Denver beats Boston College 2-0 to win record 10th NCAA hockey national championship

ST. PAUL, Minn. — 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).

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.

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.

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.

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Suspected narcotics lab found in River North, authorities say

Chicago police on Saturday said they had taken over the investigation of a suspected narcotics lab inside a River North high-rise apartment building.

Chicago Fire Department crews responded to a small fire in a 24-story building in the 300 block of West Illinois Street Friday around 10 p.m., a department spokesperson said.

The fire was quickly extinguished, but officials then called a hazardous material response shortly afterward, the spokesman said. No injuries were reported.

An unknown number of building residents were asked to evacuate their apartments, but were allowed to return after about an hour, authorities said.

CFD said they turned the matter over to Chicago police. The police’s narcotics unit was handling the investigation, police confirmed on Saturday.

Officials didn’t state which drug they suspected was being produced, but federal authorities have long condemned domestic production, particularly when producing drugs like methamphetamine due to the high risk of exposure to toxic chemicals.

rjohnson@chicagotribune.com 

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Photos: Cincinnati Reds 5, Chicago White Sox 0

Photos from the Chicago White Sox’s 5-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on April 13, 2024, at Guaranteed Rate Field.

White Sox relief pitcher Michael Kopech throws to first base in the ninth inning against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox relief pitcher Michael Kopech throws to first base in the ninth inning against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds second baseman Santiago Espinal (4) and shortstop Elly De La Cruz (44) celebrate a 5-0 win over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds second baseman Santiago Espinal (4) and shortstop Elly De La Cruz celebrate a 5-0 win over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox catcher Martín Maldonado (15) gives pitcher Jordan Leasure (49) a high-five after a 1-2-3 eighth inning against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox catcher Martín Maldonado (15) gives pitcher Jordan Leasure a high-five after a 1-2-3 eighth inning against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz (44) heads to the dugout after getting picked off during a steal attempt in the ninth inning against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz heads to the dugout after getting picked off during a steal attempt in the ninth inning against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz (44) is caught between first and second base on a steal attempt in the ninth inning against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz (44) is caught between first and second base on a steal attempt in the ninth inning against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox relief pitcher Michael Kopech throws to first base in the ninth inning against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox reliever Michael Kopech throws to first base in the ninth inning against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds centerfielder Bubba Thompson (12) hits the centerfield wall after catching a fly ball from White Sox catcher Martín Maldonado for an out in the eighth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds center fielder Bubba Thompson (12) hits the wall after catching a fly ball from White Sox catcher Martín Maldonado for an out in the eighth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Gymnast Simone Biles and new Chicago Bears safety Jonathan Owens laugh after Owens throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a game between the White Sox and Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Gymnast Simone Biles and new Bears safety Jonathan Owens laugh after Owens threw a ceremonial first pitch before a game between the White Sox and Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Fans head for the exits at the end of the seventh inning between the White Sox and Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Fans head for the exits at the end of the seventh inning between the White Sox and Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox catcher Martín Maldonado takes a high swing for a strikeout in the fifth inning against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox catcher Martín Maldonado takes a high swing for a strikeout in the fifth inning against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo throws in the fifth inning against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. This was Lodolo's MLB debut. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds starting pitcher Nick Lodolo delivers in the fifth inning against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. It was Lodolo’s MLB debut. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox outfielder Luis Robert Jr. is presented with a 2023 Silver Slugger Award before a game against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox center fielder Luis Robert Jr. is presented with a 2023 Silver Slugger Award before a game against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz signs autographs before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz signs autographs before a game against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
New Chicago Bears safety Jonathan Owens, left, gestures after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch to White Sox pitcher Tanner Banks before a game between the White Sox and Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
New Bears safety Jonathan Owens, left, gestures after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch to White Sox pitcher Tanner Banks before a game between the White Sox and Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
New Chicago Bears safety Jonathan Owens and gymnast Simone Biles kiss before Owens throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a game between the White Sox and Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
New Bears safety Jonathan Owens and his wife, gymnast Simone Biles, kiss before Owens throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a game between the White Sox and Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
New Chicago Bears safety Jonathan Owens throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a game between the White Sox and Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
New Bears safety Jonathan Owens throws out a ceremonial first pitch before a game between the White Sox and Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
New Chicago Bears safety Jonathan Owens and gymnast Simone Biles attend pregame activities before a game between the White Sox and Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
New Bears safety Jonathan Owens and his wife, gymnast Simone Biles, attend pregame activities before a game between the White Sox and Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds right fielder Stuart Fairchild lifts his glove after diving to catch a ball from White Sox designated hitter Gavin Sheets in the fourth inning on April 13, 2024, at Guaranteed Rate Field. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds right fielder Stuart Fairchild lifts his glove after diving to catch a ball from White Sox designated hitter Gavin Sheets in the fourth inning on April 13, 2024, at Guaranteed Rate Field. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox starting pitcher Garrett Crochet throws in the second inning against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox starting pitcher Garrett Crochet delivers in the second inning against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox starting pitcher Garrett Crochet stands on the mound after walking Reds second baseman Santiago Espinal in the fourth inning on April 13, 2024, at Guaranteed Rate Field. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox starting pitcher Garrett Crochet stands on the mound after walking Reds second baseman Santiago Espinal in the fourth inning on April 13, 2024, at Guaranteed Rate Field. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox starting pitcher Garrett Crochet, center, takes a meeting on the mound in the second inning against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox starting pitcher Garrett Crochet, center, takes a meeting on the mound in the second inning against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox manager Pedro Grifol watches left fielder Robbie Grossman bat in the third inning against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
White Sox manager Pedro Grifol watches left fielder Robbie Grossman bat in the third inning against the Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 13, 2024, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

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Chicago White Sox match worst 14-game start in franchise history with 5-0 loss to Cincinnati Reds: ‘Just a tough skid’

Robbie Grossman drilled a hard-hit grounder to the shortstop side of second base to begin the sixth inning Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Santiago Espinal had Grossman shaded close to the bag and made a nice play just beyond the dirt to get a glove on the ball. Espinal couldn’t corral it, and Grossman reached for an infield hit.

That was the first of only two hits on the day for the Sox in a 5-0 loss to the Reds in front of 22,598.

It was another lackluster offensive performance as the Sox were blanked for a major-league-leading fifth time this season.

“Regardless of whether guys are out (because of injury) or not, we’ve got to go about our business, we’ve got to put in the work and we’ve got to show up ready to play every day,” designated hitter Gavin Sheets said. “It can’t be a press. We’ve got to continue to put the work in and come ready to play every day.

“I promise everybody’s working. I promise everybody’s trying to get it going. I fully believe that we’ll get it going.”

The Sox have lost eight of nine and at 2-12 matched the 1968 team for the worst 14-game start in franchise history.

“The injuries (to Luis Robert Jr., Yoán Moncada and Eloy Jiménez ) are tough,” starter Garrett Crochet said. “We are all thinking of those guys and can’t wait until we get them back. That’s baseball. Everybody goes through that at some point or another. We’ve gone through it every year since I’ve been here, but that’s the name of the game. It’s always next-man-up mentality.

“And for us right now, just a tough skid.”

Reds starter Nick Lodolo and relievers Fernando Cruz and Brent Suter combined for 15 strikeouts. Lodolo surrendered one hit while striking out 10 in 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander allowed one walk and hit two batters in his season debut.

“Lodolo was good, but I’ve said this over and over again — those are the guys you have to beat if you want to do anything,” Sox manager Pedro Grifol said. “He was good, don’t get me wrong. It’s a tough angle and it’s a good slider and a good fastball. He was pounding the strike zone, just couldn’t get anything going.”

Crochet had a career-high 10 strikeouts. But he didn’t display quite the sharpness of his first three starts , allowing five runs on four hits with three walks in 4 2/3 innings.

“I felt like I was searching for something the first two innings just because my command wasn’t there but I chalked that up to more of not being as competitive in the zone as I have been,” Crochet said.

“I was focusing too much on hitting spots and not enough on throwing strikes. With the three walks, you could tell that came back to bite me.”

All of the damage came in the second.

Crochet struck out the side in the first, but four of the first five batters reached in the second. That stretch included a two-run single from Luke Maile.

Crochet appeared close to getting out of the inning with limited damage but didn’t get the call on a 3-2 pitch to Jonathan India. The two-out walk loaded the bases for Spencer Steer, who cleared them with a double to give the Reds a 5-0 lead.

The Reds finished with four hits, all in the second inning, while striking out 15 times.

The Sox hit some right on the button, including Sheets — who was robbed of extra bases when right fielder Stuart Fairchild made a sensational diving catch in the fourth inning.

Reds right fielder Stuart Fairchild lifts his glove after diving to catch a ball from White Sox designated hitter Gavin Sheets in the fourth inning on April 13, 2024, at Guaranteed Rate Field. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Reds right fielder Stuart Fairchild lifts his glove after diving to catch a ball from White Sox designated hitter Gavin Sheets in the fourth inning on April 13, 2024, at Guaranteed Rate Field. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

“Unfortunately the guy in right who made that catch was my college roommate,” Sheets said. “I’m going to have some words for him tonight. He’s a great athlete and obviously their defense, their outfield has been playing really well all series. They got (Martín Maldonado) and (Paul DeJong) last night (Friday), so they’re making really good plays.”

The Sox finally broke through the hit column in the sixth with Grossman’s single. The other hit came in the ninth, a one-out single from Kevin Pillar. He was picked off first later in the inning.

“A good move by their lefty (Suter),” Grifol said. “Just caught us off guard. It’s not an ideal situation, but it happened.”

The less-than-ideal slide continues for the Sox.

“We’re 14 games in and it’s important to continue to put our work in,” Sheets said. “You’ve got to trust your ability and that’s what we need to do.”

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Chicago Bulls embrace increased physicality across the NBA in the final tuneup before the play-in tournament

In the weeks between the All-Star break and the conclusion of the regular season, a noticeable change occurred across the NBA — a sudden decrease in whistles.

Before the break, the median of personal fouls per game was 19.2 (Los Angeles Clippers) and 19.3 (Utah Jazz). After the break, that median has dropped to 17.4. It’s a noticeable trend — and one that Chicago Bulls players feel will prepare them for the postseason.

“I noticed it after All-Star break,” guard Coby White said. “I think we all did. The refs are letting us play more, physicality is at a higher rate without fouls. Clearly the physicality has been up — which is good because that’s how the playoffs are.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged the officiating trend during an interview with reporters after the annual Board of Governors meeting, noting the shift came from a perceived overemphasis on offense that left teams struggling to defend appropriately.

According to Silver, fouls have dropped by nearly two calls per game since mid-February. The trend has matched an overall dip in scoring, with the median average in points scored dropping by nearly three points per game.

“There was a sense earlier in the season that there was too much of an advantage for the offensive players,” Silver said. “We were transparent with our teams about that. Everyone can see what’s happening on the floor and make their own judgments about the calls being made. So, yes, there was a bit of an adjustment made along the way.”

White felt there was a different tone to the officiating of physicality throughout the season — not for himself but for teammate DeMar DeRozan.

DeRozan, 34, is well-known around the league for his ability to send defenders airborne with a shot fake and draw fouls off his midrange jumper. But White felt those fouls were less automatic compared with in past seasons.

“Deebo used to always get the calls,” White said. “Because the way he shoots in the midrange, he jumps straight up and down so dudes always land under him just trying to contest so hard. So this year, I didn’t feel like he got nearly as many calls in general as he did last year.”

Bulls guard Alex Caruso drives to the basket against Knicks forward OG Anunoby in the first half on April 9, 2024, at the United Center. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Bulls guard Alex Caruso drives to the basket against Knicks forward OG Anunoby in the first half on April 9, 2024, at the United Center. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)

Despite any change in how he was being called this season, DeRozan remains one of the most efficient players at drawing fouls. He ranks fifth in the league in trips to the free-throw line, averaging 7.7 attempts per game.

And despite a leaguewide decline in fouls, DeRozan is drawing more whistles after the All-Star break, averaging nine trips to the line in 25 games since the league tightened up officiating.

“I’m just reading the game, I have a feel for the game,” DeRozan said. “Whether I’m using shot fakes or understanding when guys are going to reach, I try to play the right way and — not necessarily manipulate it to where I’m just flailing everywhere — but just try to use other guys’ physicality to my advantage. It’s about being smart, knowing when you can attack guys that are undisciplined on the defensive end. Little things like that go a long way for me.”

While DeRozan has had to remain crafty to maintain his presence at the free-throw line, the shift has provided a boost for defensive players such as Ayo Dosunmu and Alex Caruso. With fewer ticky-tack calls, defenders have a broader freedom to contest opponents both at the point of attack and at the rim.

With their playoff hopes riding on the play-in tournament for a second consecutive year, the Bulls have embraced the increased physicality as a way to prepare themselves for the postseason. They have been doubly challenged with a closing lineup of opponents such as the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks, whose physicality is a central key to their success — something White hopes the Bulls can replicate.

“Some of these games we’ve had, the way it was officiated was more like those play-in games and those playoff games,” White said. “It’s good for us to get that prep. We need that. You don’t want to get to the play-in or the playoffs and all the sudden everything is different.”

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