Liam Finlay’s hat trick caps Senior Night beatdown of St. Cloud State

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Freshman Liam Finlay tallied his first career hat trick, Henrik Borgström had a SportsCenter Top 10 worthy goal, and seniors accounted for eight points in the #1 University of Denver Pioneers’ 7-2 beatdown of the #18 St. Cloud State Huskies. Denver is now just one win away from clinching its first ever Penrose Cup, which is awarded to the team atop the NCHC standings at the end of the season. Continue reading Liam Finlay’s hat trick caps Senior Night beatdown of St. Cloud State

Denver Dominated by South Dakota State, Lose 88-64

 

After Denver’s last meeting with South Dakota State, a 91-82 home win, the Pioneers stood at 5-3 in the Summit League. The Jackrabbits, on the other hand, were 2-6 and in last place in the conference. Since then the two teams have been trending in opposite directions, culminating in SDSU’s runaway 88-64 win over Denver on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading Denver Dominated by South Dakota State, Lose 88-64

Denver dominates Cleveland State 19-6 in sloppy game

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It may not have been made for television, and thank goodness it wasn’t televised, but the #1 University of Denver Pioneers rose above sloppy play and took advantage of many mistakes made by the Cleveland State Vikings to win 19-6 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Continue reading Denver dominates Cleveland State 19-6 in sloppy game

WATCH: Jim Montgomery talks Henrik Borgström and overtime win over St Cloud

Last night, the top-ranked University of Denver Pioneers escaped the #18 St Cloud State Huskies with a 4-3 overtime victory thanks to the heroics of star freshman, Henrik Borgström. The victory, combined with Minnesota-Duluth’s 3-on-3 overtime loss to Miami, puts Denver one point clear of the Bulldogs in the NCHC Standings with one game in hand. Continue reading WATCH: Jim Montgomery talks Henrik Borgström and overtime win over St Cloud

Henrik Borgström lifts Denver back into 1st place with overtime goal

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Henrik Borgström, the artist, only had one goal all night, but it was the one that mattered most for the top-ranked University of Denver Pioneers. With 1:16 left in overtime, Borgström took a Troy Terry pass and wristed it under #18 St Cloud State University goalie Jeff Smith’s right arm to give the Pioneers a key 4-3 victory to reclaim 1st place in the NCHC. Continue reading Henrik Borgström lifts Denver back into 1st place with overtime goal

“Emotional night” to mark the growth of DU Hockey and Jim Montgomery

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Nine seniors will don the Crimson and Gold for their last regular season series at Magness Arena this weekend. The top-ranked University of Denver Pioneers (22-6-4, 14-3-3-2 NCHC) host the No. 18 St. Cloud State Huskies (15-14-1, 9-10-1-0 NCHC) who handed DU its most recent loss (3-2) on Jan. 20. Continue reading “Emotional night” to mark the growth of DU Hockey and Jim Montgomery

Omaha Wins Possession Battle to Defeat Pioneers 84-83

Speed kills.

Omaha used their quickness and speed to create turnovers (20 to 11) and steals (14 to 7) to defeat the Denver Pioneers at Magness Arena, 84-83, Wednesday night. Omaha’s Mitch Han scored with .7/10’s of a second left in the contest. Denver was fortunate to take the lead on a C.J. Bobbitt layup with .12 seconds remaining but the Mavericks responded by working the ball inside to Han as the clock ran down. With Daniel Amigo out of the game with five fouls, Denver could not stop the 6’8″ Han from delivering the knockout blow.

Turnovers and steals gave the Mavericks an incredible 16 possession advantage – too much of hurdle for almost any team to overcome.   Continue reading Omaha Wins Possession Battle to Defeat Pioneers 84-83

Evans Curse may be coming to an end

The two universities founded by John Evans, Northwestern University and the University of Denver, have never made it to the NCAA basketball tournament. It has been 78 years for the Wildcats (20-7, 9-5 Big 10), the longest drought of any major conference basketball program. Members of the original 120 Division I teams to never make the NCAA tournament include Army, The Citadel, St. Francis (NY), William & Mary, and of course Northwestern. Denver’s futility is somewhat softened because the Pioneers were a Division II program from 1979 to 1998. Denver has whiffed all 59 years, though. Continue reading Evans Curse may be coming to an end

Upperclassman leaders play important role for Denver Hoops

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Senior Josiah Dunn and redshirt junior Duke Douglas are making their final on-court appearance at Magness Arena Wednesday night.

Though they haven’t received major minutes on the court this season, both Douglas and  Dunn are classic ‘glue guys’ who hold the team together by example – hard work, accountability, and cooperation. Both are widely respected for their experience and work ethic both on and off the court at DU. LetsGoDU caught up with head coach Rodney Billups and assistant coach Dan Ficke to get their thoughts on these two upperclassmen. Continue reading Upperclassman leaders play important role for Denver Hoops

Puck Swami: Denver Pioneer History Being Made Before Our Very Eyes

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At this very moment on Feb. 20, 2017, for the first time in history, our two flagship sports, ice hockey and men’s lacrosse, are both ranked #1 in the country in all the major polls of those two sports.

For our small private school in the Rockies with 5,500 undergrads and a budget 1/10th the size of some of the large D-I football powers, with our opponents spread out all over the country and requiring jet planes to get to 85% of DU away games, this is an astonishing, epic achievement.

Additionally, our men’s soccer team finished #3 in the country this fall. And our women’s gymnastics team is currently ranked #8 in the country, the highest the program has ever been ranked.  And DU women’s lacrosse is undefeated this year and ranked #14/15 in the country. And our nationally ranked swim teams (#20 men’s and #26 women’s) just swept the podium in EVERY EVENT at the Summit League Championships last week.

I say all this because we need to take a moment to realize just how frickin’ good our athletics program is right now.  No program in the country gets better performance for the buck than DU does.  And now is the time to tell your friends from bigger schools that the Pioneers are on top of the country in two sports.  Let’s hope both can end their seasons with a National Championship.

For those of us oldsters who remember the days when DU played hockey in a decrepit old WWII surplus naval drill hall and DU lacrosse played mostly clubs and small colleges on muddy fields in front of 50 people, we can only say how proud we are to see just how far DU has come as a national sports power.

Go Pios!

 

 

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