Frozen Four 2017: Denver wins eighth national championship behind record performance

Once Jarid Lukosevicius got going, he couldn’t be stopped.

The University of Denver sophomore set an NCAA record for the fastest two goals scored by one player when he scored 16 seconds apart to set the Pioneers on their way to a 3-2 victory over Minnesota-Duluth in the Frozen Four championship game at Chicago’s United Center.

Lukosevicius scored at the 4:44 mark and then again at 5:00, but he wasn’t done.

Authentic Youth Mike Webster Jersey Following a scoreless first period Lukosevicius added a third goal as the Pioneers (32-7-4) held a 3-1 lead heading into the second intermission.

Pharoh Cooper Authentic Jersey Over the years, NHL teams have opted to invest in massive goaltenders to cover up more of the net, rather than smaller, more elusive netminders. Tampa Bay Lighting goalie Ben Bishop is 6-foot-7. Scott Darling (Blackhawks), Devan Dubnyk (Wild), Anders Lindback (Stars) all check in at 6-6. Goalies under 6-0 are few and far between.

As goalies are getting bigger and bigger, they’re also getting better and better. And that’s not been too kind for NHL scoring.

Teams are averaging 2.61 goals per game this season, and the NHL average hasn’t eclipsed 2.77 since 2005-06, according to Hockey-Reference.com. A dramatic decline from 3.5 teams were averaging in the 90s. Save percentage hit .915 the past two seasons, the highest it’s ever been.

The league’s effort to increase scoring comes with the thinking that more goals means more interest in the game. And for a league that’s well below the NBA, MLB and NFL in terms of popularity and revenue, that’s priority No. 1.

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