The #1/#1 University of Denver Pioneers showed no signs of a let up one night after an emotional win over Boston University, travelling across town and cruising past #15/#19 Boston College, 6-1.
Seven Pioneers registered two-point games, including three point efforts from Troy Terry (3 A) and Dylan Gambrell (1G, 2A). Henrik Borgström and Blake Hillman posted two goals each and Tanner Jaillet recorded 25 saves for his third win of the season.
DU (4-0-2) struck first with the only goal of the first period, coming on the power play by Gambrell from Troy Terry and Ian Mitchell. After scoring twice Friday, the Pioneers’ power play erased some early-season concerns completely by going 3-for-6 against the Eagles (1-5-1, 1-1-0 Hockey East). At 30%, Denver now has the 7th best-rated unit in the country.
The second of three with a man up came just 1:15 into the second period off a tip in front by Borgström of a shot from the point by Mitchell. Mitchell appears to be settling in as the point man on the top PP unit after providing a similar spark last weekend.
Mitchell with the shot. Borgström with the tip.— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) October 29, 2017
That's enough to light it up pic.twitter.com/veDDZkoZzO
DU took command in the second half of the period with Blake Hillman’s first goal of the season, assisted off the face off by Tyson McLellan.
good things happen when you win the faceoff pic.twitter.com/Lsn7xKJJPv— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) October 29, 2017
Denver’s penalty kill was still not up to form, giving one back to BC on the power play early in the third period. At 13-of-15 (72.2%), DU ranks 48th out of 60 with the man advantage.
The goal would prove inconsequential, as DU piled it on the Eagles for the remainder of the period by scoring three goals in a 6:30 span.
Borgström scored on the power play to continue his strong scoring pace (1.60 points/game). McLellan completed his two-point night with his first goal of the season. Gambrell notched his 100th career point with the second assist on Hillman’s second goal, which completed the rout.
Denver coach Jim Montgomery had high praise for the team in his post-game comments, and for good reason.
Monty: "That was our best performance of the year...from our goaltender out, our communication was the best I’ve seen it" #DU1NATION— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) October 29, 2017
A strong weekend on the road will most certainly keep Denver at #1 in the polls and should have the team riding high into Friday’s NCHC opener at Western Michigan.