Polls & Ratings & Comparisons, Oh My! Making Sense of College Hockey’s Rankings

Nearly every Monday morning from late September through mid-April, USCHO.com and USA Hockey Magazine post their weekly college hockey media polls. And nearly every Monday morning from late September through mid-April, College Hockey Twitter (it’s a thing! Come join us and get mad at everything!) goes into an uproar over the polls, regardless of the rankings and who is and isn’t ranked.

Some of the various opinions you’ll see on a weekly basis can be summarized as follows: Continue reading Polls & Ratings & Comparisons, Oh My! Making Sense of College Hockey’s Rankings

DU Gymnastics team looks great, but can’t catch #1 Oklahoma Sooners

The DU gymnastics team improved its season high team score by over two tenths of a point at their fourth meet of the season on Sunday afternoon in Magnus arena. (Can we call it that in honor of Chrona’s shutout Friday night?!) The gymnastics team score was 197.425. For comparison, the highest team score last year for DU was 197.6. Not there yet, but this DU gymnastics team is improving week over week. We even saw the return of graduate student, Lynnzee Brown, to the vault lineup, which has her back on three of four events after last year’s season ending achilles tendon injury. DU hit season high team scores on both bars (49.4) and floor (49.4).  But, even the Pioneers very best meet wouldn’t touch the Oklahoma Sooner’s whopping 198.425 team score. Oklahoma is just that good, which is why they are ranked #1.

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Denver Gymnastics to face Oklahoma Sooners Sunday at Magness Arena

We’re already three weeks into the collegiate gymnastics season, and the Denver Pioneers are off to a great start. The team started the season off with a win at home on January 8th, followed by two second-place finishes on January 13th and 20th. Their fourth meet will be the best competition we’ll see in Magness in the regular season this year as the #1 Oklahoma Sooners travel to Denver for a meet this Sunday, January 29th.

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Second Half Fade Bites Denver, 70-60

Denver traveled to Kansas City to take on the UMKC Roos Saturday night. Yet again, it was a poor second half that doomed the Pioneers, leading by three at the break, but emerging with a final score of 70-60.

Despite four early turnovers, the Pioneers led 7-4 four minutes into the first half. A Lucas Kisunas lay-in gave DU a 12-8 lead at the ten minute mark. A flagrant foul on DU’s Lukas Kisunas, his third, led to a Roos free throw and a narrow 23-22 DU lead at 3:36. The teams traded points and the half ended in DU’s favor, 30-27, as a last second Roos shot missed the cylinder. Denver shot 34.8% to 25% for the Roos in the first twenty minutes.

Denver held the advantage until UMKC took the lead on a layup at 16:25, 33-31. UMKC extended their lead over the next six minutes and Denver trailed by five at the ten minute mark as Bruner canned a pair of free throws. Denver pulled within one point on a pair of Marko Lukic free throws, 46-45, at 8:50. Unfortunately, that was as close as DU could get down the stretch. Over the next six minutes, the Roos doubled up DU 7 to 14 on points to hold an 8 point lead. Back-to-back dunks by brothers Precious Idiaru and Promise Idiaru sunk Denver’s hopes with less than two minutes remaining, 64-52. UMKC coasted the final minute with the score ending 70-60, Roos.

Denver was thin down the stretch with injuries to Touko Tainamo and Pedro Lopez-Sanvicente and Lukas Kisunas in foul trouble. Shemarri Allen, Raquandis Mitchell and Allen David Mukeba battered DU inside. UMKC had 38 points in the paint and held DU to 1-11 from behind the arc. Tommy Bruner and Tevin Smith led DU with 19 and 17 points respectively.

Denver will try to snap their three game losing streak against Western Illinois on Thursday at 7:00 pm MT at Hamilton Gym.

Pioneers Open 2022-23 Battle for the Gold Pan with 2-0 Shutout at Ball Arena

The #5 Denver Pioneers (20-7-0, 11-4-0 NCHC) are no strangers to big games on NHL sheets. After all, just nine months ago, they went to Boston and won the program’s ninth national title at the home of the Boston Bruins (who now employ Jim Montgomery as their head coach…the DU-Boston roots just keep growing). Now, less than a year later, the Pioneers showed out again in an NHL building, this time at the home of the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, Ball Arena against the Colorado College Tigers (10-14-1, 6-8-1 NCHC), their in-state nemesis and opened the 2022-23 Battle for the Gold Pan with a 2-0 victory. The shutout was Magnus Chrona’s fourth of the season, extended his shutout streak vs Colorado College to five games (Dating back to February 25, 2021) and moves him into a tie for second-most shutouts in DU history, now two shy of Peter Mannino’s all-time record of 15. Continue reading Pioneers Open 2022-23 Battle for the Gold Pan with 2-0 Shutout at Ball Arena

Local Apparel Company Releases Boone Sweatshirt, Currently Available for Preorder

Denver-based DeCo Apparel Company which specializes in unique, Denver sports-related designs, just released their brand-new sweater which features Boone wearing nine championship rings, recognizing each of the record-tying nine national titles that the Denver Hockey program has won. Continue reading Local Apparel Company Releases Boone Sweatshirt, Currently Available for Preorder

ORU Uses Massive Second Half to Overwhelm DU, 102-61

After what can only be described as a tragic week, Denver men’s basketball (12-11, 3-7) traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma to take on the very best of the Summit League – the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (18-4, 9-0). Denver kept their composure in a solid first half against ORU but their emotional reserve ran dry the final 20 minutes. The Pioneers were outscored 59 to 22 in the half, falling in a final score of 102-61. Continue reading ORU Uses Massive Second Half to Overwhelm DU, 102-61

Colorado College Professor Seeks Hockey Reform

The New York Post and The Daily Mail recently wrote about a Colorado College astrophysicist professor, Natalie Gosnell, PhD who sees her specialty of study of the universe as riddled with “very violent and hyper-masculine” terminology — such as “vampire star” or “cannibal star”. Gosnell has gone public about combating these issues in the classroom and beyond. Continue reading Colorado College Professor Seeks Hockey Reform

Looking For New LetsGoDU Writers for 2023 and Beyond

As 2023 is now fully underway, we are looking to add to our staff at LetsGoDU. If you follow a particular sport at DU and would like to become a credentialed writer (or a non-credentialed writer and just want to share your thoughts), send us an email (letsgodu at gmail dot com) and tell us the sports you follow and why you would like to write for LetsGoDU. Continue reading Looking For New LetsGoDU Writers for 2023 and Beyond

DU Basketball Player Arrested in Connection with Fatal Automobile Crash

University of Denver basketball sophomore forward Coban Porter was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of vehicular homicide and reckless driving in connection with a 1:54 AM two-vehicle crash at University Boulevard and Buchtel Blvd. in Denver, according to Denver Police and the Denver Post.  One driver died at the scene. Continue reading DU Basketball Player Arrested in Connection with Fatal Automobile Crash

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