All posts by Nick Tremaroli

Pioneers Dominate Tigers In 4-0 Shutout to Clinch Second-Straight Gold Pan

It’s been a season that has felt lost, uneven, and at times unnecessary. But even in a season such as this one, amidst national turmoil, a global pandemic, and an unrelenting economic crisis, at least one thing has remained constant: the Denver Pioneers are better than the Colorado College Tigers and have won another Gold Pan. By virtue of tonight’s 4-0 victory at Magness Arena, the Pioneers improved their all-time record against the Tigers to 186-121-21 and won their 15th pan since its inception 28 years ago. Continue reading Pioneers Dominate Tigers In 4-0 Shutout to Clinch Second-Straight Gold Pan

Pioneers Use 17-Goal First Half to Cruise to Second-Straight BIG EAST Victory

Two nights ago, it was Denver Hockey that used a 5-goal explosion in the second period to beat archrival Colorado College. Two days later, in the first of Denver Athletics’ massively busy Gameday Saturday, it was Denver Men’s Lacrosse (4-2, 2-0 BIG EAST) that used a 17-goal first-half explosion to beat BIG EAST opponent Providence (1-2, 1-1 BIG EAST) by a final score of 23-10. The first half alone cemented this game as Denver’s biggest, most productive game offensively so far this year thanks, in part, to Jackson Morrill (4g, 3a) and Alex Simmons (3g, 4a) each accounting for 7 points. Continue reading Pioneers Use 17-Goal First Half to Cruise to Second-Straight BIG EAST Victory

Pioneers Explode for Five Goals in Second Period, Pull Within One Win of Clinching Gold Pan

When a team scores five goals in a period, usually good things are happening. For the Denver Pioneers (8-12-1, 28 pts), after a bye last weekend, an explosive five-goal second period from five different players, was exactly what the doctor ordered as they coasted to a 5-1 victory over the Colorado College Tigers (4-15-2, 21 pts). It was the penultimate college hockey game at the Broadmoor World Arena as Colorado College will christen Robson Arena, its new home on campus, next season. Continue reading Pioneers Explode for Five Goals in Second Period, Pull Within One Win of Clinching Gold Pan

Lackluster Pioneers Shut Out by #2 Fighting Hawks in Grand Forks

In a tough season filled with bad nights of hockey, the Denver Pioneers (7-11-1, 25 pts) delivered another dud against the #2 North Dakota Fighting Hawks (14-4-1, 41 pts), falling 3-0 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota. It was a game that featured 17 penalties, 11 power plays, and a game that altogether did not spell success for the Pioneers. It was, fittingly, a DU penalty followed by a North Dakota power-play goal that served as the turning point of the game. Continue reading Lackluster Pioneers Shut Out by #2 Fighting Hawks in Grand Forks

Pioneers Topple Mavericks to Take Game One, Close Standings Gap

The Denver Pioneers (7-9-1, 24 pts) have a long road ahead of them if they’re going to defy the odds and earn home-ice advantage in the first round of the NCHC Tournament by finishing in the top four of the conference. The only way Denver will be able to do that is if they start to win games and continue to win games. Cole Guttman tallied three points on a goal and two assists leading the Pioneers to a strong 3-1 victory over the #9 Omaha Mavericks (10-6-1, 30 pts) and helped the Pioneers take a step in the right direction and pull a bit closer to fourth place. Continue reading Pioneers Topple Mavericks to Take Game One, Close Standings Gap

#7 Denver’s Offense Goes Cold in Second Half as Pioneers Fall to #1 Duke

A week ago, a one-goal first half against Utah nearly spelled disaster for the #7 Denver Pioneers (1-1) in a 9-8 thriller victory. Today, though, against the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils (1-0), in the first of DU’s two games in North Carolina, it was a two-goal second half – the product of a stout Duke defense and a lack of urgency from the crimson and gold attackers – that contributed to a blown halftime lead and a 12-10 loss, their third straight against Duke, for the Pioneers at the hands of the best team in the country in Durham. Continue reading #7 Denver’s Offense Goes Cold in Second Half as Pioneers Fall to #1 Duke

Pioneers Ride Explosive Second Half, Ethan Walker Hat Trick to Season-Opening 9-8 Thriller Over Utah

The turning point may have been Ethan Walker’s third-quarter man-down goal that gave the #5 Denver Pioneers (1-0) their first lead of the day but it was the balance of halftime adjustments by head coach Bill Tierney and offensive coordinator Matt Brown that helped the Pioneers turn a 3-1 halftime deficit against the Utah Utes (0-1) into a 9-8 season-opening victory at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. It wasn’t exactly the kind of game that Tierney and the Pioneers expected to play, especially in the first half, to open the season but an eight-goal second half thanks to six different Pioneer scorers and a strong defensive performance propelled the Pioneers. Continue reading Pioneers Ride Explosive Second Half, Ethan Walker Hat Trick to Season-Opening 9-8 Thriller Over Utah

First Sweep Eludes Pioneers as Omaha Finally Breaks 19-game Winless Streak Against Denver

Inconsistency has been the single biggest theme of the season for the #19 Denver Pioneers (6-9-1, 21 pts). Through 16 games, the Pios have won consecutive games just once, against North Dakota and then against Miami in December at the Pod in Omaha. Since then, they have struggled to string together sustained stretches of good, dominant hockey. Denver is playing .500 hockey with three wins and three losses in six games in 2021, all coming in series splits against Colorado College, North Dakota, and now, thanks to a 5-2 loss in the second game of this weekend’s series, #11 Omaha (9-4-1, 27 pts). Tonight’s loss ended a six-year, 19-game stretch that saw Denver go 16-0-3 against Omaha. Continue reading First Sweep Eludes Pioneers as Omaha Finally Breaks 19-game Winless Streak Against Denver

Pioneers Extend Unbeaten Streak Against Mavericks to 19 with 4-1 Victory

Don’t look now but the #19 Denver Pioneers (6-8-1, 21 pts) have quietly won three of five games since their underwhelming performance at the NCHC Pod in Omaha. DU’s latest victory came against the upstart #11 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (8-4-1, 24 pts) who have ridden their hot start to the season to third place in the NCHC. The victorious 4-1 effort in their first return to Omaha since the Pod not only extended Denver’s unbeaten streak against Omaha to 19 straight games and puts the Pioneers back in position for home-ice advantage to begin the postseason. Another victory in game two of the series tomorrow night will vault them back into the top half of the conference in fourth place. Continue reading Pioneers Extend Unbeaten Streak Against Mavericks to 19 with 4-1 Victory

Denver Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2021 Schedule, features BIG EAST ‘Round Robin’

#7 Denver Men’s Lacrosse opens its season in nine days against Utah. Yes, you read that right. Denver Men’s Lacrosse opens its season in nine days. Where has the time gone? Well, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, for starters, and time is really nothing more than a social construct but I digress. What really matters here is Denver Men’s Lacrosse officially unveiled its full schedule today that features four non-conference games, two at home and two on the road, and a 10-game ’round-robin” style BIG EAST schedule.

DU’s full schedule is below: Continue reading Denver Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2021 Schedule, features BIG EAST ‘Round Robin’