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Saturday reading: Air Force, Denver, CC, Pairwise

Published: February 23, 2013, 8:00 am, by Joe Paisley

AFAlogo2012ROCHESTER, N.Y. –   Kyle De Laurell scored two goals as Air Force beat RIT, 5-3, in an Atlantic Hockey Association game Friday, Feb. 22, at the Frank Ritter Arena in Rochester, N.Y.

With the win, Air Force remains in second place in the league with 31 points. RIT fell to seventh place with 23 points. Air Force can clinch a first-round bye on Saturday with a win over RIT.

“This was a great win for us,” head coach Frank Serratore said. “We had to come from behind to win on the road and you have to be able to do that if you aspire to be a champion. We played a great third period.”

It was Air Force’s first win at RIT in five games.

Air Force (15-10-7, 13-6-5 AHA) and RIT (12-14-15, 10-10-4) conclude the two-game series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET in Rochester, N.Y.

Here is the Denver Post’s game story on No. 10 Denver’s 5-4 home win over No. 6 North Dakota and the USCHO.com recap.

No. 2 Minnesota, now only a point back in the WCHA standings, had to mount a strong third period to put away ninth-place Minnesota-Duluth.

Here is the St. Cloud Times’ take on Friday’s 4-3 win by Colorado College. and the Gazette game story. Columnist David Ramsey talked to unhappy Tiger fans.

Now that Air Force is one win away from making the AHA quarterfinals, the Falcons are ranked at No. 31 in the Pairwise Rankings while CC moved up from No. 31, to 30 and now into a tie for 29th. Looks like both teams will have to win their postseason tournament to make the NCAAs.