WCHA roundup: Denver whips Air Force

Compiled from school web sites …

No. 15 Denver 7, Air Force 1

USAFA, Colo. – Junior co-captain Drew Shore and senior Luke Salazar scored two goals each and freshman Ty Loney  recorded a career-best three points as No. 15 Denver dominated in-state rival Air Force in a 7-1 win Saturday night at Cadet Ice Arena.

Freshman Juho Olkinuora  stopped 28 shots and Loney, junior Chris Knowlton of Colorado Springs and freshman Joey LaLeggia added goals as Denver (10-7-3) wins back-to-back games for the first time since November. Drew Shore, John Lee and Nick Shore added two assists each for Denver.

“We really played well tonight and I’m proud of our guys for earning two victories this weekend,” DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. “A number of our players turned in their best performances in a while and Juho was great in net.”

After Paul Weisgarber goal at 5:49 of the third, Salazar netted his second goal into an empty net at 11:27 as the Falcons pulled Jason Torf to create a 6-on-3 advantage after multiple DU penalties.

Knowlton iced the win on the power play at 13:37 and LaLeggia added his eighth goal at 16:07 to close out the scoring. Zack Hope  made his collegiate debut in relief of Olkinuora at 3:53 of the third period and made three saves.

DU was outshot 32-26, but went 3-for-4 on the power play. DU held the Falcons scoreless on seven man-advantage opportunities.

The Pioneers, now 31-3 all-time against Air Force, continue nonconference action against Alabama-Huntsville on Jan. 6-7.

North Dakota 7, Harvard 3

GRAND FORKS — Junior forward Danny Kristo had two goals and an assist while freshman forward Connor Gaarder added a goal and two assists to help North Dakota earn a 7-3 win against Harvard on Saturday at Engelstad Arena.

Bemidji State 2, Bowling Green 1

BEMIDJI — A breakaway goal with one second remaining in the second period from junior forward David Boehm proved to be the game winner as Bemidji State prevailed, 2-1, against Bowling Green on Saturday at Sanford Center.

Nebraska-Omaha 4, Quinnipiac 1

OMAHA — The UNO Mavericks got a three-point night from Jayson Megna and two-point nights from three other players on their way to a 4-1 win over Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon at the CenturyLink Center.

Northeastern 3, No. 2 Minnesota 2

After topping Niagara 5-1 on Friday, the No. 2-ranked Minnesota men’s hockey team dropped a 3-2 decision to Northeastern in the Mariucci Classic championship game on Saturday night. Husky goaltender Chris Rawlings stopped 31 shots to help give NU its second Mariucci Classic title.

Already shorthanded without the services of U.S. World Junior Championship team members Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau, the Gophers afforded NU 12 power-play chances, including three three-on-two opportunities.

After a scoreless first period and Seth Helgeson penalty early in the second, sophomore Nate Condon scored his second shorthanded goal of the year. Condon used his speed to break free from two Northeastern defenders and snapped a shot past Rawlings to break the deadlock 55 seconds into the period.

Wisconsin 4, USA U-18 3 (exhibition)

MADISON — Junior forward Derek Lee scored a goal and added an assist to help the Wisconsin Badgers skate to a 4-3 exhibition win against the US Under-18 Team on Saturday night at Kohl Center.

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One Response to WCHA roundup: Denver whips Air Force

  1. Retnan says:

    Going empty net is a bad idea unless you need the tying goal or something.

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