The 2011 Denver Cup Classic got underway on Friday night with matches between the Providence Friars and the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks and the Denver Pioneers and the Princeton Tigers. In Game 1 of the Classic, the Redhawks had no issues with Providence, picking up the 6-2 win. Miami scored goals in every period of the game, including three in the second to seal the deal. Miami was able to get 40 shots on net while Providence managed just 21, never reaching double-digits in any period.
In Game 2, the Pioneers picked up a 3-0 win over the Tigers. Nick Shore put Denver up early with a goal at 1:41 in the first period. About seven minutes later, brother Drew Shore picked up his sixth goal of the season when he scored on the power play. In the second period, freshman Joe LaLeggia found the back of the net with 20 seconds left in the clock. This was his sixth goal of the season and, like Shore's goal, a power play one.
With Adam Murray out with a groin injury, freshman Juho Olkinuora put up a clean sheet, making saves on all 38 shots he faced.
The Pioneers are now 6-3-3 and will face Miami on Saturday at Magness Arena. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. MT