DENVER, Colo. - Penn scored six goals in the third quarter to overtake Air Force, and the Quakers held on in the fourth to gain a 13-10 win on the first day of the Pioneer Faceoff Classic.
Penn (2-1) was led by Craig Andrzejewski, who had four goals and two assists. Corey Winkoff had three goals and two assists, while Alex Weber scored three times for the Quakers.
Penn got off to a quick start in this game, scoring the game's first two goals when Winkoff finished a Ryan Bailey feed four minutes in and then J.J. Lian connected with Casey O'Rourke. Air Force (1-2) responded with three goals before the end of the quarter, however, as Ridge Flick scored two unassisted efforts and Vinny Sandtorv scored in an extra-man situation.
Winkoff knotted the score at 3-3 just 18 seconds into the second period, and then traded goals with AFA's Griffin Nevitt just 30 seconds apart to make the score 4-4.
The Falcons scored three of the next four goals to take a 7-5 lead into the break. O'Rourke was Penn's long goalscorer during the run.
The third quarter was all Penn; the Quakers scored five goals in the first eight minutes, and never looked back. Weber started the run just 1:04 into the stanza with an unassisted goal, then finished an Andrzejewski feed three minutes later to tie the game at 7-7. Andrzejewski then sandwiched his first two goals of the day around a Bailey unassisted goal, pushing Penn to a 10-7 advantage. Both of Andrzejewski's goals came from Winkoff feeds.
Nevitt finally broke the run with a goal for Air Force, but Weber scored his third goal of the quarter in an extra-man situation with 31 seconds left. That put the Quakers up, 11-8, entering the fourth quarter.
Andrzejewski made it a four-goal lead just 39 seconds into the final period, and added his fourth of the game to offset a pair of goals from the Falcons.
Penn outshot Air Force, 43-33, and sophomore Justin Lynch won 17 of 25 faceoffs on the day. In goal, Chris Casey went the distance and had 11 saves. Lynch finished the day with 10 ground balls, while sophomore Joe Kelly added six.
Penn returns to action Sunday afternoon, taking on host Denver at 3:30 p.m. Eastern (1:30 local). The Pioneers defeated Brown, 11-8, to end a three-game skid and improve to 2-3 overall this season.