One of the biggest match ups in the WCHA this weekend was #3 Denver University Vs #7 Colorado College. This arch rival, home-and-home series would be DU’s biggest test of the season yet.
Friday night’s game in Colorado Springs was a bizarre one. Even though DU slightly dominated the first period with a couple of nice hits, it was CC that took the early lead on a power play goal from Matt Stewart. Each team had two power plays and shots were even at nine a piece.
Period two consisted of two goals, two non-goals and a whole mess of penalties.
The first goal was an unassisted,come from behind the net goal from DU’s Jeff Drummond. Goal number two was an impossible angle goal from DU’s David Neale, also unassisted. Neither goal was scored on the power play even though both teams racked up a total of 44 minutes in the box.
DU’s captain Brian Vines had a goal called off after it was determined that he kicked in the puck and a goal from CC was waved off because the net had moved before the puck crossed the line. Shots on goal were 13 for DU and 9 for CC.
The third period was very chippy but a bit more disciplined. It looked like DU was going to wrap it up with a stellar break away goal from Connor James, but it too was wave off with a late interference call. With less than 5 minutes left, CC scored which sent the game into overtime.
Overtime was a bit timid with neither team wanting to make a mistake. With a pile of people in front of the net, DU’s Aaron Mackenzie’s slapped one off of a CC player and into the net for his first goal of the year.
DU 3 CC 2 OT
Scoring for DU:
1st: Jeff Drummond (ua)
2nd:David Neale (ua)
OT: Aaron Mackenzie(Kevin Doell, Greg Barber)
Total Shots on goal: CC 29 DU 28
Game two was played to a sold out crowd in Denver. CC quickly scored a power play goal from a penalty committed on the opening face off. Minutes later CC scored another power play goal and it was looking like it was going to be a long night for DU. Minutes later another power play goal was scored, only this time it was Greg Barber for DU. This changed the momentum in Denver’s favor and they never looked back. They continued to battle back and goaltender Wade Dubielewicz refused to let another puck go pasted him.
In the second period both teams played a solid game. Finally the feisty Kevin Doell put one in the net to tie the game.
In period three, Connor James busted out on another break away but was stopped by CC’s Jeff Sanger. Finally James got a second chance later in the game to bat the puck out of mid air and into the net for the game winning goal.
DU pasted their first big test by fighting back from what seemed to be an impossible task. The rest of November will be played with games on the road against Minn-Duluth,
Michigan Tech a tournament in New Hampshire.
Total shots on goal: CC 33 DU 25
Three stars: ***Barber, Greg
Nov 3,2001 DU vs. CC DU 3 CC 2
Scoring for DU:
1st: Greg Barber (PP) (Jesse Cooke, Matt Weber)
2nd:Kevin Doell (Jesse Cook, Greg Barber)
3rd: Connor James (Matt Weber, Chris Paradise)
Weekend Goalie tandem comparison:
Friday: Berkhoel: 29 shots 27 saves .931%
Saturday: Dubielewicz: 33shots 31saves .939%
The previous week pitted DU Vs. Alaska Anchorage. Friday, DU won with a score of 7 to 2 and Saturday they won 3-2. Oddly enough Saturday’s game was a better effort on DU’s part. Friday’s match was a bit sloppy and Alaska simply broke down in the third period by allowing DU to score 3 goals.
1st: Lukas Dora, (Kevin Doell, Greg Barber)
2nd:Jeff Drummond (Greg Keith)
Connor James (Jon Foster)
3rd: David Neale (Jeff Drumond)
Greg Barber (ua)
Lukas Dora (Kevin Doell)
Total shots on goal: DU 24 UAA 31
1st:Chris Paradise (Connor James)
2nd:Connonr James (PP) (Matt Weber, Ryan Caldwell)
3rd:Greg Barber (Lucas Dora, Jesse Cook)
Total shots on goal: DU 25 UAA 24
Weekend Goalie tandem comparison:
Friday: Dubielewicz: 31 shots 29 saves .935 %
Sat: Berkhoel: 24 shots 22 saves .916%
Lukas Dora: Looks can be deceiving with this guy. When his number 13 jersey is tucked in to show his 5-10 175lb frame it’s easy to assume that he’s a European finesse player.
Yes, he is from Lednice, Czech Republic and yes, he has very solid playmaking and goal scoring abilities. However, he often shocks his opponents by pounding guys both along the boards and with open ice hits. This sophomore forward is the total package.
Kevin Doell: Kevin’s jersey also gives a clue to his style of play. Number 22 plays with the crankiness of Claude Leumiux. He is often called upon to take a key face off and is a regular on the penalty kill. In Saturday’s CC game, he scored the game tying goal while falling on his knees. In a critical situation Doell will always be on the ice.
Matt Pettinger: Matt has yet to unpack his bags from his 1999 sophomore year at DU. His journey started in Denver and his talent got him an invitation to the 2000 WJC in Skelleftea, Sweden. There he scored four goals in seven games and was asked to join the always competitive Calgary Hitmen. In the 2000 entry draft he was chosen 43rd overall by the Washington Capitals. Since then he has frequently bounced back and forth between the Caps and the Portland Pirates. He makes the best of ever opportunity he can while playing with the Caps by continually registering multiple shots on goal in every game he plays.