After a 20-day break, Denver (9-4-2) jumped out to a quick lead over the Merrimack Warriors (4-13-1) and controlled play the rest of the way in a 3-1 win Friday night at Lawler Rink in North Andover, Massachusetts.
The Pioneers grabbed an early lead just 16 seconds into the game for the only goal of the period. Michael Davies gathered the puck at the left wing wall and sent a shot through traffic from the right point that found the lower right corner of the net.
Denver made it 2-0 on the power play from Liam Finlay early in the second. The score remained unchanged until midway into the third period. Ryan Barrow made it 3-0 at the 9:18 mark of the third. Tyson McLellan cleared the puck out to the neutral zone from the right wing boards of the Denver zone. Then, Jake Durflinger tapped the puck up to Barrow to start a 2-on-1 opportunity and Barrow snapped a shot from the near circle through the five-hole. Tyler Drevitch finally scored for the Warriors at 18:37 of the final period to seal the final score of 3-1. Denver got off 46 shots for the game to Merrimack’s 44 and won 31 of 56 faceoffs. Devin Cooley was the winning goalie.
— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) December 29, 2018
Denver faces UMass-Lowell at 5:00 MT on Saturday in Lowell, Massachusetts.