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And now, some good news: spring athletes to be granted extra year of eligibility, per reports

The last two days have felt like a decade. Every five minutes, the news cycle delivered a new body blow and the bad news flowed flowing like the dang Colorado River. On Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA delivered the news that fans would not be permitted to attend any winter sports championships including March Madness and the NCAA Hockey Tournament. This news, of course, was followed up by the NBA suspending its season Wednesday night after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus, better known to some as COVID-19. And that was just Wednesday. Continue reading And now, some good news: spring athletes to be granted extra year of eligibility, per reports

NCHC cancels Tournament, NCAAs still on without fans – for now

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and includes information from yesterday’s news and be sure to keep returning to this post as it will continue to be updated with more information as it becomes available.

The same day the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the Coronavirus (COVID-19) a ‘pandemic’, the NCAA sprung into action Wednesday afternoon.  The NCAA basketball and hockey tournaments will be played without fans. And, this announcement further impacts other NCAA sports which Denver plays in the spring. Denver is scheduled to host Omaha in NCHC first-round hockey action this upcoming weekend, Denver hockey is hosting the Loveland NCAA Hockey Regionals March 27th and 28th and Denver Gymnastics is hosting NCAA Regionals April 2-4th at Magness Arena. Continue reading NCHC cancels Tournament, NCAAs still on without fans – for now

Pioneers ride dominant second period to 3-0-1 record vs. Tigers, NCHC third seed on Senior Night

DENVER – There may not have been much to play for in the fourth and final game between the #6 Denver Pioneers (21-9-6, 11-8-5-4) and the Colorado College Tigers (11-20-3, 4-17-3-1), but apparently that message never reached DU’s -locker room. With the Gold Pan clinched thanks to a 2-2 tie in Colorado Springs last night, all that was left for Denver to play for in the final game of the regular season was seeding for the NCHC Tournament. That motivation was plenty enough for Denver to score three times in the second period and twice in the third to coast to a 5-1 victory over the Tigers at Magness Arena on Saturday night. The win clinched an unbeaten 3-0-1 record against their archrivals to the south and vaulted them over Western Michigan – the Broncos beat Miami handily again earlier in the evening – into third place. With the #3 seed, Denver will host #6 Omaha next weekend. Continue reading Pioneers ride dominant second period to 3-0-1 record vs. Tigers, NCHC third seed on Senior Night

Denver restores order to win back Gold Pan in weird road tie, shootout win

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Order has been restored along the I-25 corridor. A year after the Colorado College Tigers upset the Denver Pioneers, going 2-1-1 in the teams’ regular-season series, the Pioneers have won it back. The #6 Pioneers (20-9-6, 10-6-5-4) won the first two games of the series against the Tigers (11-19-3, 4-16-3-1) in December and only needed a single point in the second half of the series this weekend and earned that point with a 2-2 tie. Thanks to Brett Stapley’s silky mitts in the first round of the shootout, Denver earned the extra point to stay a point ahead of Western Michigan, who beat Miami earlier in the evening. Continue reading Denver restores order to win back Gold Pan in weird road tie, shootout win

Pioneers earn road split against St. Cloud State to take home ice inside track

When you’re out of the race for the Penrose Cup with three weeks left in the regular season, the focus shifts to securing home-ice advantage for the best-of-three first-round matchup in the NCHC Tournament. With the exception of the first year of the NCHC – Jim Montgomery’s first year behind Denver’s bench – the Pioneers have never opened the postseason on the road. That, as much as anything, has been a big reason why the Pioneers are the only program that has attended all six NCHC Frozen Faceoffs. And with just two games remaining on the schedule for the #6 Pioneers, the jockeying for home ice is in full swing. Continue reading Pioneers earn road split against St. Cloud State to take home ice inside track

Denver’s fourth-quarter rally falls short against UNC as they fall 15-13

DENVER – It’s becoming a bit of a pattern now for the #11 Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse team (3-2). Go down big early, force the defense and goaltenders to up their games, come back late but fall just short against the country’s best teams. It happened against Duke two weeks ago after Denver fell behind 7-2 after the first quarter and it happened again today against #4 North Carolina (5-0) as the Tar Heels raced out to a 9-3 halftime lead. The Pioneers would outscore UNC 10-6 in the second half and 8-2 in the fourth quarter alone but it wasn’t enough as the Pios still fell 15-13, the same score by which they fell to Duke. Continue reading Denver’s fourth-quarter rally falls short against UNC as they fall 15-13

Pioneers turn tables on Huskies, earn road split and extend Tenzer Streak

If the #6 Denver Pioneers wanted to pull off the exact opposite of their performance on Friday night, they did just that on Saturday night in their 5-2 road victory over the St. Cloud State Huskies. With the performance, Denver earned its 20th win of the season to extend the Tenzer Streak to 19 straight seasons with at least 20 wins, a streak that streak dates back to the 2001-2002 Pioneers. Continue reading Pioneers turn tables on Huskies, earn road split and extend Tenzer Streak

St. Cloud State slips by Denver, 5-1

Anything that could go wrong went wrong for the #6 Denver Pioneers against the St. Cloud State Huskies on Friday night in St. Cloud, Minnesota as they fell 6-1. It was a fairly even game through the first period and into the early part of the second…until it wasn’t. The Huskies scored often and the Pioneers simply didn’t have an answer for the onslaught. Continue reading St. Cloud State slips by Denver, 5-1

Ward hat trick, Guttman’s 4 points power Pioneers past RedHawks to end losing streak

DENVER – All hat tricks are memorable. At the collegiate level, in the NCHC, netting three goals in a game against any opposition is an impressive feat by itself. Tyler Ward’s first career hat trick, though, transcended the ‘mundane’ nature of other hat tricks as he netted all three of his goals within the first 19 minutes of the #7 Denver Pioneers’ (18-8-5, 8-7-4-3, 31 pts) 7-3 victory over the unranked, 7th-place Miami University RedHawks (6-18-5, 3-13-3-2, 14 pts) at Magness Arena. Ward’s first-period effort and Cole Guttman’s subsequent four-point night gave Denver the jump they needed race past the RedHawks to increase its lead over fifth-place St. Cloud State to four points and keep pace with third-place Western Michigan in the NCHC standings. Continue reading Ward hat trick, Guttman’s 4 points power Pioneers past RedHawks to end losing streak