Jacobson breaks deadlock to advance No. 11 Denver past No. 12 Cornell 2-1
Last Updated - January 6, 2013 6:59 GMT
DENVER — Sophomore Larkin Jacobson broke a one-goal deadlock by scoring his first career goal with 12:15 remaining in regulation to lift No. 11 Denver to a 2-1 victory against No. 12 Cornell on Saturday before a crowd of 5,869 at Magness Arena.
The win marked the third in a row for the Pioneers and improved their overall mark to 12-6-3 on the season, while Cornell slipped to 7-6-2. Denver also moved to 5-2-0 in non-conference action and swept a team for the first time since taking a pair from Colorado College on Nov. 16-17.
“To be able to win a two-game series against a quality opponent like Cornell is huge confidence builder for us,” Denver head coach George Gwozdecky said. “Mike Schafer and his staff do a great job every year. They are one of the top teams in the East and the ECAC. I thought at times we played better [Saturday] than we did [Friday]. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to have a better score. To be in the position that it was anybody’s game in the third period and to find a way to score and to defend it from that point on is a good experience for our guys.”
Jacobson blasted home the game-winner following a centering feed from teammate David Makowski who dug out a puck from the corner before finding Jacobson’s stick in front of the net.
Cornell (7-6-2) took the game’s first lead when Greg Miller scored to give the Big Red a 1-0 advantage just 45 seconds into the action off an assist from Nick D’Agostino.
Denver (12-6-3) had a chance to even it up later in the period when Cornell’s Teemu Tiitinen was given a five-minute game misconduct for contact to the head, but the Pioneers came away empty after only getting one shot on goal during the advantage.
Sophomore Daniel Doremus tied the game at one with 50 seconds left prior to the first intermission with a blast from the right side following a rebound. The goal marked his eighth of the season and first since Dec. 1 against Wisconsin.
Both teams skated to a scoreless second period but the Pioneers kept control of the action as they outshot the Big Red 16-2 for the frame. The second period also saw a second Cornell player ejected from the game for a hit to the head as Erik Axell was tossed at the 9:26 mark of the period.
Denver outshot Cornell for the game 36-20. Both teams came away empty on four power-play opportunities.
Pioneer goalie Juho Olkinuora made 19 saves and allowed one goal or less for the third consecutive game.
Cornell won the overall faceoff battle 40-31. Shawn Ostrow led the Pioneers on the draws capturing 15 of 28.