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Pioneers win defensive struggle over Towson on the road, continue to build postseason resume

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It’s never too early to start thinking about the postseason and NCAA Tournament in collegiate men’s lacrosse. The season is so short that every win and loss matters more than in almost any other sport. For the #13 Denver Pioneers, a team that has lacked a signature, resume-building win this season, a matchup with the #8 Towson Tigers in Maryland presented a golden opportunity. Denver seized that opportunity won a close, defensive game 7-6 and added a key victory to their resume. Continue reading Pioneers win defensive struggle over Towson on the road, continue to build postseason resume

Pioneers bitten by Bulldogs in Frozen Faceoff semis, will not defend 2018 title

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ST. PAUL, Minn – Hunter Shepard showed the NCHC why he was named the conference goaltender of the year as he and the #4 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs shut out the #5 Denver Pioneers 3-0 on Friday Night at the Xcel Energy Center in the Frozen Faceoff semifinal. For the Pioneers, it was a tough outcome after sweeping North Dakota to get to this point but in a tight game with a number of weird bounces, the game really could have gone either way, despite what the score indicated. It just so happened that the Bulldogs got the bounces and the Pioneers did not. Continue reading Pioneers bitten by Bulldogs in Frozen Faceoff semis, will not defend 2018 title

#5 Pioneers return to St. Paul determined to defend 2018 NCHC title

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In a year that has been defined by change – both behind the bench with new head coach David Carle and on the ice replacing three of the most dominant players in college hockey – the #5 Denver Pioneers find themselves in somewhat unexpected familiar territory in St. Paul. The Pios are back in St. Paul at the NCHC Frozen Faceoff with a chance to defend their conference tournament title from a year ago. Continue reading #5 Pioneers return to St. Paul determined to defend 2018 NCHC title

Crimson & Gold Show Episode 6: Recapping a NoDak sweep and previewing the Frozen Faceoff

Until this weekend, North Dakota and Denver were the only programs to have been at every Frozen Faceoff. Thanks to 2-0 and 4-2 wins over North Dakota in the best-of-three NCHC Quarterfinals, Denver is returning to St. Paul and North Dakota is not (what a great sentence). A week after the DU Hockey prognosis was decidedly bleak thanks to a sweep at the hands of CC, the mood has completely changed. Denver has a shot, albeit a long one, to go to St. Paul and defend their 2017-18 NCHC title. They will either play Minnesota Duluth or St. Cloud State depending on what happens in the CC-Western Michigan series that was postponed by a day thanks to that Bomb Cyclone. Continue reading Crimson & Gold Show Episode 6: Recapping a NoDak sweep and previewing the Frozen Faceoff

Denver earns NCHC best sixth-straight Frozen Faceoff trip by ending North Dakota’s season

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DENVER – It seemed that everyone believed deep down that the best-of-three NCHC Quarterfinal series between the archrivals #8 Denver Pioneers and #19 North Dakota Fighting Hawks would go three games and that there would be a series-deciding Game Three on Sunday night. Well, everyone except for those inside Denver’s locker room. On Saturday night, in front of 5,245 fans at Magness Arena, the Pioneers threw those three-game predictions out the window with a 4-2 victory over North Dakota to sweep the series, end the Fighting Hawks’ season, and earn a conference-best sixth-straight trip to the Frozen Faceoff. Continue reading Denver earns NCHC best sixth-straight Frozen Faceoff trip by ending North Dakota’s season

Filip Larsson shines as Pioneers earn shutout to take series lead over Hawks, extend #TenzerStreak

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DENVER – The #8 Denver Pioneers didn’t register a shot against archrival #19 North Dakota until the 16:15 mark of the first period but on Friday night, in Game One of the NCHC Tournament Quarterfinals at Magness Arena, that didn’t matter. First and third period goals from Tyson McLellan and Griffin Mendel, respectively; 17 shots on goal; and a stellar performance from goaltender Filip Larsson were all the Pioneers needed to keep the Fighting Hawks at bay and take an important 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series with a 2-0 shutout victory. Continue reading Filip Larsson shines as Pioneers earn shutout to take series lead over Hawks, extend #TenzerStreak

Crimson & Gold Show Episode 5: Processing a lost Gold Pan and previewing the playoffs

After a long hiatus thanks to some scheduling oddities and poorly-timed vacations (lookin’ at you, Nick), the Crimson & Gold Show is back just ahead of the postseason! Denver was swept by CC over the weekend and for the first time in five years, the Tigers have claimed the trophy. It was a rough weekend for the Pios but in the end, the regular season is now over and the “season that matters” is about to start. The Pioneers will welcome archrival North Dakota to Magness Arena next weekend for the first round of the NCHC Tournament.

Click below to listen to a recap of the weekend with CC and a look ahead to UND next weekend: Continue reading Crimson & Gold Show Episode 5: Processing a lost Gold Pan and previewing the playoffs

Pioneers lay second straight egg against Tigers, lose Gold Pan for first time in five years

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Wash. Rinse. Repeat. If you had watched Friday night’s game between the #6 Denver Pioneers and Colorado College Tigers, congratulations. You effectively watched Saturday night’s at the World Arena as well. The only things that changed a night after Denver’s dud of a performance against CC at Magness Arena were the uniforms. Once again, Denver failed to generate any offense and this time went down 1-0. Continue reading Pioneers lay second straight egg against Tigers, lose Gold Pan for first time in five years

Alex Leclerc, Tigers spoil Pioneers’ Senior Night, delay Gold Pan clinching by a night

DENVER – For just the second time since 2014, the #6 Denver Pioneers find themselves on the wrong end of a regular season game against archrival Colorado College. In Denver’s Senior Night, the final home regular season game of the 2018-19 season at Magness Arena, two first period goals from Mason Bergh and Trey Bradley and yet another stellar performance between the pipes by CC goalie Alex Leclerc were enough to sink the Pioneers and delay any clinching of the Gold Pan by one night with a 2-1 road victory. Continue reading Alex Leclerc, Tigers spoil Pioneers’ Senior Night, delay Gold Pan clinching by a night

Pioneers shut out Tigers to win NCHC game-in-hand and earn Gold Pan inside track

In an odd Tuesday night game in the middle of a stretch of five games in nine days, the #6 Denver Pioneers played one of their most complete games of the season in a 1-0 shutout of archrival Colorado College at the World Arena. The Pioneers and Tigers, of course, had to play on Tuesday night to make up for the matchup on January 18th that was postponed after a blizzard and traffic kept the Pioneers from being able to make it to Colorado Springs. Denver made the best of a tough situation and pulled within a point of Western Michigan in third place and six points clear of North Dakota in fifth. Continue reading Pioneers shut out Tigers to win NCHC game-in-hand and earn Gold Pan inside track