Feb. 23, 2009

Courtesy of Denver

COLORADO SPRINGS – No. 8 Denver battled back from a 3-1 deficit to earn a 3-3 overtime tie at No. 18 Colorado College in WCHA action tonight at World Arena. DU freshman Joe Colborne (Calgary, Alberta) scored twice, including the game-tying goal with 57 seconds left in regulation, as Denver (17-9-4, 13-7-3 WCHA) moves back into sole possession of first place in the WCHA with 29 points. Colorado College stands at 14-9-8, 10-8-5.


DU trailed 3-2 late in the third period until Colborne capped his first career two-goal game with the equalizer. Colborne took a cross-ice pass from fellow freshman Patrick Wiercioch (Maple Grove, British Columbia) and beat Richard Bachman (41 saves) high to the glove side from the right faceoff circle to give DU the 3-3 tie and all important WCHA point.


“It was a tough point to get in a tough building,” DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. “We played a strong third period and I’m really proud of our effort. Cheverie did a nice job in net and we got better as the game went on.”


CC scored first on a power-play goal from Stephen Schultz at 8:53 of the opening stanza. DU held a 13-7 shot advantage, but Bachman stopped all 13 first-period attempts.


Dustin Jackson (Omaha, Neb.) tied the game at 4:32 of the second period when he raced down a loose puck and slid the puck past Bachman deep in the CC zone. Anthony Maiani (Shelby Township, Mich.) and John Lee (Moorhead, Minn.) earned assists on the goal.


CC answered with goals by Cody Lampl and Bill Sweatt (power play) just 98 seconds apart before Colborne made it 3-2 with a man-advantage goal from Rhett Rakhshani (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Wiercioch at 15:17.


Marc Cheverie (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) stopped 25 shots and Colborne and Wiercioch led DU with two points each. DU won the shot battle, 44-28, and went 1-for-6 on the power play. CC finished 2-for-6 with the man-advantage.


The Pioneers return to action at Wisconsin on Feb. 20-21.

Notes: The Pioneers are 10th in the latest PairWise Rankings. CC maintains possession of the Gold Pan Trophy for the third consecutive year. CC leads the season series against DU, 1-0-2. DU leads the WCHA with 29 points, while Wisconsin (28), North Dakota (27) and Colorado College (25) round out the top four. The Pioneers are 5-5-2 on the road. Colborne and Wiercioch are tied for second in WCHA rookie scoring with 25 points each.