Oct. 30, 2015
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The University of Denver Pioneers came out on the losing end of a fast-paced, back-and-forth hockey game on Friday night, falling to the Boston College Eagles by a score of 4-3 at Kelley Rink. Boston Bruins prospect Danton Heinen (Langley, BC) scored two goals for Denver (3-2-0) on the night while freshman forward Dylan Gambrell (Bonney Lake, Wash.) dished out a team-high three assists in registering the second multi-point game of his young career.
Between the pipes, junior Pioneers netminder Evan Cowley (Evergreen, Colo.) made 30 saves in a losing effort for the visitors while his counterpart, Eagles goalie Thatcher Demko, stopped 21 of the 24 shots sent his way by DU skaters on the night.
Denver opened the scoring on Friday, with Heinen finishing off a picture-perfect passing play with linemates Gambrell and Trevor Moore (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) by firing a backhander to the back of Boston College's net in the 10th minute of play. The Eagles then tied the game up at one apiece late in the opening frame when New Jersey Devils prospect Miles Wood beat Cowley on a breakaway to register the second goal of his freshman season.
Boston College took a 2-1 lead early in the second period as senior defenseman Teddy Doherty scored on the power play to improve his 2015-16 goals total to two. The Pioneers drew even with a man-up marker of their own, as Heinen buried his second goal of the game at the 13:46 mark of the middle frame with Gambrell and Moore again drawing helpers on the play.
The home team pulled back ahead 2:36 into the third period, with Austin Cangelosi finishing off an odd-man rush by netting his fourth tally of the season. After DU again tied the game on a long-range wrist shot off the stick of Colorado Avalanche prospect Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.), the hosts (5-1-0) retook the lead for good late in regulation when Matthew Gaudreau shoveled a loose puck past a sprawling Cowley to bring about an abrupt end to a frantic scramble in Pios territory.
"This was an outstanding college hockey game," Denver head coach Jim Montgomery said following the hard-fought road loss. "It was exciting, competitive and well-officiated. We came up a goal short but there are definitely a lot of positives to take out of this game, that's for sure."
Jim Montgomery, post-game with Jay Stickney #DUvsBC
Posted by Denver Men's Hockey on Friday, October 30, 2015
The Crimson & Gold will face [7/8] Boston University tomorrow afternoon beginning at 2:00 p.m. MT at Agganis Arena. This game will be broadcast live on PioneerVision as well as 1600 AM The Zone. Denver's next home game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6 at 7:36pm versus the CC Tigers. Tickets to this intraconference showdown can be obtained by clicking HERE.