All posts by Nick Tremaroli

Third-period Penalties Doom Pioneers in 2-1 Pod-Opening Loss to Bulldogs

The third period, normally a strength for David Carle and his Pioneers, proved to be the Crimson & Gold’s Achilles Heel in the #4 Denver Pioneers’ (0-1-0, 0 pts) 2-1 loss at the paws of the defending national champions #3 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (2-0-0, 6 pts) at the NCHC Pod in Omaha. Denver played a superb 40 minutes to start the game but UMD goaltender Ryan Fanti’s performance in limiting a dangerous Pioneers offensive attack to just one goal through two periods and a poor DU sequence in the final 10 minutes that saw the Bulldogs score two power-play goals just 48 seconds apart ruined Denver’s Omaha Pod welcoming party and served as the Pioneers first-ever loss at Baxter Arena. Continue reading Third-period Penalties Doom Pioneers in 2-1 Pod-Opening Loss to Bulldogs

2020-2021 University of Denver Hockey Season Preview

If it seems that this annual preseason preview piece is coming at an odd time, you’d be absolutely right. It’s December 1st and the NCHC is officially kicking off its season – Omaha and Minnesota Duluth hit the ice this afternoon at 2:35 pm MT – that no one was totally sure was even going to happen a month ago in the midst of a global pandemic. It’s been a weird, brutal, and altogether taxing year. Nearly nine months after the 2019-2020 season was abruptly canceled in one of the most surreal weeks of our lives, we’re sitting back down and thinking about what’s to come over the next four months of college hockey. But as rough as this year has been and may continue to be in certain ways, there is a bright spot: college hockey is finally back and the puck drops on Denver Hockey’s 71st season in a little more than 24 hours. Continue reading 2020-2021 University of Denver Hockey Season Preview

NCHC Announces December 1st Omaha Bubble Return, 4-Team Divisions for 2020-2021

Praise be! College hockey is coming! Mark your calendars for December 1, 2020, because folks, NCHC Hockey has officially set a start date for the 2020-2021 season. As discussed earlier this week, it was known that the NCHC would start the upcoming season in a bubble, or “pod” as the conference is calling it, either in Grand Forks, North Dakota or in Omaha, Nebraska. We now know, as of this morning, that the season-opening, three-week bubble will officially take place in Omaha and each team will play 10 games during the event for a total of 40 games. Continue reading NCHC Announces December 1st Omaha Bubble Return, 4-Team Divisions for 2020-2021

NCHC to Start 2020-2021 Season in Grand Forks or Omaha Bubble

In a decision that had been discussed for months, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) will officially be opening the 2020-2021 season in a ‘bubble,’ similar to the ones that the NHL employed for its postseason in Toronto and Edmonton, according to Brad Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald. Grand Forks, North Dakota and Omaha, Nebraska, homes of the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, respectively, have emerged as frontrunners to host the weeks-long event. The bubble/hub would take place between Thanksgiving and Christmas while campuses are already closed and school is out. Continue reading NCHC to Start 2020-2021 Season in Grand Forks or Omaha Bubble

Denver Goaltender Devin Cooley Signs with Nashville Predators

This morning, the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed now-former Denver goaltender Devin Cooley to a two-year, entry-level contract. The undrafted 23-year-old goaltender spent three seasons with the Pioneers and was poised to share starting netminder duties with rising sophomore teammate Magnus Chrona for a second straight year. Continue reading Denver Goaltender Devin Cooley Signs with Nashville Predators

Hockey Commissioners Association Postpones NCAA Season, NCHC Aims to Start Nov. 20

To the shock of absolutely nobody, the NCAA Hockey season is officially postponed due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement released by the Hockey Commissioners’ Association,  made up of the commissioners of every hockey conference, both men’s and women’s, each of the 11 conferences had been working closely together to come to a decision on how to move forward with the 2020-2021 season. As a result of the collaboration, each conference will make its own decisions on how to start competition this Fall or Winter, further indicating that there will likely be no non-conference play. Denver’s conference, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), announced in a follow-up statement, that it is currently planning to start play on or after November 20. Continue reading Hockey Commissioners Association Postpones NCAA Season, NCHC Aims to Start Nov. 20

Denver Hockey finalizes and announces 2020-2021 recruiting class

If there is a 2020-2021 NCAA Men’s Hockey season, the Denver Pioneers now know exactly who will be taking the ice at Magness Arena. This morning, the program announced that it has finalized its nine-player incoming class comprised of seven incoming freshmen and two graduate transfers. Among them, there are four forwards, four defensemen, and one goalie. Continue reading Denver Hockey finalizes and announces 2020-2021 recruiting class

Denver Hockey’s opening weekend road trip destination changes from Madison to Tempe

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on in the United States, sports at all levels are rushing to adapt. Schedule changes, season truncation, and attendance adjustments all appear to be in the offing. But today, a major scheduling change for DU Hockey – an opening weekend matchup with the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison is now a road trip to Tempe to play the Arizona State Sun Devils – has absolutely nothing to do with the spread of the virus. In fact, it has to do with another college sport whose immediate future is in question: football. Continue reading Denver Hockey’s opening weekend road trip destination changes from Madison to Tempe

Denver lands Jackson Morrill, coveted graduate transfer from Yale

After much of the country had called it a night yesterday, Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse reported that one of the most coveted graduate transfers in the portal – All-American Yale attackman Jackson Morrill – had made his decision on where to play for his final year of eligibility. Xanders reported that Morrill had defied the predictions and decided to come west to play at Denver. In Morrill, the Pioneers add not only the 2nd-best transfer in the portal – 2020 Tewaaraton frontrunner Michael Sowers was #1 and he chose Duke – but they gain the 2nd-ranked scorer in Yale history (220 points on 113 goals). Continue reading Denver lands Jackson Morrill, coveted graduate transfer from Yale

Ian Mitchell signs with Blackhawks to forego senior year but his legacy will remain

One of the unique things about college hockey, college sports in general, really, is the importance of Senior Night. This event, which highlights the accomplishments and contributions of every year’s graduating class, is held in sacred regard by programs and colleges alike. The NCAA, unlike its professional counterpart, provides student-athletes just four years of eligibility. At the University of Denver, seemingly in every sport, it’s constantly astonishing what every class is able to achieve in just four years. More than anything, it’s the student-athletes who compete on the ice, courts, and fields that have built these programs into the powerhouses and developing contenders that DU boasts. It’s during Senior Night that the program and fans have the opportunity to thank those student-athletes for their blood, sweat, tears, and other sacrifices that they’ve made for them. Continue reading Ian Mitchell signs with Blackhawks to forego senior year but his legacy will remain