His squad had been lethargic, apparently incapable of defeating Minnesota State goalkeeper Dryden McKay, the previous Hobey Baker Award winner as Division I men’s hockey’s finest player. However, little over five minutes into the third period of the final game, Barrow scored to tie the game, 1-1.
Denver added four more goals, including Mike Benning’s game-winning goal less than three minutes later, and two more into an empty net, as Denver beat Minnesota State 5-1 in Boston to claim their eighth title. Barrow, 25, will now be able to narrate his own story and remember a new movie.
“I can’t even remember how many times I watched the 2017 national championship video,” Barrow added. “It’ll be rather pleasant to see my own now.” Denver won at the same venue as it did in 2004 against Maine (Denver had won in Boston in 1960), and the Pioneers slept at the same Sheraton hotel as the 2004 squad.