Pioneers open title defense with 2-2 tie with Fighting Irish

The reigning NCAA champion University of Denver Pioneers (0-0-1, NCHC 0-0-0-0) and the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish (0-0-1, Big Ten 0-0-0-0) skated to a 2-2 tie in the Compton Family Ice Arena on Friday night. The two sides last faced one another in the national semifinals in April, with the Pioneers defeating the Fighting Irish 6-1.

Henrik Borgström scored twice for the Pioneers in the 2017-18 season-opener and Kohen Olischefski scored the shootout winner in a game that will be officially recorded as a tie.

Despite Denver controlling the majority of the first period, Notre Dame was first on the scoreboard at 14:01 of the opening frame. Cam Morrison helped set up the opening goal with a long wrist shot that resulted in a rebound for Jake Evans, who scored to make it 1-0 for the Irish. Justin Wade also picked up an assist on the goal.

The Pioneers responded to Notre Dame’s goal only 15 seconds later when Henrik Borgström rushed along the right-wing boards, played a pass to Adam Plant, then set up for a one-timer from the right circle to tie the game, 1-1, until midway through the third period. Ryan Barrow had a secondary assist on the play for his first career point.

The Pioneers fired nine shots on their first power play of the game at 9:33 of the third, then, less than one minute after the power play expired, the Pioneers were awarded another opportunity and capitalized with one second remaining on the man advantage.

Troy Terry found Borgström with a cross-crease pass to give Borgström a tap-in for his second goal of the night. Ian Mitchell had a secondary assist on the play for his first career point.

Less than two minutes after Denver took its second lead of the game, Notre Dame went on its first power play of the night. Pioneers goalie Tanner Jaillet made a point-blank stop on Andrew Oglevie early in the power play, but the Irish forward was able to notch a power-play goal later on the same shift to make it 2-2 at 16:11 of the third. Bobby Nardella and Jordan Gross had assists on the Irish goal.

Jaillet made seven saves in overtime and finished with 27.

Borgström scored in the second round of the shootout, then Kohen Olischefski recorded the shootout winner in the fourth round.

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