The Denver Pioneers remain alive in the 2012 WCHA Final Five after defeating the Michigan Tech Huskies in a 3-2 overtime contest. Jason Zucker scored the game-winning goal at 2:18 by picking up a rebound and getting it over goalie Josh Robinson.
Denver wasted little time in scoring, gaining a 1-0 lead just 3:50 into the game. Freshman Ty Loney notched his 10th goal of the season with the help of Drew Shore. About seven minutes later, Blake Pietila responded with his 10th goal of the season, putting the Pioneers and the Huskies into a 1-1 tie.
After a scoreless second period, the Huskies netted a goal just 18 seconds into the third period with Ryan Furne picking up his 12th goal. But Loney and Shore gave way to a Luke Salazar goal at 15:28.
Tech goalie Robinson made 41 saves on 44 shots while Pioneers' freshman Juho Olkinuora stopped 27 of 29 shots.
The Pioneers (24-12-4) will be back on the ice Friday night for a game against the defending NCAA Tournament champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. The puck drops at 1:07 p.m. MT.
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