Denver Wins Ice Breaker Tournament

DENVER – The No. 1 University of Denver hockey workforce received the 2022 Ice Breaker Tournament championship on Saturday evening with a 3-1 victory over the Maine Black Bears at Magness Arena.
 
Carter Mazur led DU (2-0-0) with two targets and an help, Mike Benning additionally scored and goaltender Matt Davis made 24-of-25 saves within the win. Casey Dornbach joined his linemate with a multi-point evening as smartly with two assists whilst skating in his a hundredth profession sport. Sean Behrens and Massimo Rizzo additionally recorded helpers.
 
Denver received its second-ever Ice Breaker Tournament and primary since 1999, bettering to 5-3 all-time within the faculty hockey’s premier early-season exhibit. Denver joined Air Force as co-hosts of this 12 months’s Ice Breaker, marking the primary time in match historical past that it was once performed at more than one establishments. DU was once website hosting for the 3rd time (1999, 2016) and in addition participated within the 2006 tournament in Oxford, Ohio.
 
Mazur was once named the match’s Most Valuable Player after completing with 4 issues (3 targets, one help) in two video games, whilst Davis joined the ahead at the All-Tournament Team as smartly for his effort on Saturday. The best puck to get previous Davis was once from Donavan Villeneuve-Houle with 39 seconds last whilst Maine had an additional attacker at the ice.
 
DU scored all 3 of its targets within the first duration, with the red and gold outshooting the Bears 17-6 within the stanza. Benning were given the Pios at the scoreboard first at 6:57 with a wrist shot that went most sensible shelf from the highest of the left level prior to Mazur tallied two times within the ultimate 3 mins of the body.
 
The Denver sophomore knocked in a unfastened puck at 17:06 close to the crease—the eventual game-winner—after which went far-side with a wrist shot from the left circle, hanging the puck in a an identical place to the place Benning put it previous within the duration.
 
The Pioneers outshot the Black Bears 36-25 within the sport, however Davis needed to be just right within the ultimate 40 mins because the groups had been even in photographs at 19-19.
 
UP NEXT: Denver heads out east for its first street video games of the 12 months, because the Pioneers face the Massachusetts Minutemen on Friday and Saturday in a gathering of the remaining two nationwide champions.
 
2022 ICE BREAKER TOURNAMENT ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
F – Carter Mazur (Denver) – Most Outstanding Player
F – Solag Bakich (Notre Dame)
F – Ben Poisson (Maine)
D – Luke Antonacci (Maine)
D – Brandon Koch (Air Force)
G – Matt Davis (Denver)
 
POSTGAME NOTES

  • Freshmen Tyler Haskins and Lucas Olvestad made their collegiate debuts.
  • Sophomore Matt Davis made his first get started of the season and primary since March 5 when he led DU to a regular-season finale victory in opposition to Colorado College to lend a hand the Pioneers seize the NCHC Penrose Cup.
  • Denver and Maine had been taking part in their first video games in opposition to one every other since Oct. 12-13, 2007. The Pioneers have received each and every of the remaining 3 conferences and at the moment are 9-12 all-time within the sequence.
  • DU was once taking part in in its fourth Ice Breaker Tournament and served as a number of the development for the 3rd time. The Pioneers at the moment are 5-3 all-time in Ice Breaker contests.
  • Mike Benning recorded his fiftieth profession level.
  • Casey Dornbach gave the impression in his a hundredth profession sport.

 
GOAL SUMMARY
1st Period
6:57 DU (1-0) – Mike Benning took a cross-ice cross from Massimo Rizzo and scored with a wrist shot to the highest proper nook.
17:06 DU (2-0) – Casey Dornbach briefly tapped the puck to Carter Mazur after receiving a feed from Sean Behrens and Mazur smacked within the puck from the left of the crease.
19:29 DU (3-0) – Carter Mazur scored with a wrister from the left circle after taking a cross from Casey Dornbach.
 
second Period
No Scoring
 
third Period
No Scoring
 
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