It was ugly. If you didn’t or couldn’t watch the top-ranked University of Denver Pioneers lose their second straight game, this time by a score of 7-4, against the Western Michigan Broncos, consider yourself lucky. It was bad.
There isn’t much more to say other than the Pioneers blew a 2nd period 3-0 lead and virtually imploded in the 3rd period. They did manage to score twice on the power play, but that’s about as positive as you can get about this loss. From goalie play to defensive zone play to offensive zone pressure, everything else was just bad.
At times this weekend, the Pioneers looked lost on the ice and it seems they’re sorely missing the on-ice leadership of captain Tariq Hammond right now. While I don’t have an update on his rehab process, I’d be absolutely shocked if he’s not playing next weekend.
not our night pic.twitter.com/HBy8hguDYV
— Denver Hockey (@DU_Hockey) November 5, 2017
In the end, there isn’t anything to say except that it’s a damn good thing it’s only November 4th and not March 4th. The Pioneers must improve. And they will. Jim Montgomery is a good coach and he knows what he’s doing. Be patient and, as always, #TrustTheProscess.
Denver returns home next weekend to take on the top-ranked-to-be St. Cloud State Huskies. You won’t want to miss this series and tickets can be acquired at denverpioneers.com.