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Denver Uses Hot Second Half to Dispatch Regis, 82-66

It was nice to finally get the winter athletics season started with a women’s hoops win against Air Force last week and Denver hockey about to start in the Omaha pod on December 2nd. Men’s hoops did their part with another step toward ‘normalcy’ in the era of COVID Saturday afternoon with a win against Regis University. Continue reading Denver Uses Hot Second Half to Dispatch Regis, 82-66

Monday Morning Pioneer News Dump

  • While DU may not be the Harvard of the west, Denver is quickly becoming the Yale of the Rockies. DU already added lacrosse transfers Jackson Morrill and Lucas Cotler from Yale and last week, DU Hockey head coach David Carle followed in Bill Tierney’s footsteps and added grad transfer goalie Corbin Kaczperski to the roster. Kaczperski will start classes at DU in the spring which makes him eligible to begin playing for the Pios in December when the NCHC Pod begins.
  • Staying with hockey, the Pioneers were picked to finish 2nd in the NCHC behind only North Dakota by media members from around the conference and country. The full preseason poll is just below:

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Denver County Moves to Level Red, DU to be Directly Affected

Denver County along with 15 other counties in Colorado are moving to level red, effective this Friday, November 20th. Level Red used to be the highest level on Colorado’s dial and would have triggered a stay-at-home order but state officials have pushed back the threshold that counties need to qualify for a lockdown by adding an even higher status — Level Purple (presumably an homage to the Rockies’ incompetence in the last couple of years). Continue reading Denver County Moves to Level Red, DU to be Directly Affected

Ivy League Cancels Winter Sports Due to Ongoing Pandemic and Virus Spread

College hockey and college athletics, in general, got more bad news yesterday when the Ivy League announced that it has decided to cancel all winter sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That means that Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell, Yale, Princeton, Brown, and Cornell are sidelined for the 2020-2021 season. That leaves the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) with just six teams – Clarkson, Colgate, Quinnipiac, RPI, St Lawrence University and Union College – for the 2020-2021 campaign. Continue reading Ivy League Cancels Winter Sports Due to Ongoing Pandemic and Virus Spread

LETSGODU Super-Poll™ Once Again Selects Pioneers as Overwhelming Favorite

With the NCHC’s schedule finally official as of this afternoon, it’s time to release the highly-touted, never-wrong LETSGODU Super-Poll™. Once again, coaching and talent on the ice are the key factors in determining the nation’s top-10 collegiate hockey teams. Unsurprisingly, the Pioneers find themselves in the top slot for the 16th season in a row. While others may bristle at our Goddard-Metrics model used by LetsGoDU, we see DU brushing opponents aside by winning the Frozen Four at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa. Continue reading LETSGODU Super-Poll™ Once Again Selects Pioneers as Overwhelming Favorite