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Denver wins Frozen Four tournament

Eden native Alex Iafallo and Minnesota-Duluth comes up just short in title game

April 09, 2017 - 11:41 am

By: Mike Jafari

The Denver Pioneers are back on top of the college hockey world after defeating the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3-2 on Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. It is the Pioneers' first NCAA title since 2005, and the eighth title in school history.

Sophomore forward Jarid Lukosevicius carried the Pioneers to the title as he scored three goals in the second period alone. Lukosevicius scored the first hat-trick in a NCAA title game in over 20 years.

Denver goaltender and Mike Richter Award winner Tanner Jaillet also came up huge with 38 saves in the victory. Minnesota-Duluth goalie Hunter Miska also played well with 35 saves on 38 shots faced in the loss.

On Friday, Denver’s senior defenseman Will Butcher won the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey. The Colorado Avalanche prospect was the first defenseman to win the award since 2009 when Matt Gilroy won the honor playing with Boston University.

As for Eden native and Bulldogs forward Alex Iafallo, he scored a goal for the in the second period and registered five shots on goal. He will now become a free agent, and has reportedly gotten interest in many NHL teams.

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