NCAA hockey: No. 10 Denver completes sweep of No. 2 BU
On the strength of a three-point (two goals, one assist) performance from freshman forward Henrik Borgström, the Denver Pioneers completed a weekend sweep of Boston University on Saturday night, downing the Terriers by a score of 3-1 at Magness Arena to improve to 2-2-0 on the young season. Junior goaltender Tanner Jaillet made 24 saves on 25 shots in backstopping DU to victory, capturing his second win of the weekend and earning No. 2 Star of the Game honors in the process.
"This was a great weekend for us and a big step forward for our team," Denver head coach Jim Montgomery said following Saturday's victory. "Our puck support and our compete level were very strong both nights which is exactly what we needed in order to beat a talented team like the Terriers and what we need to have consistently in order to be successful moving forward. We won a lot of one-on-one battles this weekend and a lot of different guys stepped up with big time efforts for us. These were two good team wins and it's definitely encouraging to see positive results coming from the hard work our student-athletes have been putting in."
After a scoreless opening period, Borgström got Denver on the board early in the middle frame when he beat BU goalie Jake Oettinger from a sharp angle to register the first goal of his collegiate career. Sophomore winger Jarid Lukosevicius picked up the primary assist on the play.
Boston University tied the game at one apiece in the opening minute of the third period on a power play goal by New York Islanders prospect Kiefer Bellows, but Borgström buried a nifty backhander midway through the stanza to restore the Pios' one-goal advantage. The Florida Panthers prospect then set up fellow freshman Tyson McLellan for an empty-netter late in regulation that sealed the hosts' victory.