Rapid Reaction No. 2 Denver cruises to sweep of Colorado College hockey

February 11, 2017 Updated: February 11, 2017 at 9:46 pm
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photo - t020516 --- Clint Austin --- austinUMDPUX0206c4 --- Colorado College goaltender Jacob Nehama (31) dives after the puck in the first period of Friday's game against Minnesota Duluth at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn. Nehama made the save on the play. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)
t020516 --- Clint Austin --- austinUMDPUX0206c4 --- Colorado College goaltender Jacob Nehama (31) dives after the puck in the first period of Friday's game against Minnesota Duluth at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn. Nehama made the save on the play. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com) 

Rapid Reaction

The Broadmoor World Arena crowd rose to their collective feet for a standing ovation when 2003 Hobey Baker winner Peter Sejna was honored during first intermission.

It was about all the pro-Colorado College had to cheer about on Saturday night.

Second-ranked Denver’s secondary scorers helped the visiting Pioneers prevail 5-1 and conclude a season series sweep of the last-place Tigers.

A goal by senior Evan Janssen about six minutes into the second period made it 3-0 and put the Pioneers well on their way to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference victory -- Denver’s 12th in a row over CC (7-19-2, 3-13-2).

Colorado College made it interesting when leading scorer Mason Bergh scored a power-play tally for his 13th goal of his sophomore season. The score made it 3-1 with 3:58 left in the second period.

But Denver slammed the door shut when freshman Henrik Borgstrom scored on a unassisted breakaway with 46 seconds left in the second to pull ahead by three.

First period report

Second-ranked Denver’s fourth line delivered a critical goal when sophomore Tyson McLellan scored with 70 seconds left to put the Pioneers ahead 2-0 entering the first intermission.

Freshman defenseman Michael Davies scored the opening goal with 6:29 remaining for a 1-0 lead off a power-play tally.

It makes for a tall mountain to climb for the Tigers, who entered Saturday’s game averaging 2.11 goals.

Pregame report

A day after saying CC fans should expect some lineup changes, only the extra skater has changed with the Tigers going with an extra forward (Gregg Burmaster) instead of an extra defenseman (usually Ben Israel or Alex Pernitsky) in Saturday’s series finale.

No. 2 Denver will be at full strength for Saturday’s series finale against Colorado College after both Henrik Borgstrom (flu) and Troy Terry (upper-body injury) made it through Friday’s game unscathed.

"I really appreciate both of them coming back as quick as they did," Denver coach Jim Montgomery told the Denver Post after Friday’s game. "Borgstrom, he gutted it out. His shifts were like 28 seconds long. He doesn't have much in the tank. He's only been eating for a day. But he'll be better tomorrow, Terry will be better tomorrow, Pioneers will be better tomorrow."

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Colorado College

LW-C-RW

Bergh-Gerdes-Hansen

Berardinelli-Rothstein-Halloran

Gooch-Kehoe-Michaud

Makara-Ockey-VanHorn

LD-RD

Blumenschein-Farny

McCaskill-Pernitsky

Kivihalme-Kwiecinski

Extra – Burmaster.

Goalies – Leclerc, Shatzer.

No. 2 Denver

LW-C-RW

Lukosevicius-Borgstrom-Terry

Janssen-Marcinew- Gambrell

Romig-Ritt-Staub

Finlay-McLellan-O’Connor

LD-RD

Plant-Butcher

Hammond-Davies

Hillman-VanVoorhis

Goalies – Jaillet, Cowley, Ogard.

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