The Battle for the Gold Pan is renewed this weekend

Heading into the season, Colorado College looked to be a team on the rise and many DU fans thought a successful season for the Pios would be the retention of the Gold Pan and not much else. Colorado College (8-12-2) has had a disappointing season while #3 Denver (14-4-2) is off to a fantastic start. But all bets are off when it comes to the Battle for the Gold Pan in this heated front range rivalry.

By nearly any measure, the retention of the Gold Pan is a key metric when defining a successful season for the Pioneers. This season is no different. And, CC will see this as a way to recapture a once hopeful season, engage a disheartened fan base and take the heat off head coach Mike Haviland.

While the University of Denver and Colorado College started playing each other in January 1950, the Gold Pan Trophy was not created until the early nineties. Then-DU Coach, Frank Serratore (now coach of Air Force) and then-CC Coach Don Lucia (retired Minnesota HC) created the traveling trophy to be awarded to the winner of the regular season series.

The Pioneers celebrate their 4th consecutive Gold Pan win last season at the Broadmoor World Arena following a 5-1 win.

The first Gold Pan Trophy was an old mining pan from Cripple Creek, Colorado that actually was once used for prospecting. After the 2003-2004 season, DU lost that pan. The current trophy, replacing the ‘lost’ pan, was created by Colorado sculptor Mike Halterman and donated by the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine in 2005.

Both schools have remained in the same conference over the past 69 years (nice) and play four times each year during the regular season and have met in conference and NCAA Tournaments as well. The teams have met 315 times and DU leads the series 178-118-19. Despite the lopsided series figures, CC finally relinquished the series last season for the Gold Pan 13-12. CC always gets up to play in this series regardless of record so DU needs to get ready for a competitive weekend of hockey.

2 thoughts on “The Battle for the Gold Pan is renewed this weekend”

  1. Don’t look at the records. This is going to be a war this weekend. LeClerc is one of the best goalies in the NCHC when he’s on his game, and as we saw last weekend with Omaha, good goaltending can cover a lot of other shortcomings and keep games tight.

    I thought CC would be more effective offensively this year, given the amazing work that Bradley, Halloran and Bergh did last year as a unit. With Halloran out, expect CC to reach deep to make up for that loss, but that is an experienced Tiger team that usually plays DU very tight.

    DU needs to be better out of the chute with their skating game- start moving their feet earlier in games, and get the transition game going. Omaha did a great job of shutting down DU’s breakout, and that kept the games close last weekend.

  2. I expect two hard-fought, close games this weekend. CC is down again, at least record-wise, but sure as hell will be motivated for this series.

    This will be 1st time a while I won’t be able to attend both CC games at Magness. I’m sure the crowd will be rocking. Go Pios!!!!

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