DEVELOPING: Denver Hockey to add NAHL defenseman for 2017-18

Photo credit: Rebekah Bing, NAHL.com

Earlier this evening, the NAHL’s Lone Star Brahmas announced on Twitter that defenseman Ryan Orgel is leaving the team and joining the top-ranked Denver Pioneers for the remainder of the 2017-18 season and beyond. There is no corresponding early departure or dismissal. Continue reading DEVELOPING: Denver Hockey to add NAHL defenseman for 2017-18

DU Volleyball Powers Past ORU for Title

The #1 seed University of Denver (22-5 overall), faced a pesky Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (15-13 overall, 11-3 Summit League) squad but used their power game to push past the #2 seed visitors, 3 – 1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 25-16). Emma Willis had 15 kills, Ellie Anderson 25 assists, Tina Boe had 6 blocks, and Piyushu Boteju had 11 digs. To top off the team effort, Kayla Principato was named the MVP of the Summit League Tournament. Principato had 12 kills and 27 total attempts/attacks. ORU was paced by senior Laura Milos with 25 kills and a whopping 51 total attempts/attacks. Continue reading DU Volleyball Powers Past ORU for Title

WATCH: Jim Montgomery discusses win over North Dakota

The top-ranked Denver Pioneers topped the North Dakota Fighting Hawks 4-1 last night to earn a weekend split with their archrival. It was an important bounce-back type game for the Pios after blowing a 3-0 lead the night before. While Denver would have much preferred a sweep, especially after Friday night’s first period, DU was still able to enter Thanksgiving break on a good note.

DU head coach Jim Montgomery was pleased with his team’s performance last night. Watch his postgame media scrum below (pardon the typo in the tweet): Continue reading WATCH: Jim Montgomery discusses win over North Dakota

Denver rides power play, three-goal third period to recover from rivalry meltdown

Photo courtesy DU Athletics

A night ago, the story was a lack of leadership and dedication to the process. It ended in an ugly 5-4 loss that saw the top-ranked University of Denver Pioneers blow a 3-0 lead to the #3 North Dakota Fighting Hawks. One night later, the Pioneers rebounded and used their third period dominance to send the Fighting Hawks back to the frozen hellscape of Grand Forks, North Dakota with a loss. Continue reading Denver rides power play, three-goal third period to recover from rivalry meltdown

Denver Sweeps To Summit League Volleyball Finals

Denver – #1 DU women’s volleyball (22-5 overall, 12-2 Summit League) swept #4 seed North Dakota State University 3-0 Saturday afternoon (25-11, 25-20, 25-22). The win sends Denver to the Summit League finals at 2:00 Sunday against the winner of the #4 South Dakota vs. #3 Oral Roberts winner.

Denver was led by Becca Latham’s 20 kills, Cassidy Rooke’s 17 digs, Emma Willis’ 7 blocks, and a team hitting percentage of .318 vs NDSU’s .138. Denver’s pressure and pace forced a number of hitting errors by the Bison and DU’s power game was too much for the visitors. Continue reading Denver Sweeps To Summit League Volleyball Finals

WATCH: Jim Montgomery talks loss to North Dakota, lack of team commitment

Last night, the top-ranked Denver Pioneers lost in heartbreaking fashion to the #3 North Dakota Fighting Hawks after blowing a 3-0 lead. It was about as bad a loss as Denver has seen this year and it seems like this could be a turning point, for better or for worse, in the season.

DU head coach Jim Montgomery wasn’t happy with his team’s performance and he didn’t hold back in talking about what went wrong. Watch his postgame media scrum from last night below: Continue reading WATCH: Jim Montgomery talks loss to North Dakota, lack of team commitment

Denver captain Tariq Hammond makes season debut in North Dakota loss

photo courtesy of Shannon Valerio

The calendar year of 2017 would simultaneously be a gratifying and trying year for Tariq Hammond. The University of Denver Pioneers defenseman helped his team claim their eighth national title over Minnesota Duluth on April 8. Unfortunately, the staple of Denver’s blueline was on the receiving end of crunching hit against the boards that snapped his ankle requiring surgery. Continue reading Denver captain Tariq Hammond makes season debut in North Dakota loss

Pioneers blow 3-0 lead, show little life after first period in 5-4 loss to North Dakota

Photo credit: Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald

It was about as perfect a start as the top-ranked University of Denver Pioneers could have asked for. They were skating hard, passing well, and crashing the net at every turn. As such, the Pios were dominating play at Magness Arena against the #3 North Dakota Fighting Hawks. Denver looked every bit the best team in the country and North Dakota…well they didn’t. Continue reading Pioneers blow 3-0 lead, show little life after first period in 5-4 loss to North Dakota

Covering all things Crimson and Gold