DENVER - Rookie netminder Magnus Chrona stopped all 23 shots he faced and top-ranked Denver held off No. 6 Boston College late for a 3-0 shutout on Friday night to open a non-conference weekend series at Magness Arena.
The Eagles dropped their first game of the season and fell to 2-1-0, while the Pioneers remained unbeaten at 5-0-0.
Spencer Knight allowed just one goal and finished the night with 28 saves, including 14 in the second period.
Knight kept the game scoreless in the opening half of the first period as Denver registered seven of the first nine shots on goal. David Cotton nearly gave BC the lead later in the frame but rang the left post near the crossbar from the right wing circle.
Early in the second, Alex Newhook hit the Eagles' second post of the night as he beat Chrona but rang the right pipe squarely from the left wing side. Defending himself from a hit near the left point, Luke McInnis was then issued a five-minute major and game misconduct for cross checking.
Denver capitalized within 40 seconds on the ensuing major power play when Cole Guttman finished a rebound inside the right post for his second of the year.
BC killed off the remainder of the penalty and Knight preserved the one-goal deficit for the rest of the period.
The Eagles had several chances to knot the score in the third, beginning with Graham McPhee's backhand at the right post that was kicked out by Chrona's outstretched pad. Zach Walker collected a Pioneer turnover and set up Mike Merulla skating down the slot, but the senior's shot hit Chrona in the chest.
Boston College pulled Knight for an extra skater in the final 90 seconds and Denver collected a pair of empty-net goals to seal the win.
1st 3:21, DU Goal (0-1) | Knight made the initial save on Ian Mitchell's attempt from the high slot, but Guttman won the battle to the loose puck and snuck the rebound inside the right post glove side
3rd 19:38, DU Goal (0-2) | Tyson McLellan skated onto a loose puck along the right wing and cut into the low slot before finishing the empty-netter
3rd 19:53, DU Goal (0-3) | Brett Stapley wristed a shot into an empty Boston College net from outside the blue line to cap the scoring
The series concludes on Saturday (Oct. 19) with a 9 p.m. (ET) faceoff at Magness Arena. The game will be televised on NESNplus and the NESN app with radio coverage beginning at 8:45 p.m. (ET) on WEEI 850 AM and BCEagles.TV.