Denver University Report

By Christa Moore

Oct 5th DU vs University of Alberta (DU 6, Alb 2)

DU Scoring:
1st: Bryan Vines (Connor James, Jussi Halme), 7:22
Lukas Dora (Kevin Doell, Kevin Ulanski), 12:49
Max Bull (Jeff Drummond, David Neale), 13:13

2nd: Jon Foster (Connor James, Aaron MacKenzie), 7:10

3rd: Jon Foster, (Aaron MacKenzie) 9:30
Kevin Doell (Lukas Dora, Bryan Vines), 10:24

Oct 12, 2001 DU vs Boston College (DU 4, BC 3)

DU Scoring:
1st: Matt Weber ( Jon Foster, Ryan Caldwell) 1:16

2nd: Jon Foster (Chris Paradise, Jesse Cook) 0:58
Lukas Dora (Aaron MacKenzie, Ryan Caldwell) 12:27

3rd: Jon Foster (Aaron MacKenzie) 1:42

Goalie: Wade Dubielewicz 28 shots, 25 saves 0.892 save %

Oct 13, 2001 DU vs Northeastern (DU 3, NE 0)

DU Scoring:
1st: none

2nd: Matt Weber (Chris Paradise, Ryan Caldwell)
Greg Keith (Kevin Doell, Jesse Cook)

3rd: Kevin Doell (Jesse Cook)

Goalie: Adam Berkhoel 24 shots 24 saves

Player profiles:

Adam Berkhoel/Wade Dubielewicz: Listed here in alphabetical order due to the fact that you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who wants to rank one over the other. No such thing as a back-up goaltender here. Coach Gwozdecky called them the best goaltending tandem in the WCHA this year. Dubielewicz (Doo-bull-whits) was the back up to Stephen Wagner during his rookie year. He often stood on his head after the opposing team had roughed up Wagner. Berkhoel came to the WCHA from the USHL with many awards and high praise to his name. The fact that both are equally talented creates a positive competitiveness. The rest of the team benefits from this, knowing that there will be solid goaltending in net every night. Expect to see one play on Friday and the other to play on Saturday through out the season.

Connor James:
30 NHL teams past over James in the 2001 entry draft. Perhaps one reason is his size. Listed at 5’10 168lb, James has worked hard over the summer to beef up. He had two beautiful assists against Alberta and looks to be a creative playmaker. Look for this to be the year that he makes those 30 NHL teams regret passing him by.

Jon Foster: Where did this guy come from? This freshman from Suffern, NY has already chalked up 5 points in three games. He’s been the gem of the freshman crop so far and seems to be clicking well with James and other line mates.

Aaron MacKenzie:
Sporting the “A” in this, his Junior year, Mackenzie has already tallied 4 points this season. Mackenzie is a solid blue liner who is not afraid to jump in and help out in the offensive end. Look for this to be his break out year.

Good news: Congratulations to former DU captain Mark Rycroft for cracking the line up of the St. Louis Blues. Rycroft already has two assists in 3 games, playing on a line with either Keith Tkachuk or Pavol Demitra. He will add grit and leadership to the Blues for many years to come.

Bad news: Sadly, former DU favorite, Paul Comrie had to retire at the early age of 24 due to post concussion syndrome. DU fans wish Paul the best.