Dec. 13, 2008

Courtesy of Denver

ANKATO, Minn. – Jesse Martin (Edmonton, Alberta) tallied two goals and senior captain J.P. Testwuide (Vail, Colo.) added a career-best three assists as No. 5/6 Denver defeated No. 14 Minnesota State, 3-2, tonight in WCHA action at Alltel Center. Denver (12-5-1, 8-4-1 WCHA) moves into first place in the WCHA with its sixth consecutive win, while Minnesota State falls for the third consecutive game.


DU goaltender Marc Cheverie (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) stopped 21 shots as the Pioneers won for just the second time in their last nine games in Mankato.


“We are happy to win on the road, especially here in Mankato,” DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. “Marc had another strong game for us and we gained a lot of momentum in the second period. We got a little reckless late in the second, but played a fairly smart third period.”


After a scoreless first period, the Pioneers lit the lamp three times. Tyler Ruegsegger (Lakewood, Colo.) backhanded a nifty pass to Joe Colborne (Calgary, Alberta) at 5:38 and Martin found an open net at 9:38 off a feed from Anthony Maiani (Shelby Township, Mich.). Martin connected again from Maiani and Testwuide with a 4x4 goal at 13:26. The Mavericks finally solved Cheverie at 18:27 of the second on a goal from Tyler Thompson from the low slot.


The Mavericks made it a one goal game at 9:19 with a power-play goal from Ryan Galiardi. The Mavericks pulled goaltender Mike Zacharias (24 saves) for the final 59 seconds, but couldn’t tally the equalizer.


DU outshot MSU, 27-23, but went 0-for-7 on the power play. MSU finished 1-for-6 with the man-advantage.


The teams play the series finale tomorrow night at 6:07 p.m.


Notes: DU’s eight period scoring streak ended in the first stanza. The Pioneers have scored the first goal in their last six games. Martin has four goals during his three-game goal streak. Maiani has 2-10--12 during his seven-game point streak, while Colborne has 2-9—11 during his six-game point streak. Tyler Bozak left the game in the second period with an injury and didn’t return.