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David Carle and Co. proving tempered preseason expectations foolish

When it was first reported in late May that David Carle was the next head hockey coach at the University of Denver, many wondered if, at the young age of 28 which made him the youngest head coach in Division I hockey, Carle was up to the challenge of leading arguably the best program in the history of college hockey.

Through Carle’s first 20 games, the Pioneers sit at 14-4-2 and are sitting at #2 in the Pairwise rankings. That would be impressive enough before considering the bevy of obstacles he and his program have faced. From adding new coaching assistants, fielding a roster with 20 underclassmen, and the early loss of their would-be starting goalie, Filip Larsson for the first twelve games of the season. About the only thing that didn’t change was the steady hand of Director of Athletics Ron Grahame. Continue reading David Carle and Co. proving tempered preseason expectations foolish

Denver Rides Second Half Explosion to 80-65 Win Over Bison

Photo: Courtesy of Georgia Peachy

It looked like the same struggling Pioneer squad (6-14, 1-5) the first 20 minutes Wednesday night, trailing 36-30 at halftime at Magness Arena. But, this time, Denver took over a half of basketball – giving the fans a glimpse of what was expected at the beginning of the season. DU outscoring North Dakota State University 50 to 29 the final 20 minutes of the contest to coast to their first win of 2019.  Continue reading Denver Rides Second Half Explosion to 80-65 Win Over Bison

The Battle for the Gold Pan is renewed this weekend

Heading into the season, Colorado College looked to be a team on the rise and many DU fans thought a successful season for the Pios would be the retention of the Gold Pan and not much else. Colorado College (8-12-2) has had a disappointing season while #3 Denver (14-4-2) is off to a fantastic start. But all bets are off when it comes to the Battle for the Gold Pan in this heated front range rivalry.

By nearly any measure, the retention of the Gold Pan is a key metric when defining a successful season for the Pioneers. This season is no different. And, CC will see this as a way to recapture a once hopeful season, engage a disheartened fan base and take the heat off head coach Mike Haviland. Continue reading The Battle for the Gold Pan is renewed this weekend

Old North End neighbors fight CC’s new arena plans

A pitched battle is heating up in the Springs. What appeared to be a project to build a small hockey practice facility on the CC campus has morphed into a full-blown on-campus arena. The upscale Old North End Neighborhood is not happy about the sleight of hand by Colorado College leadership.

The announcement of the new Robson Arena was made before consulting with neighbors. Continue reading Old North End neighbors fight CC’s new arena plans

For Denver Men’s Hoops, it starts and ends with defense

It is clear by now that the DU coaching staff and players know what the problems is – it is defense. And the stats are there for all to see. Over the past 10 games, Denver (5-13, 0-4 Summit League) has allowed 50.2% shooting from the field, 47.2% from 3-point range and 91 points per game. Denver is 294th/350 in the nation in points allowed and to make matters worse, they are 344th in turnovers.

The coaching staff has tried every floor combination possible with the same result. And, before we point fingers at the coaching staff, we all saw this roster before the season started and believed that they had the potential to be outstanding.

The issue: These Denver players are not comfortable playing fast – they are rushing on offense but, more importantly, this harried approach is bleeding over to their defense. 

Continue reading For Denver Men’s Hoops, it starts and ends with defense

Denver Wins OT Thriller Against the Badgers, 4-3

Photo: Courtesy of Denver Hockey Twitter

Despite out playing Wisconsin, Denver (12-4-2, 4-4-0) never had the lead until Freshman Slava Demin scored the game winning goal in overtime for a 4-3 win.

Five minutes into the first period, Denver gave up two quick goals in 31 seconds to trail 2-0 at the Kohl Center. But DU crawled back three minutes later with a goal by Tyler Ward at 8:10. The Badgers out-shot the Pioneers 12-7 in the period. Continue reading Denver Wins OT Thriller Against the Badgers, 4-3

North Dakota Schools DU at Magness Arena, 80-59

Photo: Courtesy of Georgia Peachy. 

Head Coach Rodney Billups said, “It was a piss poor effort.” He was right.

The day started with a Tory Stewart Miller migraine that kept him on the bench. But, the real mental anguish was experienced by the witnesses to this afternoon contest. A couple of stats say it all. Steals 11-0. Turnovers 18-8. Three-point field goals 15 to 7. 41% shooting to 48% for the visitors. Denver, now 5-13, was beaten in every way possible Saturday afternoon from start to finish.

Denver never led in this one. Continue reading North Dakota Schools DU at Magness Arena, 80-59

Three Goal Barrage Propels Denver to 6-3 Victory over Badgers

Denver (11-4-2, 4-4-0) played another solid road game in Madison Friday night. The Kohl Center has turned into Denver’s home-away-from-home with a 16-4-4 all-time record. The Pioneers used a three goal third period outburst to break a 2-2 tie.

Continue reading Three Goal Barrage Propels Denver to 6-3 Victory over Badgers

Denver Falls to Coyotes in Final Minute, 71-70

Photo: Courtesy of Jason Evans

Denver (5-12, 0-3) fell to a depleted South Dakota squad at Magness Arena Wednesday night. DU led nearly every statistical category such as shooting percentage, free throws and rebounding. Unfortunately, it was hot 3-point shooting that propelled the visitors past Denver as the Coyotes sunk 12 for 23 attempts from downtown (52%). The Pioneers canned 3 of 10 shots from the arc but could not keep pace with the torrid outside shooting by the visitors. However, unlike many games this season, Denver’s defense kept the Pios in the game by pressuring the Coyotes and running a more deliberate offense that shot a solid 50% for the game. Continue reading Denver Falls to Coyotes in Final Minute, 71-70

University Park restaurant site with nine lives gets another

You may remember the location at the Northwest corner of Downing and Evans as Silver Spruce, Fagans, Smugs, Red’s Express, Boone’s Tavern, The Rosedale, or Atticus. Long before that, the location was a doughnut shop and a bookstore. Now, because apparently eighth time’s a charm, it is Devour The 303. Continue reading University Park restaurant site with nine lives gets another