Denver battles back for overtime-winner against North Dakota

  

The No. 3-ranked Denver Pioneers flipped the script on No. 2-ranked North Dakota, overcoming a one-goal deficit in the third period to salvage a series split in overtime on Saturday.

The Fighting Hawks opened the scoring late in the first period on a five-minute power play. Denver responded at the 4:38 mark in the second period on Aidan Thompson’s snipe. North Dakota took a 2–1 lead early in the third period after a defensive breakdown led to Hunter Johannes’ seventh goal of the year. However, the Pioneers tied the game on Zeev Buium’s wrister from the slot later in the frame. Carter King cleaned up the rebound in the overtime session to give Denver the win and a weekend series split.

  • Forward Aidan Thompson and defenseman Zeev Buium led the Pioneers with two points each. Thompson tallied a multi-point effort for the second time in three games. Buium led all skaters with seven shots on goal.
  • Sophomore forward Tristan Lemyre slotted into the lineup for the second time this season in place of freshman forward Miko Matikka, who was sidelined with an illness. Lemyre tallied his first point of the year, an assist on Buium’s equalizer.
  • Junior forward Carter King tallied the overtime winner after Denver caught North Dakota in a change. Zeev Buium found Massimo Rizzo on a cross-ice pass, but the latter’s initial shot was stopped. However, King buried the loose puck for his second game-winning goal of the season.
  • Sean Behrens, Massimo Rizzo and Jared Wright all recorded assists in the game.
  • King, Rizzo and Thompson each had five shots on goal.
  • Freshman forward Sam Harris received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty in the first period for hitting from behind.
  • Freshman netminder Freddie Halyk rebounded from Friday night’s performance, stopping 29 of 31 shots on goal.

Up next

Denver will play their first road game since Nov. 11 next weekend, with a two-game road trip to Western Michigan. Puck drop is set for 5 p.m. MST on Friday and 4 p.m. MST on Saturday.

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