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Red Wings Prospect Adds Another Natty To Resume



The Red Wings drafted future Denver college player Shai Buium

Make that two titles for Shai Buium.

Buium became a national champion for the second time in three seasons. It happened when the University of Denver beat Boston College 2-0 on  Saturday night. The big defenseman was taken in the second round by the Red Wings (No. 36 overall) in the 2021  NHL Draft.

It’s the 10th NCAA national title for Denver, breaking a tie with Michigan, and the fifth title for the Pioneers in the last 20 years.

“It’s what we go for, why you come to Denver —  to win championships,” Buium said in a postgame interview on ESPN. ‘There’s no better feeling, especially playing with my brother, I’m so happy right now.”

Buium Brothers Assist On Goals

Shai Buium assisted on Denver’s first goal and brother Zeev assisted on Denver’s second goal. The game was scoreless after one period. The Pioneers (32-9-3) got goals from Jared Wright and Rieger Lorenz in the second period, then turned things over to their defense.

Goalie Matt Davis allowed only three goals in the tournament.  He turned in a virtuoso performance in net in the third period. The veteran stopped 25 shots in the period, some in spectacular fashion, as the Pioneers held off a Boston College team that led the NCAA in scoring this season.

Denver won at least 30 games for the third season in a row.  Boston College (34-6-1) had won 15 in a row.

Zeev Buium, expected to go early in this year’s NHL Draft, was named to the All-Tournament team. Davis was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

A pair of Red Wings prospects were on the Denver team that won the 2022 title. Carter Mazur and Antti Tuomisto were busy Saturday night as the Griffins played Chicago.

‘It’s always fun to talk talk about about Denver and our experiences there and how they’re doing right now,” Mazur said earlier this month. ‘”So it’s been really fun to follow.”

They have more to talk about now.