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Denver Slays AIC, 3-0, for Frozen Four Berth

Photo: Courtesy of Denver Hockey Twitter

It was David vs. Goliath – and Goliath won in the battle for the Frozen Four berth, and the Denver Pioneers are shuffling’ off to Buffalo for a shot at NCAA title #9.

Carle kept to the Denver ‘prosess’ and rolled out the same line-up as Friday night.

Sixteenth seeded American International College (AIC), a D-II school in most sports (but D-I in hockey), shocked the college hockey world Friday night with a win against #1 NCHC power St Cloud State University, 2-1. But Saturday night Denver took a late second period lead, 1-0, and added two third period goals to win the NCAA West Regional in Fargo, North Dakota.

Photo: Courtesy of Kelsey Lee, DU Athletics

It was the irresistible force of the Yellow Jackets 3.23 goals per game against Denver’s immovable defense, allowing only 2.03 goals per game. And, tonight, American International met its match. AIC finishes the season 23-17-1 and the Pioneers will be taking a record of 24-11-5 to Buffalo, New York. Continue reading Denver Slays AIC, 3-0, for Frozen Four Berth

Stodgy Denver Squad Prevails 2-0 Over Buckeyes

Photo: Courtesy of Denver Twitter

It was classic playoff hockey and Ohio State blinked first when Les Lancaster scored the the first goal of the game with only 39 seconds left in the 2nd Period. An empty net tally by Colin Staub with 58 seconds left in the game sealed the deal as DU moves into the round of eight.

Photo: Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

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DU Women’s Hoops Defeat New Mexico 83-75, Earn first NCAA D1 Postseason Win

Photo: Denver WHoops Twitter

They’ve made it there three times before – the postseason that is. But this year, an unlikely Pioneer squad went on the road in the NIT to Albuquerque and defeated an excellent New Mexico Squad, 83-75, for their first tournament win.

Denver women’s basketball was a mess when Jim Turgeon took the reins of the floundering program two years ago. He brought in coaches Kayla Ard, Terry Moyers and Tommy Johnson and they turned around the program’s fortunes in only two seasons, going from 6-24 to 18-13 this season, and hanging in nearly every game. Continue reading DU Women’s Hoops Defeat New Mexico 83-75, Earn first NCAA D1 Postseason Win

North Dakota fans get a jump-start on spring cleaning

Photo: Students try to scrub away the memory of the 2018-2019 season

GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA – With an uncharacteristic early exit this season at the hands of the Denver Pioneers, North Dakota hockey fans got a jump-start on spring cleaning.

Gretta Speaks near downtown Grand Forks used the day to organize her living room. Speaks refused to be pictured because she was not wearing her make-up.

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Houston industrialist shares past, looks to bright future

Damien Goddard (left) got an early start Saturday before a busy day of tennis and hockey.

Buffeted by headwinds from the bomb-cyclone, Houston entrepreneur (and LetsGoDU founder) Damien Goddard jetted to Colorado Friday night and toured the University of Denver campus today to see new facilities and evaluate progress.

“No job is too small – especially when you are reaching for the stars.” said the corporate titan

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Pioneers remain stuck in ‘Never Made the Tournament Club’

Photo: Courtesy of USA Today

Every year we write the story and hope we never have to write it again.

The Gardner-Webb Running Bulldogs, members of the Big South,  already did it.

Closer to home in the Summit League the Omaha Mavericks almost did it – but fell short Tuesday night 73-63 to North Dakota State.

Gardner Webb will be dancing while Omaha stays in the Never Made the Tournament Club, along with the University of Denver. But this year hurts even more for Pioneer fans because preseason expectations were so high and the title was up for grabs in the Summit League this season. Continue reading Pioneers remain stuck in ‘Never Made the Tournament Club’

Fan Profile: North Dakota Pageant Winner Defies Convention and Odds

Photo: Defiant North Dakota Miss America, Cara Mund, claims she can get back into ‘pageant shape’ whenever she wants

She’s a big college hockey fan and rooting for North Dakota in next weekends playoffs (even though she went to NDSU) – but most people know her as a former Miss America.

In 2017, Mund won the Miss America PageantĀ  in Atlantic City, New Jersey. No contestant from the state of North Dakota had ever won the title and worn the prized tiara.

North Dakota Miss America
Cara Mund at better times

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University Park loses Fermaentra, its only microbrewery

In a surprising turn of events, the owners of Fermaentra (1715 East Evans Avenue) have closed their doors. According to the Washington Park Profile, the “owners cited overhead and rising costs as the reason for the closure”.

The site shows ‘For Lease”. Furniture and brewing equipment remain.

The brewery closing is a surprise considering that the location was usually bustling during business hours – but the location did not open up until the afternoon – one of the operation’s shortfalls. The microbrewery operated with food trucks (a Denver ordinance for food service at microbreweries), featured local art on its walls and offered board games for patrons. Fermaentra was particularly busy after hockey and lacrosse games as well as other on-campus events. Continue reading University Park loses Fermaentra, its only microbrewery