The No. 2 DU Pioneers beat Colorado College 5-1 Saturday night in Colorado Springs, reaching 20 wins on the season and jumping into first place in the NCHC standings. The Pioneers have won 12 straight against their state rivals.
The Pioneers also reached 20 wins in a season for the 16th year in a row and clinched home ice in round 1 of the Conference playoffs.
“Winning twenty games in college hockey isn’t easy and reaching that total that for sixteen straight years is a great accomplishment for our program,” Denver head coach Jim Montgomery said following Saturday’s win. “It’s obviously great to be back in first place as well. We now control our own destiny in our pursuit of the Penrose Cup, which we’ve never won. It’s definitely a trophy our student-athletes, especially the seniors, really want to hoist at the end of the regular season.”
“Any time you can win a championship of any kind it better prepares you to compete for a national title – which is ultimately our goal for this season.”
Freshman Michael Davies scored the first goal of the game. Denver then doubled its lead when first-year center Tyson McLellan to register the fourth goal of his season. Evan Janssen and Henrik Borgstrom also scored for the Pioneers.