DU hockey wins national championship — its 10th, most in college hockey history

Denver beat Boston College 2-0 in the final.
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Fans go crazy in Crimson & Gold Tavern as the University of Denver’s mens hockey team defeats Boston College in the NCAA’s Frozen Four final. April 14, 2024.
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Jared Wright and Rieger Lorenz scored second-period goals, Matt Davis had 35 saves and Denver beat No. 1 overall seed Boston College 2-0 Saturday night to win the 10th national championship in program history.

No. 3 seed Denver (32-9-3), which finished the season on a nine-game win streak, moved past Michigan (nine) for most titles all-time. Boston College is tied with Boston University (five) for fourth, behind Wisconsin (six).

After the win, fans flooded the streets near the school, particularly the intersection of University Boulevard and Evans Avenue. At least one couch was set aflame.

DU hockey fans flood the streets at University Boulevard and Evans Avenue celebrating their team's 10th national championship win on Saturday, April 13, 2024.
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Davis had 23 third-period saves in his third shutout of the season. The junior made his 26th consecutive start, the longest streak of his career, and stopped 68 of the 69 shots he faced at the Frozen Four. Davis had 33 saves in the Pioneers' 2-1 double-overtime win over Boston University in the semifinals.

After Denver won a faceoff in its defensive zone and quickly pushed it up the left side. Lorenz passed to Wright for a shot that ricocheted off the near post, bounced off Boston College goaltender Jacob Fowler's back above the bar before slipping inside the far post to open the scoring with 10:18 left in the second period.

Carly Sullivan rides Ryan Wilson's shouders at the intersection of Evans Avenue and University Boulevard after their University of Denver mens hockey team defeated Boston College in the NCAA's Frozen Four final. April 14, 2024.
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Lorenz made it 2-0 about six minutes later. Zeev Buium drew a pair of defenders but slipped a pass between them to Lorenz, who fired a wrist shot into the net. Lorenz (16 goals, 14 assists) became the 10th Denver player with at least 30 points this season.

The Pioneers outscored their opponents 82-39 in the second period this season.

Boston College (34-6-1), which set the program's single-season record for wins, had its 15-game win streak snapped and was shut out for the first time since a 1-0 loss at Merrimack on March 11, 2023. The Eagles went into the game having outscored their five opponents in the NCAA Tournament 29-8.

University of Denver fans burn a couch in the middle of Evans Avenue after their Pioneers mens hockey team defeated Boston College in the NCAA's Frozen Four final. April 14, 2024.
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Denver beat Boston College 4-3 in the only regular-season matchup between the teams back in October.

The Pioneers have won at least 30 games in three consecutive seasons.

Denverite visual journalist Kevin J. Beaty contributed reporting.

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