Gameday final: Denver 5, UND 4

TONIGHT’S VIEWING: NBC Sports Network (GF Ch. 69). Lineup notes: Derek Rodwell is out and didn’t make the trip (healthy). Brendan O’Donnell is back in.

First period

UND 1, Denver 0 — Rocco Grimaldi (Nick Mattson) 2:59. Mattson makes an outstanding hold at the point, then a nifty dish to Grimaldi who launches a point shot past Olkinuora after great pressure by UND.

UND 1, Denver 1 — Zac Larraza (Ty Loney) 5:48. Larraza throws a turnaround shot from the outside of the circle. It appears to hit something in front and get by Gothberg on the short side.

Second period

UND 2, Denver 1 — Carter Rowney (Drake Cagguila, Derek Forbort) 1:08. Forbort makes a great play at the blue line to get a shot around a forward and Olkinuora has a tough time handling it. After the puck glances off of Caggiula, Rowney picks it up and snipes on the rebound.

UND 2, Denver 2 — Chris Knowlton (Paul Phillips, David Makowski) 3:43 (pp). Knowlton snaps a shot from the right circle through an Ostrow screen to tie the game with a power-play goal.

Denver 3, UND 2 — Daniel Doremus 4:08. Doremus snaps a shot, unscreened, from the outside of the circle and it gets by Gothberg. Gothberg is pulled after allowing the goal for Saunders.

Denver 4, UND 2 — Joey LaLeggia (Quentin Shore, Ty Loney) 7:56 (pp). Denver’s power play continues to dominate and the Pioneers get another one when LaLeggia shots a point shot through traffic for a two-goal lead.

Denver 4, UND 3 — Corban Knight (Joe Gleason, Danny Kristo) 9:22 (pp). UND shows great puck movement on its power play. Kristo sends it to Gleason in the right circle, Gleason hits Knight cross-crease and Knight launches a one-timer home.

Third period

Denver 5, UND 3 — Nick Shore (Chris Knowlton, Daniel Doremus) 3:45. Shore leads a rush up the ice and drops a pass for Knowlton, who snaps one on Saunders. Saunders can’t handle the shot and leaves a rebound in the crease area for Shore to pick up.

Denver 5, UND 4 — Danny Kristo (Corban Knight) 8:29 (sh). Knight picks up a loose puck near the blue line. Kristo recognizes a rush is possible and sprints all the way up the ice, getting behind the defender. Knight threads a perfect pass for Kristo, who puts it away glove side.

UND’s lines

19 Rocco Grimaldi–10 Corban Knight–7 Danny Kristo
9 Drake Caggiula–27 Carter Rowney–15 Michael Parks
25 Mitch MacMillan–16 Mark MacMillan–21 Brendan O’Donnell
8 Dan Senkbeil–28 Stephane Pattyn–17 Colten St. Clair

2 Andrew MacWilliam–18 Dillon Simpson
4 Derek Forbort–24 Jordan Schmaltz
5 Nick Mattson–20 Joe Gleason

31 Zane Gothberg
33 Clarke Saunders

Denver’s lines

9 Gabe Levin–23 Nick Shore–11 Chris Knowlton
16 Zac Larraza–26 Shawn Ostrow–12 Ty Loney
17 Garrett Allen–27 Quentin Shore–25 Matt Tabrum
14 Larkin Jacobson–19 Daniel Doremus–39 Grant Arnold

7 Paul Phillips–2 Scott Mayfield
8 Nolan Zajac–10 David Makowski
21 Joey LaLeggia–4 Josiah Didier

31 Juho Olkinuora
1 Sam Brittain
33 Adam Murray

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