DU vs. Minnesota pt. 2
The Denver University Pioneers traveled to Minnesota this weekend for round 2 of this WCHA match-up. These same two teams met in Denver in December and split the series at one game apiece.
Game one: Round one was a battle of the goalies with Wade Dubielewicz (DU) vs. Adam Hauser (UM) pitted against each other. Hauser was the key to this match in December, stopping 30 of 31 shots and frustrating the Pioneers. This time, it was Dubielewicz that stole the show and kept his team in the game until they could weather the storm of the first period.
Over ten thousand vocal fans came to see their Gophers take on the number one team in the nation. A caged tiger named Dan Welch, who has not played for over a year, due to academic reasons, was released on the Pioneers in the first period. He created two excellent scoring chances in the first two minutes but Dubielewicz was not phased by the rowdy crowd, or the momentum created by Welch. There was no score in the first period but it was far from being boring. Dubielewicz made 9 saves and earned every one of them.
Minnesota controlled the game and the momentum at the beginning of the second period too. Finally DU’s defenseman Ryan Caldwell deeked a UM player and slapped one past Hauser as Erik Adams screened his view. Very late in the second period Minnesota was on the power play when the puck innocently squirted out of DU’s zone.
Paul Martin slipped while trying to retrieve the puck and DU’s Max Bull blew by him, scoring his second short handed goal of the season.
At the beginning of the third period Minnesota was still on the same power play when Greg Keith stole the puck away and blasted a slap shot from the face off circles and past Hauser. DU clamped down defensively and held on to the 3-1 win
Date: Jan 25,2002 DU Vs. Minnesota Score 3-1 DU
Scoring for DU:
2nd:Ryan Caldwell (Kevin Ulanski)
Max Bull (SH) (Unassisted)
3rd:Greg Keith (SH) (Unassisted)
Total Shots on Goal: DU 21 Minn 35
* Wade Dubielewicz
Game two: Saturday’s game was not a matter of what went wrong for DU but what went right for Minnesota. DU’s only goal came on a 5 on 3 when Connor James set up Lukas Dora for an easy open net tally in the second period. The rest of the game was all about Minnesota. The Gophers registered 16 shots on goal in the first period alone, and ended with a total of 46. There were more penalties committed in the first period than in the entire game on Friday.
Goalie Adam Hauser did not have his best game on Friday so he did not even dress for Saturday’s game, which made room for freshman Travis Weber. Weber was solid in net, keeping his team in the game until the offense took over. D-man, Keith Ballard, who is ranked 19th on the CSB mid-seasons rankings showed why, with TWO “goal- scorers- goals” in the third period. St Louis prospect John Pohl also added 1 goal and 2 assist to the total.
Date: Jan 26, 2002 DU Vs. Minn Score 6-1 Minn
Scoring for DU:
2nd: Lukas Dora (Connor James, Matt Weber)
*** John Pohl
** Travis Weber
* Keith Ballard
Weekend Goalie tandem Comparison:
Friday: Dubielewicz 35 shots 34 saves .971 %
Sat: Berkhoel 46 shots 40 saves .869 %
Over the next several months the WCHA will honor its top fifty players of all time.
This will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the WCHA. This list of players will be released ten at a time with the final ten to be announced at the WCHA Final Five in St. Paul in March 2002. DU’s goalie Ron Grahame was included on this most recent list. Grahame played for DU from 1969 to 1973 and still holds the records for most wins by a goalie (82) and most saves (3,565) in all of DU’s history.
Up next: DU has their second home and home series against their arch rivals, the Colorado College Tigers. DU swept the earlier series in November, which included an exciting overtime win in Colorado Springs.