DENVER — UNO played a tight game against No. 3 Denver on Friday, but it failed to find a goal again.
The No. 3 Pioneers (13-4-2) blanked the Mavericks (6-11-2) for the fourth consecutive time in their head-to-head series, posting a 1-0 win at Magness Arena to extend their winning streak to six games.
Denver beat UNO for the 13th consecutive time thanks to a Jarid Lukosevicius goal in the second period.
The Pioneers survived a late power play by the Mavs, which included an extra attacker, to improve to 5-4 in the NCHC. UNO fell to 2-6-1-1 with its fourth straight league loss.
Denver, playing at home for the first time in 47 days, hasn’t allowed a goal to the Mavs in the last 275 minutes and 33 seconds of hockey the teams have played, dating to its 4-2 win in March of 2017.
UNO, seeking its first win at Denver since November of 2013, had the game at pace it wanted during the first period. The Mavs limited the offensive chances for the Pioneers for the first 14 minutes and then killed off a late penalty, getting a great opportunity of their own on a shorthanded breakaway.
DU’s Ian Mitchell snapped his stick in two near the blue line during a power play, which allowed UNO’s Tristan Keck to race the other way unimpeded on a counter attack. But Denver goalie Filip Larsson, who entered the series with a 4-0-1 mark this season, denied Keck at the net to keep the game scoreless.
It remained that way until late in the second period, which was dominated by the Pioneers. Denver outshot the Mavs 12-2 over the second 20 minutes, eventually moving in front on Lukosevicius’ goal.
Emilio Pettersen drove past defenseman Ryan Jones and sent a pass past UNO’s Nate Knoepke to Lukosevicius, who broke the scoreless deadlock with 1:12 remaining in the period. The Mavs took a power-play opportunity into the third, but couldn’t capitalize. And they had few good chances after.
Larsson made 21 saves while remaining unbeaten on the season.
Evan Weninger recorded 33 saves for UNO, but allowed a goal for the first time in three games.
UNO (6-11-2, 2-6-1-1)……..0 0 0—0
Denver (13-4-2, 5-4)……….0 1 0—1
Second period: 1, DU, Jarid Lukosevicius (Emilio Pettersen, Cole Guttman) 18:48.
Power plays: UNO 0-4, DU 0-3.
Penalties-minutes: UNO 4-8, DU 5-10.
Goalies: UNO, Evan Weninger (34 shots, 33 saves, 57:58). DU, Filip Larsson (21 shots, 21 saves, 59:56).
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