Denver Hockey NCHC Quarterfinals Preview: Colorado College

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The Denver Pioneers kick off the Frozen Faceoff playoffs with rivals Colorado College

The stage is set.

The Denver Pioneers host the Colorado College Tigers this weekend in a best-of-three series at Magness Arena.  Head coach Jim Montgomery spoke to the media Thursday leading up to the first round.  He spoke on how hard the Pioneers have been to play against lately, team first attitude, momentum, and how different playoff hockey is.

The Pioneers are 4-2-4 in their last ten games while Colorado College is 4-4-2.  For the season series, both teams are 1-1-2.

When LetsGoDU spoke to Tigers head coach Mike Haviland last time CC was in town, he spoke about the development of his players.  He mentioned that success lies in recruiting and bringing in “your own guys” to help build the program is key.  Haviland has a handful of players that are having career seasons under his watch which is something to look out for in this rivalry.  Haviland is a nominee for the NCHC coach of the year.

As for the Pioneers, they racked up several end-of-season accolades from the NCHC:

This series could be interesting, especially if CC somehow squeaks out a win Friday or Saturday.  With every NCHC in the playoffs, coach Mike Haviland would love to play spoiler this weekend.  But honestly, you’ll probably see a different DU team.  They will be playing a strategic, high-energy style that got them their NCAA title last year.  Expect the Pioneers to be all business.

Who to Watch

#13 – F – Nick Halloran – 19G, 25A

#15 – F – Mason Bergh – 16G, 21A

#14 – F – Trey Bradley – 6G, 21A

#27 – F – Troy Conzo –  5G, 9A

#1 – G – Alex Leclerc – 14-13-4, 3.25 GAA, .904 SV%

Other matchups in the NCHC First Round include:

No. 1 St. Cloud State vs. No. 8 Miami

No. 3 Duluth vs. No. 6 Western Michigan

No. 4 North Dakota vs. No. 5 Omaha

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Where to Watch/Listen 

Friday @ Magness Arena – 7:00pm MT, ESPN Denver 1600

Saturday @ Magness Arena – 7:00pm MT,ESPN Denver 1600

Sunday (if necessary) @ Magness Arena – 6:00pm MT, ESPN Denver 1600