DENVER — Three different players scored and goaltender Derek MacIntyre stopped 24 shots to help Ferris State to a 3-2 victory over Denver in Wells Fargo Denver Cup consolation action this afternoon at Magness Arena. The No. 12 Pioneers (11-9-2) lost both tournament games for the first time since 1997, while Ferris State claimed third place and improves to 9-6-5 overall.
Mark Bomersback, Greg Rallo and Adam Miller tallied goals for Ferris State who outshot DU, 45-26. Sophomore goaltender Peter Mannino stopped a season-high 42 shots in the loss for Denver.
“We struggled this weekend,” Denver head coach George Gwozdecky said. “We didn’t play with any effort or emotion last night and Princeton took advantage. Tonight, we had better effort but our confidence and execution wasn’t good enough.”
Ferris State outshot DU, 15-8, in the first period and used a power-play goal from Bomersback with just 23 seconds remaining to take a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs peppered Mannino with nine power-play shots until Bomersback’s goal.
The Bulldogs made it 2-0 when Rallo scored his second goal of the tournament just two minutes and 42 seconds into the second stanza. Denver’s Gabe Gauthier finally put the Pioneers on the scoreboard with a power-play goal at 15:44.
Ferris State quickly killed DU’s momentum when Miller scored less than a minute later. Tom May made it 3-2 with a blast from the low right circle at 17:55. Ferris State outshot DU, 15-4, and held a 30-12 shot lead heading into the final period.
DU played a better third period, pulled Mannino for the final minute and 32 seconds, but didn’t score. The Pioneers finished 1-for-6 on the power play, while Ferris State finished 2-for-7. Zac Pearson added two assists for Ferris State. Matt Carle moved two points closer to the Pioneer Century Club with a pair of assists. The All-American has tallied 98 points on 26 goals and 72 assists in 95 career games.