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Denver Hockey Frozen Faceoff Semifinal Preview: Minnesota Duluth

The No. 5 Denver Pioneers will battle the defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs for a chance to defend their 2017-18 NCHC title

It was a wild weekend of hockey last Friday and Saturday when the Pioneers closed the door on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks’ season.  There wasn’t much room to skate and it seemed like players were getting hit immediately after they touched the puck.  But persistence and a little puck luck propelled the Pioneers to their sixth straight Frozen Faceoff appearance.  Denver will play the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Friday night for the opportunity to meet either St. Cloud State or Colorado College in the final.  Yes, you read that right…Colorado College.

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Denver Hockey Playoff Series Preview: North Dakota

The Denver Pioneers host the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at Magness Arena in the first round of the NCHC playoffs

Playoff hockey is finally here, and many Pioneers fans are thankful they get to see a couple more games at Magness Arena.  After falling to the Colorado College Tigers in both games last weekend, Denver drew longtime rival North Dakota in the first round of the NCHC Tournament.  It hasn’t been an easy end of the regular season for the Pioneers with a slumping offense, but home ice will hopefully play a role against their first opponent on the road to the Frozen Faceoff.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Colorado College

No. 6 Denver plays their final series of the regular season versus Colorado College with the Gold Pan and a record on the line

It seems like just yesterday we were talking about what the Denver Pioneers were going to do without coach Jim Montgomery.  We pondered how the defense would fare without the experience of Adam Plant and Tariq Hammond.  And what would this forward group do without future NHL stars Troy Terry, Dylan Gambrell, and Henrik Borgström in the lineup?  But as the 2018-19 Pioneers prepare for their final home game of the regular season at Magness Arena Friday, this team under coach David Carle has a lot to be proud of with a 19-8-5 record. Continue reading Denver Hockey Series Preview: Colorado College

Denver Hockey Series Preview: Omaha

No. 6 Denver travels to Omaha to face the Mavericks as they continue to chase Western Michigan and Minnesota Duluth in the standings

The Pioneers split their series with the Miami RedHawks last weekend before winning their rescheduled game at Colorado College on Tuesday 1-0.  Now that they’re caught up with the rest of the NCHC in games played, Denver now sits just one point behind Western Michigan for the 3rd seed in the conference.  With just four games remaining in the regular season, the Pioneers are fighting to host a game at Magness Arena in the NCHC playoffs this month.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Miami University

The No. 7 Denver Pioneers return home to host Miami University after an impressive split at Minnesota Duluth

With less than a month left in the regular season, the Pioneers proved they’re already ready for playoff hockey.  This past weekend, Denver split their series with Minnesota-Duluth after a great 27-save shutout from goaltender Devin Cooley.  Freshman Slava Demin had the lone goal in a tight game featuring the last two national champions.  And with that pivotal road win, the Pioneers aren’t just a team that can give opponents a run for their money.  They’re a team that can steal a big game on the big stage.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Minnesota-Duluth

The No. 7 Denver Pioneers travel to Minnesota this weekend to face defending national champion Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs

Much like when a team wins the Stanley Cup in the NHL, the following season that team gets the best from every team they play on their schedule.  But for the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, they have been giving their best right back.  After an astonishing run to the Frozen Four after squeaking into the tournament, Duluth was favored to win the national championship this year.  They returned several key players and have been impressive yet again.  The Denver Pioneers are one of the few teams who have brought the Bulldogs down to earth, but not without earning every inch of ice.  This weekend will be no different in their barn.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: North Dakota

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No. 7 Denver will try to rebound this weekend when they host archrival, unranked North Dakota

It was a tough series for the Pioneers who lost both games against Western Michigan last weekend.  With goals scored by Liam Finlay and Emilio Pettersen, the Pioneers didn’t bring enough firepower to Kalamazoo to compete with the Broncos.  The Pioneers played from behind all weekend and couldn’t get going offensively early in the games.  Head coach David Carle described the series as “getting punched in the mouth,” something the Pioneers haven’t had much of this season.  But with more games on the schedule to be played, Denver will move forward and learn from the experience.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Western Michigan

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Two of the NCHC’s hottest teams face-off this weekend when No. 4 Denver travels to Kalamazoo to play No. 13 Western Michigan 

The #3 Denver Pioneers extended their unbeaten streak to eight games last weekend after a tie with Colorado College.  DU managed to come from behind and earn an extra point in the NCHC standings after winning the shootout Saturday night.  Friday night’s game was postponed due to extreme weather conditions and has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 26th in Colorado Springs.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Colorado College

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The Denver Pioneers ride a seven-game winning streak into the Battle for the Gold Pan

It had been a while since the Pioneers played at home in Denver, but they gave the students and fans plenty to cheer about last weekend against Omaha.  After pulling out two close wins against the Mavericks, the #3 Pioneers have picked up some serious momentum winning their last seven games and eight of their last 10.

The Pioneers have proven that they can win non-conference games, but can they finish the season with consistent wins against top NCHC teams?  They will have to keep the pressure on against CC this weekend.      Continue reading Denver Hockey Series Preview: Colorado College

Denver Wins Sixth Straight Behind Lukosevicius, Larsson

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The Denver Pioneers defeated the Omaha Mavericks 1-0 with the help of Filip Larsson’s 21 saves

After being on the road for all of December, the Pioneers returned to Magness Arena and came away with a win against Omaha 1-0.  It was a true goaltender dual between Denver’s Filip Larsson and Omaha’s Evan Weninger, but the Pioneers came out on top.  The game’s only goal came from Jarid Lukosevicious who was set up nicely by Emilio Pettersen at the end of the second period.  The Pioneers ride a six-game winning streak into next week when they face Colorado College.

Let’s get into tonight’s recap.

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