LetsGoDU Special Offer – Show your Pioneer Holiday (Break) Spirit

DU students have begun their long winter break from November 21st until January 6th. But there are no breaks for DU’s student-athletes. DU Volleyball is competing for an NCAA Tournament berth starting Saturday night (6:00 pm MT) and Sunday afternoon (2:00 pm MT). Denver Hockey is trying to secure its first NCHC win against a tough Western Michigan team with two 7:07 starts Friday and Saturday night.

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Surging Denver Volleyball Set to Fight For NCAA Berth

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Six straight 20-win seasons, 5 straight regular-season Summit League titles and five straight NCAA appearances have made Denver volleyball one of DU’s best-performing programs. However, despite all the recent success, this season’s Denver Volleyball squad (21-7, 13-3 Summit League) has been on a ‘roller coaster ride” according to head coach Tom Hogan. Continue reading Surging Denver Volleyball Set to Fight For NCAA Berth

Denver lays egg against North Dakota in 4-1 loss to extend winless streak to four games

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DENVER – Just a few weeks ago, everything was all sunshine and rainbows for the #2 Denver Pioneers. They sat at 8-0-0 after dominating their way through their early nonconference slate. Now, four games later, at 8-2-2 and winless (in regulation) in NCHC play, the Pioneers have been giving a few heaping doses of reality, the latest in the form of a 4-1 home loss to the archrival #9 North Dakota Fighting Hawks at Magness Arena on Saturday night. Seasons are marathons, not sprints and this is likely just the first of a number of bumps in the Pioneers’ road to Detroit, but tonight, that little, barely noticeable bump got a whole lot bigger. Continue reading Denver lays egg against North Dakota in 4-1 loss to extend winless streak to four games

Denver Resurrects Season, Earns NCAA Bid

Photos: Courtesy Jason Evans. Pioneers celebrate Judd’s game winning goal (above).

The low point came a month ago (10/19) with a loss to Summit League member Western Illinois. Said head coach Jamie franks, “I’m very disappointed with my group. The mentality of the group was wrong. We just got out worked today. The success of the program has always been built on three things that you can control: your positioning, your work rate and your mentality. This season, this team’s work rate and their mentality have been poor. They have not been open to criticism. There has not been ownership every day to try to bring their best and get better. For that, we haven’t gotten results.”  The team fell to 2-7-2 overall, 0-1-1 Summit League. Continue reading Denver Resurrects Season, Earns NCAA Bid

Pioneers drop two points to archrival North Dakota in defensive struggle

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DENVER – The puck fell to Colton Poolman’s stick in the right circle. The North Dakota senior captain took a chance, put it on net, and found twine just over Magnus Chrona’s shoulder. And just like that, in the second overtime, with the #2 Denver Pioneers and #9 North Dakota Fighting Hawks playing for an extra point in the NCHC standings, the team in green took two of the first three points on this rivalry weekend with a 2-1 victory at Magness Arena in what will go down as a 1-1 tie for NCAA purposes. Continue reading Pioneers drop two points to archrival North Dakota in defensive struggle

Denver Hockey Series Preview: North Dakota

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Although the #2/#1 Denver Pioneers got off to solid starts last weekend at Minnesota Duluth, they weren’t able to hold on in either game going 0-1-1 for the series, though they did earn the extra NCHC point in the shootout on Friday.  Head coach David Carle met with the media on Thursday and said “to get punched in the face and in the mouth and see how you get back up is a healthy thing,” describing the Pioneers’ learning experience going up against one of college hockey’s top teams.  Denver hosts the #9 North Dakota Fighting Hawks this weekend – already the Pios’ third top-ten series of the season – who are riding a five-game winning streak so it should make for another thrilling NCHC matchup.

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Best Magness Arena Student Section Ever? 2019-2020 in the Conversation

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Heading into this season, many people expected Denver Hockey to be among the top programs to watch this season. Over the years, improved lighting, sound, concessions, and other upgrades have made DU hockey a ‘must-see’ sporting event on campus. But, believe it or not, this student section has become another great reason to see DU hockey. Not since the mid-1980s and the ‘Bleacher Creatures’ has a Denver student section been so energized. Continue reading Best Magness Arena Student Section Ever? 2019-2020 in the Conversation

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