DENVER – Sophomore Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.) and senior David Makowski (St. Louis, Mo.) registered goals as the No. 18/17 University of Denver hockey team were edged 3-2 on Friday night by in-state rival Colorado College before a sellout crowd of 6,026 at Magness Arena.
The Pioneers never led in the loss, but can still secure the Gold Pan Trophy for the second consecutive season and the fifth time over the last six seasons with a win or tie on Saturday night versus the Tigers in Colorado Springs.
Denver drops to 14-11-6 overall and 8-8-3-2 in NCHC action after the loss. Colorado College moves to 5-18-6 on the season and 4-10-5 in the conference loop following the victory.
Eleven of the last 14 games in the Denver-Colorado College series have ended in a tie or been decided by a single goal.
""I am really disappointed and I really can't hide my feelings enough - by my team's lack of emotion and lack of effort,” DU head coach Jim Montgomery said.
Colorado College opened the scoring 10:06 into the opening period on a tap in by Jared Hanson for his second tally of the season to claim a 1-0 advantage. Eamonn McDermott won a loose puck at the DU blueline before hitting teammate Archie Skalbeck with a cross-ice pass, who then found Hanson with a touch pass for the one timer just to the right of the crease.
Shore evened things up at 1-1 for the Pioneers with his 11th point in the last 11 games, just 4:09 into the second. Gabe Levin (Marina del Rey, Calif.) connected with Shore on a pass in the left corner, who then rifled a shot on net from a tough angle that got past Colorado College goalie Josh Thorimert on the near post.
The Tigers reclaimed the lead with a power play goal after Denver’s Zac Larraza (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was hit with a five-minute major and game misconduct for a blow to the head with 3:13 left in the second period. Shortly after, Jaccob Slavin found teammate Cody Bradley deep in the slot for his fourth score of the season to give Colorado College a 2-1 advantage with 1:27 remaining before the second intermission.
Christian Heil increased the Colorado College lead to 3-1 on his first collegiate goal 7:43 into the third period. Alexander Krushelnyski skated across the slot and slipped a pass through to Heil who tapped it across the goal line for the two-goal margin.
Denver trimmed the lead to 3-2 with 7:05 left in regulation on a power play blast by Makowski. Makowski corralled the puck just inside the Colorado College blue line before rifling a slap shot past Tiger netminder Thorimbert, beating him high on his stick side. The tally marked Makowski’s sixth power play score this season – tops on the squad.
Colorado College outshot Denver en route to the victory 29-28. The Pioneers finished 1-of-5 on the power play, while the Tigers finished on a 1-for-5 clip.
Denver’s Sam Brittain (Calgary, Alberta) finished with 26 stops in the loss. Thorimbert matched his with 26 saves of his own.
Denver will conclude this season’s edition of the Gold Pan Series with a 7:07 p.m. puck drop on Saturday night vs. Colorado College at World Arena. Saturday’s game will be televised live on Altitude and broadcast live on Denver’s 102.3 FM ESPN Radio.