Denver Wins Ice Breaker Tournament
DENVER- The University of Denver’s No. 1 hockey team captured the 2022 Ice Breaker Tournament Championship on Saturday night with a 3-1 win over the Maine Black Bears at Magness Arena.
Carter Mazur led DU (2-0-0) with two goals and an assist, Mike Benning also goalscorer and goalkeeper Matt Davis made 24 of 25 saves in the win. Casey Dornbach joined his linemate with a multi-point night as well as two assists while skating in his 100th career game. Sean Behren and Massimo Rizzo also registered assistants.
Denver won its second Ice Breaker tournament and first since 1999, improving to 5-3 all-time in college hockey’s premiere showcase early in the season. Denver joined the Air Force as co-host of this year’s Ice Breaker, marking the first time in tournament history that it has been played at multiple institutions. DU was hosting for the third time (1999, 2016) and also participated in the 2006 event in Oxford, Ohio.
Mazur was named the tournament’s most valuable player after finishing with four points (three goals, one assist) in two games, while Davis also joined the All-Tournament team forward for his efforts on Saturday. The only puck past Davis was by Donavan Villeneuve-Houle with 39 seconds left as Maine had an extra forward on the ice.
DU scored all three of their goals in the first period as the Crimson and Gold edged the Bears 17-6 in the stanza. Benning got the Pios on the scoreboard first at 6:57 with a wrist shot that went over from the top of the left point before Mazur netted twice in the final three minutes of the frame.
The Denver sophomore hit in a loose puck at 17:06 near the crease – the eventual game winner – then went to the other side with a wrist shot from the left circle, setting the puck in a similar position to where Benning had put him earlier. in the period.
The Pioneers outshot the Black Bears 36-25 in the game, but Davis had to be good in the final 40 minutes as the teams were even on shots at 19-19.
NEXT: Denver heads east for its first road games of the year, as the Pioneers take on the Massachusetts Minutemen on Friday and Saturday in a meeting of the last two national champions.
GLOBAL 2022 ICE BREAKER TOURNAMENT TEAM
F- Carter Mazur (Denver) – MVP
F – Solag Bakich (Our Lady)
F – Ben Poisson (Maine)
D – Luke Antonacci (Maine)
D – Brandon Koch (Air Force)
G- Matt Davis (Denver)
- Freshmen Tyler Haskins and Lucas Olvestad made their college debut.
- Second year Matt Davis made his first start of the season and first since March 5 when he led DU to a final regular season win over Colorado College to help the Pioneers win the NCHC Penrose Cup.
- Denver and Maine were playing their first games against each other since Oct. 12-13, 2007. The Pioneers have won each of the last three meetings and are now 9-12 in the series.
- DU was playing in its fourth Ice Breaker tournament and hosted the event for the third time. The Pioneers are now 5-3 all-time in Ice Breaker competition.
- Mike Benning scored his 50th career point.
- Casey Dornbach appeared in his 100th career game.
SUMMARY OF OBJECTIVES
6:57 AM (1-0) – Mike Benning took a cross pass from Massimo Rizzo and scored with a wrist shot to the top right corner.
5:06 PM (2-0) – Casey Dornbach quickly tapped the puck to Carter Mazur after receiving a stream of Sean Behren and Mazur hit the puck from the left of the crease.
7:29 PM (3-0) – Carter Mazur scored with a wrist from the left circle after receiving a pass from Casey Dornbach.
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