UMD men’s hockey drops to No. 5 Denver in overtime

UMD men’s hockey drops to No. 5 Denver in overtime

UMD men's hockey drops to No. 5 Denver in overtime

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men’s hockey team skated with fifth ranked Denver University the whole game Friday night, however fell 5-4 in overtime at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth.

The Pioneers scored twice in the first period to lead 2-0.

In the second period, the Bulldogs were delivered a seven minute penalty. Luke Bast was given two minutes for cross checking at the end of the first, then a five minute major and game-misconduct for slashing. UMD killed that penalty, and 37 seconds later Aiden Dubinsky scored for the Bulldogs. Quinn Olson later scored on the power play to tie the game 2-2. Denver would take back the lead 3-2 before the end of the frame.

In the third period Denver made it 4-2. Then with just over two minutes to go Aaron Pionk made it a one goal game, then 30 seconds later captain Luke Loheit tied it 4-4 to force OT.

Denver’s Aidan Thompson scored at the 3:14 mark in OT to win the game 5-4. UMD goaltender Zach Stejskal recorded 35 saves, to Denver’s Matt Davis’ 32 saves.

UMD and Denver will close out their series Saturday at 7:07 p.m. back at AMSOIL Arena.