According to College Hockey News, the University of Denver (9-12-1) will be short-handed headed into Saturday’s first-round showdown with Omaha (14-9-1) at the new-look, single-elimination NCHC Frozen Faceoff in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
DU will travel with only 16 skaters instead of 24 but all three goalies are available. It is not known at the moment which eight players will not make the trip. We also do not know if the eight players were infected by the virus or sidelined due to isolation and/or contact tracing.
Denver will play with 16 skaters this weekend because 8 players were left back in COVID quarantine, CHN has learned. All 3 goalies are available.
— College Hockey News (@chnews) March 11, 2021
It is strictly speculation but CC had COVID-19 issues the weekend after Denver clinched the Gold Pan which caused the final series of the season to be canceled. While there is no reported transmission of the virus via sport, it’s certainly possible and even likely that it has already happened, especially in the NHL. Colorado College’s issues with COVID-19, you’ll remember, caused the postponement or cancellation of games three separate times this year.
Considering how well campus at large has been doing in terms of positive tests, I have to imagine it at least played a part in this. They played a week and a half ago…the timeline fits!
— LetsGoDU (@LetsGoDU) March 11, 2021
Expect some unusual line combinations. This is the worst possible news in what has been a bumpy at best season for DU hockey.
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