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Weekend Recap: Denver Hockey comes home from Omaha with four of six points

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As doubtful as it looked with 14 seconds left in regulation on Saturday night, the #4 Denver Pioneers’ (15-4-5, 5-3-4-3) unbeaten streak against the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (9-10-4, 3-6-3-0) is still alive thanks to two ties at Baxter Arena this weekend. If it wasn’t for Bobby Brink’s goal with 13 seconds left in Game Two, the streak would have ended at 17. Instead, Brink scored on one hell of a wrist shot from the left circle to send the second game of the weekend to overtime and preserve the streak. Brink’s goal also gave the Pioneers a chance to salvage another two NCHC points on the weekend. in the end, thanks to both ties and subsequent NCHC overtime/shootout victories, Denver came back home with four of the six points at stake in Omaha. Continue reading Weekend Recap: Denver Hockey comes home from Omaha with four of six points

Last-minute Bobby Brink goal gives Pioneers tie against Omaha as unbeaten streak reaches 18

The streak is going to end eventually. The Denver Pioneers aren’t going to just never lose to Omaha for the rest of time. That’s not how hockey works. That’s not how sports work. But, for now, the streak is still alive thanks to  Bobby Brink’s game-tying goal with 13.8 seconds left in regulations. Neither the #4 Pioneers (15-4-5, 5-3-4-3) nor Mavericks (9-10-4, 3-6-3-0) scored in regulation overtime (what a great oxymoron) and the game ended in a 2-2 tie at Baxter Arena in Omaha. Michael Davies did score in three-on-three overtime to give the Pioneers the second point and ensure that the Pioneers came home with four of the six possible points. With the official tie, Denver now has not lost to Omaha since January 2014. Continue reading Last-minute Bobby Brink goal gives Pioneers tie against Omaha as unbeaten streak reaches 18

Denver extends unbeaten streak over Omaha to 17 with 1-1 tie, shootout win

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Goaltender Isaiah Saville played strongly for the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks and held the #4 Denver Pioneers to a lone first-period goal from Tyler Ward through 65 minutes of regulation NCAA hockey at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. Meanwhile, the Mavericks were able to stay in the game and eventually capitalize with a third-period shorthanded goal to force overtime at 1-1. Brett Edwards then gave the Pioneers the extra point in the NCHC standings with a goal in the fifth round of the shootout. Continue reading Denver extends unbeaten streak over Omaha to 17 with 1-1 tie, shootout win

Pioneers hold off Huskies to break out brooms and extend winning streak to 6

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DENVER – Winning in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference is never easy. Sweeping series in the NCHC is downright difficult. That’s just the nature of this conference. Even if it’s first-place vs. eighth-place, or, in tonight’s case with the third-place #5 Denver Pioneers (15-4-3, 5-3-2-1) taking on the eighth-place St. Cloud State Huskies (6-10-4, 3-7-0-0), even a 4-0 lead with five minutes left in the second period wasn’t totally safe. However, thanks to some puck luck and clutch late goaltending by Magnus Chrona, the Pioneers were able to hold off the Huskies to win 5-3 at Magness Arena to finish off the weekend sweep and pull to within five points of second-place Minnesota Duluth in the NCHC standings. Continue reading Pioneers hold off Huskies to break out brooms and extend winning streak to 6

Through 20 years as Voice of the Pioneers, Jay Stickney continues to relish role with program

University of Denver hockey is celebrating its 70th season this year. At the same time, though, there’s another, arguably more important milestone that the program is celebrating: voice of the Pioneers Jay Stickney’s 20th year with the program. Through a number of color commentators, three head coaches, and countless student-athletes, one thing has remained constant for the program over the past two decades: Jay Stickney’s voice on Denver’s fall and winter weekend radio airwaves. Continue reading Through 20 years as Voice of the Pioneers, Jay Stickney continues to relish role with program

Pioneers overcome UMass-Amherst & officials to sweep Minutemen

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DENVER – Any hockey fan worth their salt understands that outcomes are never blamed on the officials. Sure, officials can play a significant role in a game’s flow and predictability, but in the end, it’s the two teams on the ice that determine who wins and loses. Tonight, in the #7 Denver Pioneers’ final nonconference game of the season against #9 UMass-Amherst Minutemen, was a perfect example of just that as the Pioneers had to beat the opposition and overcome some…inconsistent officiating to earn an emotional 4-3 victory and sweep the Minutemen at Magness Arena to end the season’s nonconference slate. Continue reading Pioneers overcome UMass-Amherst & officials to sweep Minutemen

Pioneers withstand UMass-Amherst push & Filip Lindberg heroics to exact Frozen Four revenge

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DENVER – Filip Lindberg is a good goaltender. Denver Pioneers fans found that out just eight months ago on the ice in Buffalo at the Frozen Four where he backstopped the UMass-Amherst Minutemen to an overtime victory over the Pioneers. The #7 Pioneers were not-so-kindly reminded of that in their first matchup with the #9 Minutemen since that late April night in upstate New York. Only this time, at Magness Arena, Cole Guttman found a way to solve him in regulation for a 4-2 Pioneers win. Continue reading Pioneers withstand UMass-Amherst push & Filip Lindberg heroics to exact Frozen Four revenge

Pioneers take down Tigers in dominating fashion to sweep weekend & take commanding Gold Pan edge

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – If you read last night’s recap, the one that summed up the #8 Denver Pioneers’ shutout of the archrival Colorado College Tigers, you could have copied and pasted that into this space right here. And I did indeed think about doing that. But last night’s game was a shutout for Denver and this one wasn’t. But CC’s goal was about the only difference between Friday and Saturday night as Denver traveled south to the World Arena to close out 2019 and the first half of the 2019-2020 Battle for the Gold Pan with a 3-1 win and clinch the sweep. The sweep puts Denver in full control of the Gold Pan series as just another win or tie in the second half of the series in March will guarantee the trophy’s return to Denver. Continue reading Pioneers take down Tigers in dominating fashion to sweep weekend & take commanding Gold Pan edge

Pioneers hold serve in first Gold Pan matchup as Devin Cooley shuts out rival CC Tigers

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DENVER – Mired in a 1-4-3 slump, the #8 Denver Pioneers were in need of a spark, anything at all that might give them some extra motivation. After an underwhelming two games in the desert against Arizona State that saw Denver lose to and tie the Sun Devils, the Pioneers – thanks to a stellar shutout performance by goaltender Devin Cooley – got back on track in the first game of the season against the unranked archrival Colorado College Tigers with a  3-0 victory at Magness Arena. The win gave Denver the early edge in earning back the coveted Gold Pan trophy, awarded annually to the winner of the DU-CC series. Continue reading Pioneers hold serve in first Gold Pan matchup as Devin Cooley shuts out rival CC Tigers

Late Cole Guttman goal saves Pioneers from desert sweep

A night after #20 Arizona State completed the upset for the Sun Devils’ first-ever victory over a top-5 team, it took a goal from Cole Guttman with 40 seconds left for the #4 Denver Pioneers to avoid a sweep and secure a 2-2 tie at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Since starting the season 8-0-0, the Pioneers have gone 1-4-3 against Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota, Western Michigan, and now Arizona State. Continue reading Late Cole Guttman goal saves Pioneers from desert sweep