U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Scott Holm’s slap shot midway through the third period tied the game as Air Force and Denver skated to a 3-3 overtime tie in a non-conference college hockey game, Friday, Nov. 22, at the Cadet Ice Arena.
Air Force, 7-3-1 overall, controlled much of the play in the first period and put the first goal on the board. After killing a DU power play, the Falcons went on the power play after Cole Gunner drew a penalty. On the power play, Chad Demers fed Gunner in the slot and his shot was saved. Senior defenseman Adam McKenzie put back the rebound for his second goal of the season at the 12:52 mark. AirForce outshot DU, 12-5, in the first period.
In the first minute of the second period, Air Force took a 2-0 lead. Johnny Hrabovsky fired a shot from the left point that was wide, but Demers tipped it in from the goal line for his fifth of the season. Gunner also assisted on the play. Denver, 6-5-2 overall, answered just 24 seconds later and went on to score the next three goals for a 3-2 lead. Emil Romig put back a rebound of Gabe Levin’s shot for the Pioneers’ first goal at the 1:19 mark. DU tied the game at 7:52 when Trevor Moore scored unassisted after an Air Force turnover in its own end. DU capitalized on another Air Force turnover late in the second period. Zac Larraza intercepted a pass in the Air Force end and his shot was saved. Daniel Doremus put back the rebound for a 3-2 lead at 16:35.
Midway through the third period, Gunner chipped a puck high off the glass and Holm collected it in the neutral zone. Skating over the blue line 1-on-2, Holm ripped a slap shot from just inside the blue line and beat Sam Brittain high glove side. Air Force killed a penalty late in the third period and the game went into overtime. In overtime, each team had two shots on goal, but was unable to score.
“I really liked our effort and passion for 65 minutes,” head coach Frank Serratore said. “Our guys gave it everything they had. We know the enemy and it was us in the second period. We gave them some goals on turnovers. It was bad tie in a sense that we gave up a 2-0 lead. But it was a good tie in the sense that we showed some resiliency, killed a penalty in the third period and found a way to get the tying goal. These are good games for us because they will make us a better team.”
Air Force outshot DU in every period and had a 34-18 advantage in the game. AFA was 1-for-5 on the power play while DU was 0-for-4. Denver entered the game with the fourth-ranked power play in the nation and the Falcons held them to just one power-play shot. Brittain made 31 saves for Denver while Torf made 15 for the Falcons. Air Force and Denver conclude the two-game non-conference series on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:05 p.m. at Magness Arena in Denver, Colo.