DENVER (AP) — Nick Shore slipped home a rebound goal 17 seconds into overtime to lift Denver to a 4-3 win over second-ranked Minnesota Saturday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Shore also scored a power-play goal with 1:26 left in the third period to send the game into overtime.
The Pioneers (17-9-4, 12-6-4) won the faceoff in overtime and Joey LaLeggia took a shot from the point that hit traffic in front of the net. Shore swiped the puck around Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson for the series sweep.
Shore finished with an assist for three points and LaLeggia had two assists.
The win left the WCHA race tight at the top. Minnesota leads the pack with 30 points, followed by Minnesota Duluth with 29 and Denver with 28. The Gophers, who lost 5-3 on Friday, went into the weekend with a three-point lead.
Minnesota (19-11-1, 15-7-0) got goals from Nico Sacchetti, Zach Budish and Erik Haula.
Haula and Budish scored the game’s first two goals for a 2-0 lead at 15:17 of the second period.
Chris Knowlton made it a one-goal game late in the second period and Luke Salazar tied it for Denver on the power play early in the third.
Sacchetti broke the tie at 10:07 but Shore beat the clock on a power play to knot the game 3-3. Minnesota’s Justin Hall was sent off for high sticking with 3:09 left. Shore scored with 18 seconds left in the power play.
Patterson finished with 37 saves for the Gophers, including 12 in the third period.
Denver goalie Sam Brittain had 33 stops.
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