THORIMBERT STOPS 29 SHOTS AS COLORADO COLLEGE SHUTS OUT DENVER, 2-0
Sophomore goaltender Josh Thorimbert earns fist shutout of season for Tigers
DENVER - In-state rival No. 11 Colorado College beat No. 13 Denver 2-0 Friday night in front of a record crowd of 6,207 at Magness Arena. Sophomore Sam Brittain (Calgary, Alberta) made 33 saves in his second game since returning from injury as the Crimson and Gold fall to 15-9-3, 10-6-3 WCHA.
The Tigers, who received goals from Jaden Schwartz (game-winner) and David Civitarese (empty-netter) and 29 saves from Josh Thorimbert, improve to 15-9-1, 12-7-0 WCHA. The Tigers also jump ahead of Denver in the WCHA standings with the victory.
"Our first period was about as poor a period as we've played in a long time," DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. "Sometimes in a rivalry like this you try to do too much, do things you normally wouldn't do, and as good as CC is we made things even more difficult on ourselves with how we played. I thought Sam Brittain was terrific in net for us tonight."
Colorado College opened the scoring on Schwartz's power-play goal at 11:48 of the opening frame. The Tigers maintained their 1-0 lead, outshooting the Pioneers 15-4 in the first period.
The Pioneers came up with a 17-shot middle stanza, but the Tigers held onto their one-goal lead.
In the third, Denver fired just 8 shots on net and was held off the board. A five-minute boarding major on Jarrod Mermis (Alton, Ill.) at 13:53 and Civitarese's empty-net goal at 19:10 sealed the victory for the Tigers.
Colorado College outshot Denver, 35-29, as Denver went 0-for-2 with the man-advantage and killed 5-of-6 penalties.
DU needs a win tomorrow night in Colorado Springs to retain the Gold Pan Trophy for the third consecutive year. Puck drop at World Arena is set for 7:07 p.m. MT.
Notes: The loss ended Denver's five-game winning streak. DU is 16th in the latest PairWise Rankings. Joey LaLeggia's (Burnaby, British Columbia) eight-game point streak ended in the loss. LaLeggia was named HCA National Rookie of the Month for January earlier today. Freshman Ty Loney (Valencia, Pa.) missed Friday's contest due to a team suspension. Senior co-captain Dustin Jackson (Omaha, Neb.) and CC's Aaron Harstad left the game in the first period after receiving coincidental game disqualification penalties for fighting. Both players will sit out tomorrow's contest.