All posts by Nick Tremaroli

Pioneers Survive Special Teams Woes to Complete Sweep of Sun Devils, 4-3

The #12 Denver Pioneers (2-0-0) have yet to give up an even-strength goal through two games. All six goals that they’ve given up in those games against the Arizona State Sun Devils (1-3-0) have come with the Pioneers’ penalty-killing unit on the ice. Fortunately for Denver, though, they’ve scored 12 goals – just two on their own power plays, though – in those two games and emerge from Homecoming Weekend at Magness Arena still unbeaten. Continue reading Pioneers Survive Special Teams Woes to Complete Sweep of Sun Devils, 4-3

2021-2022 University of Denver Hockey Season Preview

A bit over six months after the Denver Pioneers’ 2020-2021 season was ended by archrival North Dakota in an exhausting overtime loss in the NCHC Tournament semifinal – just two days after the shorthanded Pios dispatched the Omaha Mavericks in a first-round thriller – hope springs eternal at Magness Arena. The Pioneers failed to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly two decades, but it’s September once again, less than two weeks away from the puck dropping on the 2021-2022 season and the disappointment of the Covid-19 addled season is in the rearview mirror. Heck, just by virtue of the fact that the NCHC’s national championship streak ended, we may as well slap an asterisk on 2020-2021 and forget about it (ducks from the flying objects thrown from the Amherst metropolitan area). Continue reading 2021-2022 University of Denver Hockey Season Preview

Four Future Pioneers Selected in First Three Rounds of 2021 NHL Draft

The University of Denver hockey program has made history. For the first time ever, four future Pioneers were picked in the first three rounds of the same NHL Draft. No Pioneers were selected on Friday night despite two of them, Sean Behrens and Shai Buium, being projected to be taken late in the first round. Instead, Saturday morning was busy at the corner of University and Buchtel as they both were drafted along with Samu Salminen and Carter Mazur within the first 70 picks of the draft. Continue reading Four Future Pioneers Selected in First Three Rounds of 2021 NHL Draft

Pioneers Can’t Complete Comeback, Fall in First-Round Heartbreaker to Loyola

The 7th-seeded Denver Pioneers trailed 9-4 at halftime. They looked lost and thoroughly beaten after 30 minutes of lacrosse. The Loyola Greyhounds had full control of the game but as soon as the second half started, everything changed. TD Ierlan won all of his second-half faceoffs, the offense woke up, Jack Hannah led the offense with a hat trick, and the Pioneers were playing vintage Denver lacrosse. But it wasn’t enough. The Greyhounds’ seven-goal second quarter was too much for the Pioneers to overcome and despite their best efforts, they fell 14-13 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Continue reading Pioneers Can’t Complete Comeback, Fall in First-Round Heartbreaker to Loyola

Pioneers Fall to Hoyas in BIG EAST Championship as Georgetown Wins Third Straight Title

Denver and Georgetown have been the best that BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse has to offer for the past few years and in the 2021 conference championship game between the top-seeded Pioneers and the 2nd-seeded Hoyas once again showed the college lacrosse world why. Denver had seven different players score but it wasn’t enough in a mostly defensive battle that saw Georgetown win their third straight BIG EAST title, 10-9 at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. Continue reading Pioneers Fall to Hoyas in BIG EAST Championship as Georgetown Wins Third Straight Title

Pioneers Lead Wire to Wire, Dispatch Providence 14-5 to Advance to BIG EAST Championship

The top-seed Denver Pioneers opened the first BIG EAST semifinal of the day with a 7-0 run over the first 18 minutes of the game and never trailed as they dominated the fourth-seeded host Providence Friars 14-5. Jackson Morrill and Ethan Walker led the way for the Pios with 7 points each – Morrill scored three times while Walker scored four. With the victory, the Pioneers advance to another BIG EAST championship game and will face the winner of the second BIG EAST semifinal of the day between #2-seed Georgetown and #3-seed Villanova. Continue reading Pioneers Lead Wire to Wire, Dispatch Providence 14-5 to Advance to BIG EAST Championship

#5 Pioneers Score 10 in Third Quarter to Cruise to 17-10 Victory Over #20 Villanova

Ethan Walker, Denver’s all-time points leader and 2nd-leading scorer in 2021, didn’t dress but it made no difference for a #5 Denver Pioneers (9-2, 7-0 BIG EAST) offense that scored 17 goals, 10 in the third quarter alone, against the #20 Villanova Wildcats (4-3, 4-3 BIG EAST). Jackson Morrill led the way with a hat trick while his former Yale teammate Lucas Cotler scored twice to account for half of Denver’s third-quarter offense on another perfect Colorado Saturday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Denver added one more in the fourth to salt away the 17-10 victory and remain unbeaten in BIG EAST play. Continue reading #5 Pioneers Score 10 in Third Quarter to Cruise to 17-10 Victory Over #20 Villanova

Pioneers Remain Unbeaten in BIG EAST Behind Ethan Walker’s Record-Breaking Performance

There is a new name at the top of the Denver Men’s Lacrosse all-time points leaderboard. With a goal near the end of the first half against the Marquette Golden Eagles (1-6, 0-5 BIG EAST), Ethan Walker officially passed Wes Berg on DU’s all-time points list with his 256th of his storied career as a Pioneer. Thanks to that goal, two hat tricks from Jack Hannah and JJ Sillstrop, and an impressive 8-save, 61.5% performance by goaltender Jack Thompson, the Pioneers (8-2, 6-0 BIG EAST) beat the Golden Eagles 16-6 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on a picturesque early spring Saturday afternoon in Denver. Continue reading Pioneers Remain Unbeaten in BIG EAST Behind Ethan Walker’s Record-Breaking Performance

Denver Misses NCAA Tournament for First Time Since 2007

The long, excruciating wait is over. The Denver Pioneers’ season has officially ended. After going 10-13-1, the NCAA Tournament selection committee determined that the Pios’ resume simply was not strong enough to earn a bid to the 16-team field. This is disappointing, though not altogether surprising news for the Pioneers as they could not find much consistency over the course of a tough, Covid-affected season. The uncontrollable factors worked against the Pioneers and they didn’t do enough with what they could control and as a result, Denver’s 12-year streak of NCAA Tournament bids has come to an end. Continue reading Denver Misses NCAA Tournament for First Time Since 2007