Jan. 25, 2009

Courtesy University of Denver

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - After getting thrashed 8-3 last night, the No. 4 Denver Pioneers responded with a strong effort to earn a 2-2 overtime tie tonight against No. 15 North Dakota before 11,856 frenzied fans at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Denver (15-7-3, 11-5-2 WCHA) earns one league point and remains first in the WCHA with 24 points, while North Dakota remains second with 23 points.

The Pioneers outshot North Dakota 40-25 and received a superb goaltending effort from Marc Cheverie (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia), who allowed a career-high seven goals last night. Cheverie stopped 23 shots tonight and led DU's penalty-kill unit to a perfect 4-for-4 effort.

Anthony Maiani (Shelby Township, Mich.) and Patrick Wiercioch (Maple Ridge, British Columbia) scored for DU, and Rhett Rakhshani (Huntington Beach, Calif.) extended his point streak to seven games with an assist.

The Pioneers started strong, but Matt Frattin converted a turnover in the slot to give UND an early 1-0 lead at 4:44 of the first period. Maiani tied it when he re-directed a Chris Nutini (Centennial, Colo.) shot past Brad Eidsness (38 saves) at 11:21.

Evan Trupp converted a DU turnover in the neutral zone and scored a breakaway goal at 16:52 of the second stanza, but DU tallied its third goal in the final minute of a period during the series when Wiercioch scored at the top of the slot on the power play.

DU outshot UND 12-8 in the third period and 4-3 in overtime, but settled for the important 2-2 tie. DU's best scoring chance in overtime came when Jesse Martin (Edmonton, Alberta) rattled a wrist shot off the right post at 1:40. The Pioneers went 1-for-5 on the power play in the tie.

DU hosts Alaska Anchorage on Jan. 30-31 at Magness Arena.