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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Omaha

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It was quite the vibe last weekend at Magness Arena when the Pioneers swept the St. Cloud State Huskies in their biggest offensive explosion since early November against Niagara.  Denver has now put together an impressive six-game winning streak heading into their first road series of 2020 against Omaha.  It seems like each year it takes some time for the Pioneers to find their identity and the new year gives them the fresh slate they need to come out stronger.  This seems to be the case as they’re red hot and climbing the USCHO ranks now as the No. 4 team in the country.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: St. Cloud State

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You can say it was revenge or just another series, but the #5 Denver Pioneers made a statement last weekend when they swept the #10 UMass-Amherst Minutemen.  It wasn’t the prettiest at times but the Pioneers found ways to find goals from dirty areas and create havoc in front of the net.  Now winners of four straight games, the Pioneers host the unranked St. Cloud State Huskies and will try to improve on their 3-3-2 record in the NCHC.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: UMass-Amherst

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Welcome back to Denver Hockey! We hope everyone had a nice holiday break and is starting the new year off right.  It was nice to see Denver closeout 2019 with a sweep of Colorado College.  And with some much-needed rest, the #7 Pioneers can kick off the second half of their season with some tough competition when the #9 UMass-Amherst Minutemen come to Magness Arena for a rematch of last year’s Frozen Four semifinal.  Star defenseman Cale Makar has since moved on from college to the Colorado Avalanche, but the Minutemen are again another dangerous team from the east coast.  Pioneers head coach David Carle said Thursday on the upcoming series, “the biggest thing for us is to come out and play to our identity and I think we can get the results that we want.” Continue reading Denver Hockey Series Preview: UMass-Amherst

Denver Hockey Series Preview: Colorado College

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After the #8 Denver Pioneers failed to earn a win last weekend on the road against Arizona State, the Pioneers are now 1-4-3 in their last eight games following an 8-0-0 start to the season.  But with the unranked rival Colorado College Tigers up next on the schedule, Denver has a prime opportunity to get back on track with a couple of NCHC wins.  The Tigers return to Denver on Friday as keepers of the Gold Pan trophy for the first time since 2014.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Arizona State

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Welcome back Pioneer fans!  We hope everybody had a great thanksgiving with their families this past week.  Your pumpkin pie probably tasted much sweeter after Denver defeated Western Michigan 6-1, earning their ninth win of the season.  After some time off to recollect, the No. 4 Pioneers hit the road again and will play No. 20 Arizona State for the first time on the Sun Devils home ice.  And if the competition is anything like the social media battle that led up to this weekend, we should expect a high-intensity series.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Western Michigan

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It was another difficult weekend for No. 4 Denver who went 0-1-1 against North Dakota.  They averaged almost 30 shots vs sophomore goaltender Adam Scheel who only let in two goals all weekend en route to earning NCHC Goaltender of the Week honors.  Denver wasn’t able to capitalize on the power play and also had issues staying out of the penalty box.  In close games like these with rivals like the Fighting Hawks, it comes down to who makes the most mistakes and the Pioneers did just that.  Following a game in which coach David Carle called “embarrassing for us all around,” the Pioneers host the No. 20 Western Michigan Broncos who have won five of their last seven games.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: North Dakota

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Although the #2/#1 Denver Pioneers got off to solid starts last weekend at Minnesota Duluth, they weren’t able to hold on in either game going 0-1-1 for the series, though they did earn the extra NCHC point in the shootout on Friday.  Head coach David Carle met with the media on Thursday and said “to get punched in the face and in the mouth and see how you get back up is a healthy thing,” describing the Pioneers’ learning experience going up against one of college hockey’s top teams.  Denver hosts the #9 North Dakota Fighting Hawks this weekend – already the Pios’ third top-ten series of the season – who are riding a five-game winning streak so it should make for another thrilling NCHC matchup.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Minnesota Duluth

Last weekend’s celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Denver Hockey was quite the spectacle.  Having generations of players on the ice together celebrating the program was something really special to witness.  If you missed it, make sure you check out Puck Swami’s recap of the celebration.  The Pioneers improved to 8-0 after the sweep of Niagara and now begin their conference slate starting with the back-to-back national champion Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs.

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Pioneers take first of two from Niagara 6-2

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DENVER – It was an interesting game Friday at Magness Arena when the Pioneers hosted Niagara.  We knew it was going to be a steep hill to climb from the start for the Purple Eagles coming into Denver and facing a hot Pioneers team, but they didn’t help themselves by taking 11 minor penalties.  Towards the end of the game, Niagara looked exhausted from defending their own goal but they battled to the end.  Let’s see how this game unfolded.  Continue reading Pioneers take first of two from Niagara 6-2

Denver Hockey Series Preview: Niagara

After a big sweep of the Boston College Eagles, the Pioneers had a week off to rest before hosting the Niagara Purple Eagles for the Pios’ 70th Anniversary Weekend. 170 Denver Hockey alumni are expected to be in town for the celebration. Meanwhile, on the ice, Denver is having a fantastic start to the season with a record of at 6-0-0.  The penalty kill is hot at 96%, they have five players averaging at least a point-per-game, and freshman Magnus Chrona is one of the best goalies in college hockey right now.  The Pioneers remain No. 1 in the USCHO poll with 46 first-place votes with conference games right around the corner.

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