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Denver Hockey Frozen Faceoff Preview: North Dakota

The fact that you’re reading this preview means that the Denver Pioneers advanced to the semifinals of the Frozen Faceoff with a win over Omaha.  Indeed that happened when senior Bo Hanson scored the game-winning goal late in the third period to lead Denver to a 5-4 victory, further extending their season.  If you didn’t catch the game, make sure to check out our recap here.

So what happens next?  With Minnesota Duluth defeating Western Michigan in dramatic fashion Saturday night, Denver will face longtime foe North Dakota for the chance to advance to the NCHC Championship to play the winner of UMD vs St. Cloud State.

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Denver Hockey Frozen Faceoff Preview: Omaha

While it feels like just yesterday that we kicked off the NCHC season in Omaha in the pod, we’ve finally arrived at the 2021 Frozen Faceoff. The Pioneers finish with an overall record of 9-12-1 in a very difficult season for all of the student-athletes.  You have to commend them for playing through such condensed schedules, constant testing, and spending a lot of time away from campus. Denver finished their season with a pair of wins against Colorado College, but they haven’t played since February 27th.  They face the Omaha Mavericks in a sudden-death game to advance to the semifinals on Monday.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Omaha

The Pioneers got the split against North Dakota last week and improved to 5-8-1, but that record doesn’t seem to do justice.  The Pioneers are out-shooting their opponents on average 30-24, they’re getting quality chances, but they aren’t getting the puck luck.  They’re 2-4 in one-goal games which could be the difference right now, especially how Denver started the season.   In their first season without a national champion on the roster, this is a big test not only for the players but for coach David Carle.  Leadership is going to play a big role in the next ten games of a unique season, but everyone knows it all starts with a little momentum.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: North Dakota

Following a couple weeks off, it’s “North Dakota week” as the No. 18 Pioneers host the No. 2 Fighting Hawks this weekend in a rare Sunday-Monday series at Magness Arena.  These teams met in the bubble twice just a month ago and split two nail-biting games that concluded with a Jordan Kawaguchi OT goal and a Carter Savoie go-ahead power play goal.  This series shouldn’t be any different as DU is coming off a 6-1 game vs Colorado College and North Dakota is riding a six-game winning streak.  Cue the fireworks.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Colorado College

Here we are, Pioneers fans.  We have finally arrived at the end of the regular season and the only thing standing in the way of the #6 University of Denver Pioneers and the NCHC Tournament is the hated Colorado College Tigers.  Having won the first two games against CC this year, the Pioneers are just one NCHC point away from bringing home the Gold Pan this season which would be important to the seniors. Michael Davies, Erich Fear, Liam Finlay, and Tyson McLellan leave behind a legacy as leaders and champions.  Saturday night’s “white-out” will be their final game skating on Magness Arena ice in a Pioneers sweater and it will be an emotional one.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: St. Cloud State

The No. 6 Pioneers rebounded last weekend with a pair of wins against the Miami University RedHawks.  Denver’s offense exploded for 14 goals while the tandem of Magnus Chrona and Devin Cooley gave up three goals on 45 shots all weekend.  While Cole Guttman and Ian Mitchell received forward and defenseman of the week honors from the NCHC, it was Tyler Ward to stood out, netting a hat trick in Friday’s game and adding a couple more assists in Saturday’s game.  After Saturday’s game, head coach David Carle said the Pioneers were doing the right things they needed to do to win, and they kept their foot on the gas.  Now, Denver battles St. Cloud State with the fourth and final home-ice berth on the line. Denver sits in fourth, one point behind Western Michigan for third-place and four points ahead of SCSU.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Miami (OH)

It was another difficult series for the No. 7 Pioneers who fell to the North Dakota Fighting Hawks 4-1 and 3-1 last weekend.  Bobby Brink and Brett Edwards were the lone goal-scorers in each game in a series where it seemed that UND was getting most of the puck luck.  It was a tough environment and an even harder battle getting back into games with the Fighting Hawks who played with a lead all weekend.  The Pioneers also took a too-many-men minor in each game, something you don’t usually see.  It’s been clear that Denver hasn’t been able to play their game in the last two series, but there’s an opportunity to make up some ground before playoff time.  The Pioneers host the Miami RedHawks this weekend who may take the brunt of some built-up frustration.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: North Dakota

With the Pioneers riding an 11-game unbeaten streak into the series with the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, not many would’ve predicted Denver getting swept at home.  It was an opportune moment for the Pioneers to take a strong position in the NCHC standings, but instead, they fall to a 3rd place tie with Western Michigan, each with 28 points.  Head coach David Carle said that the Pioneers couldn’t match the intensity that UMD brought in the second game and they simply lost to the better team.  The schedule doesn’t get any easier and no love will be lost as Denver travels to Grand Forks for a Valentine’s Weekend series with a Fighting Hawks team that is 14-1 at home this year.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Minnesota Duluth

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It’s been quite the start to 2020 for the #5 Denver Pioneers.  Dating back to December, the Pios haven’t lost in their last 11 games.  And last week’s series against Miami may have been one of their strongest defensively.  Holding the RedHawks to under 23 shots in both contests, Denver possessed the puck well and only took three penalties all weekend keeping Miami’s hot power play off the ice.  When David Carle met with the media this week, he said the difference between his team now and a few months ago is that they’re better at growing after each game.  Now, Denver faces #10 Minnesota Duluth and #2 North Dakota in back-to-back series and will have an opportunity to keep this roll going against two of the best teams in the country.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Miami

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Whether you saw it coming or not, the Pioneers had their hands full last weekend with Omaha.  The Pioneers tied the Mavericks in both games but they came away with the extra points in the standings to pull within two points of Minnesota Duluth.  Omaha has now given North Dakota and Denver a run for their money in back to back weekends and is earning a reputation of being a hard out.  Come NCHC Tournament time, Omaha will not be a team that anybody wants to run into in the first round. This weekend, the Pioneers bring their nine-game unbeaten streak to Oxford, Ohio to face the Miami RedHawks.

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