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Denver Hockey Releases 2022-2023 Schedule

The Denver Pioneers Hockey program announced today its full schedule for the 2022-2023 season. In addition to hosting the annual Ice Breaker Tournament in October, the non-conference headline-grabbing matchup is the very next weekend’s trip back to Massachusetts to take on UMass-Amherst. This matchup of the last two national champions will be the Pioneers’ first trip back to the Bay State since winning the national title in Boston in April.

The full schedule is below: Continue reading Denver Hockey Releases 2022-2023 Schedule

Pioneers Clinch 2-Seed in BIG EAST Tournament with Dominant Victory Over Marquette

The #19 Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse team (9-5, 4-1 BIG EAST) won’t win the regular-season conference title like many Pioneer fans have become accustomed to over the past decade but thanks to a dominant stretch of lacrosse that saw Denver finish the season on a three-game winning streak, they finished 2nd in the conference behind Georgetown, the only conference team that beat the Pios. In front of the second-largest crowd in Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium history (2,969), the Pioneers clinched the 2-seed with a dominating victory over the Marquette Golden Eagles (4-10, 2-3) to close out the regular season and enter the postseason on a high note. Continue reading Pioneers Clinch 2-Seed in BIG EAST Tournament with Dominant Victory Over Marquette

Nine Feels Fine: Pioneers Erupt for Five Third-Period Goals to Erase Deficit and Win Ninth National Title

BOSTON, Mass. – The Pioneers were dead in the water. Their grip on finally getting over the hump and staking their claim to the most national titles in NCAA history was slipping away. The Minnesota State Mavericks, one of the two teams anointed presumptive national champions back in October, were skating circles around the Pioneers all across the ice and making them look, well, like Denver’s own opponents looked all year long – slow, sluggish, and sloppy. The Mavericks skated to a 1-0 lead thanks to DU goaltender Magnus Chrona’s heroics through 40 minutes of play at TD Garden in the National Championship game and entering the third period, the Pioneers were going to have to try again next year. Continue reading Nine Feels Fine: Pioneers Erupt for Five Third-Period Goals to Erase Deficit and Win Ninth National Title

Carter Savoie Calls Game in Overtime to Send Pioneers Past Wolverines in Frozen Four Thriller

BOSTON, Mass. – Carter Savoie has 23 goals this season. Not a single one of them, though, was bigger or more important than the one he scored nearly 15 minutes into overtime at the 2022 Frozen Four at the TD Garden to lift the Pioneers to a 3-2 victory over the top overall seed Michigan and a berth in the program’s 12th national title game. Continue reading Carter Savoie Calls Game in Overtime to Send Pioneers Past Wolverines in Frozen Four Thriller

Pioneers Feeling Right at Home in Boston Ahead of Frozen Four

BOSTON, Mass. – The Denver Pioneers traveled more than 1,700 miles yesterday from DIA to Boston but they’re feeling right at home. Maybe it’s the Pioneers’ history of playing in all but one Frozen Four played in Massachusetts or maybe it’s the leadership group’s perspective of keeping everything in perspective and level-headed entering tomorrow’s national semifinal matchup with top overall seed Michigan. Whatever it is, the Pioneers know what is at stake this weekend, even if they’re trying to have some fun with it. Continue reading Pioneers Feeling Right at Home in Boston Ahead of Frozen Four

Frozen Four Field Set: Denver to Face Michigan in First National Semifinal

The Frozen Four field is now set. Quinnipiac gave Michigan all the Wolverines could handle in the third period of the weekend’s final game, the Allentown Regional Final, but two Michigan empty-net goals after QU nearly erased a 4-0 deficit prevented the Bobcats from completing the comeback. After Minnesota clinched the third trip to Boston with their victory over Western Michigan this afternoon, Michigan earned the final spot with their 7-4 win this evening. Continue reading Frozen Four Field Set: Denver to Face Michigan in First National Semifinal

Pioneers Get Revenge to Beat Bulldogs and Return to First Frozen Four Since 2019

LOVELAND, Colo. — Book those flights to Boston, Denver Hockey fans. The Pioneers are heading back to the Frozen Four for the first time since 2019.

As soon as Minnesota Duluth won the Frozen Faceoff in St. Paul last weekend, it felt like the Pioneers and Bulldogs were on a collision course to meet again in the NCAA Tournament. Whether it was going to be in the Regional Final or Frozen Four, the star-crossed rivals’ paths were always going to cross again. Fortunately for the sellout crowd at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, it took place in the Regional Final and they put on quite the show. Continue reading Pioneers Get Revenge to Beat Bulldogs and Return to First Frozen Four Since 2019

Pioneers Survive UMass-Lowell, Advance to Regional Final for Minnesota Duluth Rematch

Loveland, CO – They call it March Madness for a reason. They say survive and advance. Yes, those things may conjure images of college basketball but on this day, the first day of the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament which already saw a buzzer-beating goal called back after a 13-minute review, and a near-three-goal comeback by a four-seed against the #2 overall seed, the nightcap in Loveland offered at least as much entertainment as the day’s first three games. And it was between two teams that had only seen each other twice in the last decade and never in the postseason, to boot. Fortunately for the 2,500-some crimson & gold clad fans in attendance at the Loveland Regional Semifinal at the Budweiser Events Center, top-seed Denver survived a physical-minded UMass-Lowell River Hawks team to come away with the 3-2 win and advance to the Regional Final on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading Pioneers Survive UMass-Lowell, Advance to Regional Final for Minnesota Duluth Rematch

Pioneers Embracing NCAA Tournament Pressure as They Prepare for UMass-Lowell

Loveland, CO – Oh, how sweet it is that the Denver Pioneers are back in the NCAA Tournament. Even just a one-year absence made the heart grow ever-fonder of this annual celebration of this sport we love so dearly. Last year, DU and its poor offense sputtered to a forgettable 10-13-1 record and were left on the outside looking in at the field of 16 teams. Now, with the Pairwise Rankings back to determine the NCAA Tournament at-large bids and seeding, the Pioneers are back near the top of the college hockey world and enter the NCAA Tournament as the #4 overall seed and the #1 seed at the Loveland Regional, which they are hosting. While much of the attention has been paid to a potential second-round matchup with NCHC rival Minnesota Duluth, their first-round and most important opponent is one with whom the Pioneers have little history, especially in the postseason – Hockey East’s UMass-Lowell (not Amherst). Continue reading Pioneers Embracing NCAA Tournament Pressure as They Prepare for UMass-Lowell