Junior forward Josh Holmstrom scored a goal for the River Hawks

The University of Denver, ranked No. 7/8 in the country, scored three goals in a 1-minute, 51-second window in the third period to defeat No. 9/10 UMass Lowell, 5-1 Friday night in a non-conference hockey game at the Magness Arena.

With the loss, UMass Lowell slipped to 0-1-1 entering Saturday night's clash at Colorado College (9:00 EST).

Denver, playing its season-opener, hosts Air Force Saturday night.

Denver took advantage of consecutive power plays midway through the third period, and added a third at even strength to break free from a 2-1 lead.

After penalties to junior D Joe Houk (Richboro, Pa.) and junior F Shayne Thompson (Stittsville, Ont.), the Pioneers capitalized on a 5 on 3 situation when junior F Nick Shore sent a pass through the slot to freshman D Nolan Zajac on the right side of the cage, who flicked underneath freshman G Connor Hellebuyck (Commerce, Mich.).

The Pioneers added another 1:17 later when junior D David Makowski shoveled home off a deflected shot by Zajac. Thirty-two seconds later, Doremus scored his second when he came down the right side and beat Hellebuyck inside the far post to put the game out of reach.

After a scoreless first period, Denver opened the scoring 9:23 into the second when sophomore F Ty Loney converted a rebound off a saved shot by junior F Nick Shore. The goal came immediately after junior G Sam Brittain saved brilliantly off an attempt by junior F Josh Holmstrom (Colorado Spring, Colo.).

Just 1:20 later, Doremus scored his first right after Hellebuyck did well to save a shot by sophomore F Zac Larazza.

Holmstrom got his chance, however, at 15:12 after sophomore D Josiah Didier was whistled for a hold on freshman F Ryan McGrath (O'Fallon, Mo.). Holmstrom notched his second goal of the year with help from junior F Derek Arnold (Foxboro, Mass.) and junior D Chad Ruhwedel (San Diego, Calif.).

UMass Lowell outshot Denver 38-33 as Hellebuyck stopped 23 shots before giving way to junior G Doug Carr (Hanover, Mass.) (five saves) midway through the third period.

Brittain had 29 saves for Denver.