Denver pummels UAA 7-1 to match Seawolves' most lopsided defeat in a lopsided season

dwoody@adn.comMarch 8, 2013 

UAA sophomore Scott Allen scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season Friday night and junior goaltender Rob Gunderson stopped a career-high 45 shots.

And that's a wrap on your Seawolves highlights.

The lowlights will require much more time and space, two things the University of Denver evidently didn't permit its Western Collegiate Hockey Association visitors to enjoy.

Denver's 7-1 rag-dolling of UAA at Magness Arena matched the Seawolves most-lopsided loss this season -- Minnesota routed UAA by the same score in mid-January.

The Pioneers, ranked No. 11 in one national poll and No. 12 in another, outshot the Seawolves by a ridiculous margin -- 52-17 -- usually reserved for one-sided youth games.

The Pioneers (18-11-5, 13-9-5 WCHA), who cranked off the game's first nine shots in the opening three-plus minutes, reeled off six unanswered goals after Allen's marker less than five minutes into the game forged a 1-1 tie. Denver's victory allowed it to jump up one spot into sixth place in the 12-team WCHA, and that's a critical position because the top six finishers in the regular season earn home-ice advantage for the league playoffs.

The Seawolves (4-22-7, 2-19-6 WCHA), meanwhile, are not trending well -- lost their sixth consecutive game and have won just once in the last 21 games (1-17-3).

The 52 shots UAA allowed were the most it has surrendered this season. The 23 shots Denver fired in the first period, when it seized a 3-1 lead, marked the most shots the Seawolves have allowed in a period this season.

After Daniel Doremus delivered Denver a 1-0 lead just more than three minutes into the game -- Gunderson's crease had already become a shooting gallery -- Allen scored off helpers from Andrew Pettitt and Blake Tatchell 1:27 later to forge a 1-1 tie.

But the Pioneers received goals 15 seconds apart from Nick Shore and Zac Larraza in the final minute of the first period -- Shore scored on the power play, Larraza at even strength -- to take a 3-1 lead into the dressing room.

Larraza's short-handed goal four minutes into the second period proved a dagger and Denver's Matt Tabrum piled on midway through the period to give the Pioneers a 5-1 cushion. David Makowsky and Shawn Ostrow added third-period goals.

UAA has scored one goal, or none, in five of its six consecutive losses.

The Seawolves did learn some crucial information Friday. St. Cloud's 4-2 victory at Wisconsin secured the Huskies the No. 1 seed in the league, which means the Seawolves will visit the Granite City for the first round of the playoffs next week.

Seawolves notes

UAA fell to 1-11-2 on the road this season and 1-10-2 in WCHA games.

Saturday's series finale at Denver is the final regular-season game for both clubs.

UAA again was without junior winger Jordan Kwas (sprained ankle) and sophomore defenseman Austin Coldwell (injured knee).

Find Doyle Woody's blog at adn.com/hockeyblog or call him at 257-4335.

UAA 1 0 0 -- 1

DU 3 2 2 -- 7

First Period -- 1, DU, Doremus 10 (LaLeggia), 3:13; 2, UAA, Allen 12 (Pettitt, Tatchell), 4:40; 3, DU, N. Shore 13 (Loney, LaLeggia), 19:31 (pp); 4, DU, Larraza 9 (Phillips), 19:46. Penalties -- Williams, UAA (tripping), 9:06; Q. Shore, DU (interference), 9:59; Sevalrud, UAA (elbowing), 9:59; Sevalrud, UAA (boarding), 12:44; Currier, UAA (high-sticking), 18:52.

Second Period -- 5, DU, Larraza 10, 4:08 (sh); 6, DU, Tabrum 7 (Q. Shore), 10:43. Penalties -- Levin, DU (interference), 3:39; Loney, DU (slashing), 11:30; Murphy, UAA (tripping), 17:18.

Third Period -- 7, DU, Makowski 7 (Ostrow, Loney), 1:11; 8, DU, Ostrow 12 (Loney, Mayfield), 10:28. Penalties -- Q. Shore, DU, double-minor (roughing), 11:34; LaLeggia, DU (roughing), 11:34; Crowell, UAA (roughing), 11:34; Sproule, UAA (roughing), 11:34; Tatchell, UAA (interference), 12:42; Roy, UAA (tripping), 15:40.

Shots on goal -- UAA 6-6-6--17. DU 23-11-18--52.

Power-play Opportunities -- UAA 0 of 3; DU 1 of 6.

Goalies -- UAA, Gunderson, 2-10-4 (52 shots-45 saves; DU, Olkinuora, 12-4-5 (17-16).

A -- 5,223 (6,026). T -- 2:20.

Referees -- Tom Sterns, Scott Bokal. Assistant referees -- Tim Swiader, Gary Pedigo.

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