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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

Photo courtesy of Shannon Valerio / DU Athletics

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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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Boston College

How sweet it is for Denver to come home after a 10-day road trip with four wins in its back pocket.  The Pioneers also return to another familiar place this week as the top-ranked team in college hockey with 38 first-place votes in the USCHO poll.  The Pioneers showed that they can get scoring from all lines and continue to get production from their freshmen.  One key freshman is goaltender Magnus Chrona who will play his first games at Magness Arena this weekend.  Chrona remains perfect at 4-0 with a GAA of 1.75 and save percentage of .935, quite an impressive debut stretch.  He and the Pioneers will look to give Boston College their first losses of the season when the No. 6 ranked team visits Denver this weekend.

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: Lake Superior State

The #2 Denver Pioneers started their season in thrilling fashion with a late game-winning goal from Cole Guttman to win their season opener against Alaska 4-3.  Freshman goaltender Magnus Chrona faced 61 shots in the series and allowed just three goals while shutting out the Nanooks on Saturday.  Denver wasn’t perfect by any means, but there are a lot of positives after the first week of the season for the No. 2 team in the nation.  Senior Liam Finlay had three assists, freshman Bobby Brink scored his first NCAA goal, and the Pioneers were perfect on the penalty kill.  Once Denver gets their power play to jell and they keep their opponents’ shots down, they will be pretty hard to beat.  They face a hot team this weekend on the road when they visit Lake Superior State.
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Denver Hockey Series Preview: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Hello LetsGoDU fans and welcome back to another season of Denver Pioneers hockey. It’s a special year for the University of Denver and their fans as they celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Pioneers. Besides the usual great in-conference matchups, the Pioneers will welcome Boston College, Niagara, and UMass-Amherst to Magness Arena. Make sure to see the Pioneers live this season, you won’t want to miss it. Continue reading Denver Hockey Series Preview: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Denver Hockey NCAA West Regional Preview: Ohio State

The Denver Pioneers and Ohio State Buckeyes meet again in the Frozen Four Tournament Friday in Fargo, ND

It’s difficult to be mad about the results of last weekend’s NCHC Frozen Faceoff.  The Denver Pioneers faced a lot of adversity this season and have fared well as a young team in an extremely competitive conference.  They won over 20 games, they took 3rd place in the conference tournament and now enter the NCAA Tournament with the ability to beat any team in the bracket.  In a year where the team was supposed to take a step back, the Pioneers are playing with house money and that will be dangerous for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Continue reading Denver Hockey NCAA West Regional Preview: Ohio State