Trevor Moore scored two goals and Sam Brittain made 35 saves as Denver beat Air Force, 3-1, in a non-conference college hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 23, at Magness Arena in Denver, Colo. Denver improved to 7-5-2 overall and extended its unbeaten streak to six games. Air Force's three-game unbeaten streak ended as the Falcons fall to 7-4-1 overall.
Air Force opened the scoring at the 13:49 mark when sophomore winger Max Hartner fired a rebound past Sam Brittain. Dan Weissenhofer took a shot from the right point that was saved. George Michalke III touched it in front before Hartner netted his first of the season. Late in the period, Denver went on the power play and tied the game. Nolan Zajac found Zac Larazza open in the slot and Larazza's one-timer tied the game with 31 seconds left in the first period.
Early in the second period, DU went back on the power play and took a 2-1 lead. On the rush, Daniel Doremus skated the puck down the right side and found Moore coming down the left wing at 4:53 of the second period. Late in the period, Moore netted his second of the night. Doremus made a centering pass from the right corner to Moore right in front for his third goal of the weekend. DU outshot Air Force, 18-7, in the second period.
Air Force outshot Denver, 14-7, in the third period, and pulled the goalie in favor of the extra attacker in the final 2:40, but was unable to score.
Air Force outshot Denver, 36-35, in the game. DU was 2-for-4 on the power play was Air Force was 0-for-3. Torf made 32 saves while Brittain made 35 for the Pioneers. "The goal at the end of the first period was huge for them," head coach Frank Serratore said. "I thought we controlled the first period up to that point, but that goal gave them a lift. They came at us with some high octane in the second period. They fed us in the second and they could have had five goals, but Torf kept it close. We were better in third and just couldn't connect on anything. These games showed that we can play against these high-end teams, but we have to play well."
Air Force hosts a two-game Atlantic Hockey Association against the Bentley Falcons, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 29-30 at the Cadet Ice Arena.
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