Denver scores five unanswered, skates past Sun Devils 8–4


The University of Denver Pioneers overcame a 3–0 deficit and scored five unanswered goals to salvage a weekend split with Arizona State on Saturday. Junior forward Jack Devine led the way with two goals, and forward Massimo Rizzo became the 102nd player in school history to record 100 career points. Freddie Halyk made his fifth straight start, stopping 29 of 33 shots on goal.

The basics

Score: Denver 8, Arizona State 4

Location: Tempe, Arizona

Records: Denver (7–2–1), Arizona State (7–2–1)

How It happened

— The Sun Devils jumped out to a 2–0 lead in the first period, with the goals coming 51 seconds apart. Arizona State made it a 3–0 advantage early in the second period on Friday’s hero Tyler Gratton’s fifth marker of the year

— Denver stormed back to score four times in the second period, starting with McKade Webster’s second goal of the season.

— Freshman forward Miko Matikka added his fourth goal of the year less than one minute later.

— Junior Jack Devine provided the game-tying and go-ahead goals, his ninth and 10th of the season, with the latter coming on the power play.

— Sophomore Jared Wright scored his third of the year at the 3:39 mark of the third period after slipping past the Arizona State defense and tipping in Carter King’s centering feed.

— Arizona State got one back on a 4-on-3 power play, with Matthew Kopperud rifling a bad-angle shot home from the right side of the cage.

— Late in the third period and with the Sun Devils’ net empty, the Pioneers scored two empty-net goals, including King’s seventh of the year. Rieger Lorenz joined in on the fun with his third.

— Freshman forward Sam Harris added the dagger with under eight seconds left for good measure.

DU leaders

Goals: Devine (2), Harris (1), Lorenz (1), Wright (1), Webster (1), Matikka (1), King (1)
Points: King (4), Devine (2), Matikka (2)
Assists: King (3)

Up next

Denver will return home for a two-game series against Omaha on Friday and Saturday.



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