Denver wins national championship on Lukosevicius hat trick

CHICAGO — Denver’s Jarid Lukosevicius scored the first hat trick in an NCAA title game since his coach Jim Montgomery did it for Maine in 1993, leading the Pioneers to a 3-2 win over Minnesota Duluth for the 2017 NCAA national championship.

Lukosevicius’ first two goals came just 16 seconds apart, the fastest two goals by the same player in a national championship game.

Lukosevicius deflected a shot by Michael Davies at 4:44 of the second and poked in a goal-mouth feed from Troy Terry at 5:00. His third goal again came on the doorstep as he buried a pass from Dylan Gambrell at 12:23.

Duluth’s Alex Iafallo scored on the power play at 7:16 of the second period, putting home a feed from Joey Anderson to cut the Denver lead at that point to 2-1.

Riley Tufte cut the Denver lead to 3-2 with 5:21 left in the third. A shot from Avery Peterson from a sharp angle clanked off the post and dropped to the far side of the crease, well wide of Denver goalie Tanner Jaillet. Tufte reached out to poke it in.

Minnesota Duluth outshot Denver 17-3 in the third period and 40-28 in the game.

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    • Great game, think the best team won. Grade A+ on your prediction. On a night when you could see why Montgomery won Coach of the Year, Jaillet won Richter, and Butcher won Hobey Baker, the best player on the ice might have been Troy Terry. He made it possible for Lukosevicius to get his hat trick.

      • I agree, DU was simply too much for anyone to handle this year. The game was close in the 3rd, but I never felt like DU was threatened. Terry just might be the best CH player this year. Butcher is more important to DU’s overall success, but Terry has improved so much…..he is very impressive.

        • Not only his stick-handling last night, it seemed like every scrum along the boards ended up with him having possession of the puck. Don’t know how it looked on TV, but it was pretty obvious at the United Center. Terry’s confidence was building all year, and his performance at the World Juniors seemed to validate it for him. Great prediction, especially with DU having more “visible” players.

  1. Congrats to Denver. Proud UMD alum as they battled until the end and had a chance. No shame in losing a tight game to a great team.

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