No. 3 Denver Outlasts Bellarmine in Double-Overtime Thriller

Denver opened the first overtime frame with the face-off win and followed it up with six shots on cage, but was unable to find the back of the net. Bellarmine's lone shot attempted was saved by junior goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) and the Pioneers were able to force a second overtime period.

Bellarmine won the opening face-off, but a shot attempt sailed high and then a costly turnover close to midfield, gave the Pioneers the ball back. After a Denver timeout with 3:05 remaining in the second overtime frame, Berg attempted a shot that flew wide of the net. With the Pioneers' getting the back-up, Flint circled the cage and found Law open on the left side to sneak it past Ward for the game-winner with 1:42 left in the frame.

Faus finished the game with seven saves, while Carraro went 12 of 21 from the face-off X and tallying six ground balls. Denver held the advantage in shots (57-40), ground balls (29-28) and were a perfect 19 of 19 on clears.

The Pioneers will return to action on Saturday, as they travel to take on Loyola at 11:00 a.m. MT.

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DENVER - Bellarmine dropped a double overtime thriller to the No. 3 ranked Denver Pioneers 11-10 on Sunday. The Knights now fall to 7-3 (3-3 ECAC) while the Pioneers move to 9-2 (4-0 ECAC) on the season.

The game was a back-and-forth affair with Bellarmine scoring first only to have the goal disallowed when the stick of Cameron Gardner was judged to have been illegal.

Denver took advantage of Bellarmine's misfortune and Wes Berg was able to tally the game's first goal and give Denver a 1-0 lead.

After two minutes Bellarmine's Michael Ward was able to answer back with a goal of his own. Driving in with a short-stick defender draped all over him, Ward drew the slide from a long-pole and still was able to finish against Denver's Ryan LaPlante.

It was the Pioneers that would score next with just two seconds left on the first quarter clock. With seven seconds to play, after an errant shot by the Knights, LaPlante sent a clearing pass nearly 80 yards downfield which was miraculously caught and finished by Eric Law, giving Denver a 2-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Bellarmine found their offensive rhythm early in the second quarter and with back-to-back goals from Karsen Leung and Luke Acton, took a 3-2 lead over the Pioneers.

The Knights would hold the lead for just over one minute before Denver's Berg tied the game in spectacular fashion. Cradling his way through defenders on the crease, Berg dropped his stick into his left hand and put a crafty between the legs shot on cage that Dillon Ward never saw coming.

After a goal from Cameron Flint gave the Pioneers a 4-3 lead, Bellarmine's Gardner was able to throw a fake, create space and rip a shot to the top right corner and tie the game at 4-4 at the half.

Denver came out in the second half and got their offense rolling, scoring two consecutive goals to take a 6-4 lead with 7:03 to play in the period.

The Knights were able to respond with a four goal run of their own thanks to back-to-back goals from Lance Robinson, the second of which was a textbook split dodge. Robinson, matched up with a short-stick, ran at the defender and quickly split from left to right and was able to finish on Jamie Faus.

Bellarmine's two goal cushion would not last long however after Flint and Law put together a run of their own and tied the contest at 8-8.

The last five minutes of regulation would prove to be exciting with both teams answering back, unwilling to go away.

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2013-04-07



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