JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Denver Leafs ran into a buzz saw Friday night as the Jackson Hole Moose made quick work of the visitors at the Snow King Sports and Event Center by a 12-3 margin. Saturday, the Leafs showed a little more resolve but the Moose again used a turn-around second period to put away the Leafs for a 6-4 win.
Without forward Drew Akins and defenseman Nate Goss-Woliner in the lineup, Jackson still managed a dozen tallies, a third of those coming from AJ Sanders, who also added two assists for a 6-point night. Kyle Krauss also enjoyed a ridiculous weekend, busting out Friday (1G, 5A) and leadoing all scorers Saturday (2G, 1A).
Charlie Hagen opened the scoring early in the first Friday and the floodgates opened for a 6-goal period. Alex Dewitz notched a hat trick and a host of other Moose players enjoyed a stat-building night at the expense of Denver and a goaltender who did not have his best night.
The visitors came out with a bit more passion Friday, taking a surprising 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Longtime Moose-killers James Dudley and Winston Feyereisen helped pace the Leafs to more inspired play Saturday.
With backup goalie Will Murphy in nets (backed up by forward Kevin Sunde who donned the goalie gear) and Nick Krauss skating out, the Moose may have felt a sense of urgency in the dressing room staring at a 2-goal deficit after the first 20 minutes.
As they have all season, however, the Moose came out of the room with a new attitude and a 3-goal outburst to take the lead headed into the third. The defense saved the day Saturday. Stay-at-home defenseman Sam Barrett scored his first of the season after pinching in from the right point and following up his first shot with his own rebound tally.
Chase Wharton and Dan Dupont also added 5 assists between them to help a sputtering offense get on track midway through the contest.
The Moose now ride a 10-game unbeaten streak and improve their record to 16-4. Next up for the hometowners is a weekend with the Stowe Slugs on February 1-2 in Jackson.