It was a tough weekend for DU hockey (14-6-3) in a place that has been nothing but a nightmare for the past two seasons (0-4). Saturday night was no different as the Broncos raced out to an early 2-0 advantage in the first seven minutes and cruised to a 5-1 victory. The only good news was a power play goal by DU’s Emilio Pettersen who broke a 0-5 power play drought for the Pioneers to score DU’s lone goal. Denver finished 1-8 on the man advantage for the game.
Denver dropped Friday’s contest 3-1 and Saturday’s 5-1. Denver played a feisty Western Michigan squad in a rowdy Lawson Ice Arena.
— WMU Hockey (@WMUHockey) January 27, 2019
David Carle pulled Filip Larsson midway through the second period, down 5-0, and replaced him with third string goalie Michael Corson. Devin Cooley was out of action with the flu. Corson held the home team scoreless for the final 30 minutes.
Carle credited Western Michigan with the pace and energy advantage for the weekend series. “The pace of play in the NCHC is a different level (than non-conference).” That makes the upcoming series at Magness Arena against North Dakota next weekend a critical contest for the Pioneers. Now, the Pioneers must fight for home ice during the conference playoffs.
No excuses for the young Pioneer squad but the (20) underclassmen are no doubt experiencing the grind, quality and intensity of the NCHC.