BURLINGTON, Vt. - Junior Rob Madore (Pittsburgh, Pa.) stopped 28 of 29 shots and senior Dan Lawson (Oak Forest, Ill.) scored late in the second period to lead Vermont to a 1-1 tie against No. 9 Denver at a sold out Gutterson Fieldhouse on Saturday night.
Sophomore Drew Shore scored the lone goal for the Pioneers while rookie Sam Brittain made 28 saves in his collegiate debut.
"I'm very proud of our team," Vermont head coach Kevin Sneddon. "I think the first period we looked a little bit sluggish. For a lot of the players it's their first time playing back-to-back. I thought Denver played extremely well. They put us back on our heels a little bit. We addressed it in between periods and talked about five different things. From that point forward the guys executed. I couldn't be happier with how quickly they respond to coaching and they're very focused."
Denver (1-0-1) carried play in the opening period and took the lead at 3:06 of the second on Shore's third goal of the weekend. The Catamounts turned the puck over in their own zone and Jason Zucker found Shore in the low slot for the goal.
Vermont (0-1-1) tied the game with less than two minutes to go in the period on a shot by Lawson from the point. The shot deflected off DU defenseman Paul Phillips and went past Brittain just inside the right post. Sophomore Tobias Nilsson-Roos (Malmo, Sweden) started the play when he collected the puck in the corner to setup Lawson.
The Catamounts out shot the Pioneers 13-5 in the third but settled for the tie.
Both teams finished with 29 shots and both were 0-for-3 on the power play.
"I think we would've liked to come out with two wins this weekend but I thought the guys battled hard and we learned a lot about ourselves," Madore said. "Our freshman got some experience and they played really well in some big roles. So, I think from a process standpoint it was a great weekend, we might not have had the results we wanted but I think we learned a lot."
Vermont returns to action in two weeks when it hosts Merrimack on October 23 at Gutterson Fieldhouse in the Hockey East opener.
NOTES: Check back to www.UVMathletics.com for game highlights and postgame comments from Kevin Sneddon, Dan Lawson and Rob Madore ... Josh Burrows and Sebastian Stalberg both had a team high four shots for Vermont ... DU leads the all-time series 5-1-1 ... Dan Lawson didn't score his first goal of the season in 2009-10 until the final game of the year against Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament.