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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

Freshmen steal show in Pioneers’ dominant season opening win over Air Force

Photo credit: Jason Evans

DENVER – From the opening faceoff to the final buzzer, the #8 Denver Pioneers’ highly-touted freshman class showed the lacrosse world why the Pios are going to be a force to be reckoned with in a dominant 11-4 victory over in-state rival Air Force. Freshmen Ellis Geis and FOGO Brett Boos were the stars of the Pioneers’ show this afternoon against the Falcons. Geis tallied a hat trick while Boos went 15/19 at the X in their respective collegiate debuts at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

For a team with two very large question marks looming over their heads in how will Denver replace the greatest faceoff specialist in the history of the sport and how will the Pioneers adjust to the new 80-second shot clock, this was about as great a start to the 2019 season as Denver could have asked for. It was by no means perfect as the Pios turned the ball over 15 times and struggled to clear in the second half but overall, Denver played the way they expected to and may have exceeded some expectations in some key areas. Continue reading Freshmen steal show in Pioneers’ dominant season opening win over Air Force

Pioneers clip Fighting Hawks’ wings to take physical game one, end short losing streak

Photo courtesy Shannon Valerio/Denver Athletics

Even in a down year for one of the programs, any time the #7 Denver Pioneers and North Dakota Fighting Hawks take the ice, sparks and oftentimes fists fly. Friday night’s affair at Magness Arena was no different as the Pioneers withstood a physical assault from the Hawks and rode a superb goaltending performance by freshman Filip Larsson to take game one of this important rivalry series 2-1. Continue reading Pioneers clip Fighting Hawks’ wings to take physical game one, end short losing streak

Crimson & Gold Show: Episode 4

The #3 Denver Pioneers had Friday’s game postponed due to weather before tying with archrival Colorado College and earning the extra point for the NCHC standings on Saturday thanks to freshman Brett Stapley’s shootout goal and Filip Larsson’s save. Denver is riding an 8-game unbeaten streak featuring 7 straight regulation NCAA wins before last night’s tie/win. The bottom line is Denver is playing good hockey with the stretch run looming. Continue reading Crimson & Gold Show: Episode 4

Denver rides third period rally to tie Colorado College & earn extra NCHC point

Photo courtesy Shannon Valerio/DU Athletics

There was no weather delay or postponement this time, though through the first two periods, the Pioneers may have wished there was. A night after game one of the Battle for the Gold Pan between Colorado College and the #3 University of Denver was postponed due to adverse, blizzard-like conditions preventing the Pioneers from making it to the World Arena, the Pioneers returned home and laid an egg for the first two periods of the game. Luckily, the poor first two periods, due in large part to poor special teams play, did not doom the Pioneers entirely as they got third period goals from Jarid Lukosevicius and Brett Stapley to tie the game at four, which is how the game officially ended. Continue reading Denver rides third period rally to tie Colorado College & earn extra NCHC point

Denver rallies to sweep Omaha and keep four-year winning streak over Mavs alive

Photo courtesy of Shannon Valerio/Denver Athletics

It’s going to happen sometime. Denver’s four-year winning streak against the University of Nebraska Omaha, dating back to January of 2015, is eventually going to end. Whether it’s because of the planet’s inevitable destruction due to climate change or because of an incredible individual performance by Omaha goalie Evan Weninger, it’s going to end. For more than 58 minutes of hockey on Saturday night, it appeared the latter was going to happen. But with just 1:21 left in regulation, Ian Mitchell scored to tie the game at 2 before Cole Guttman scored less than a minute into overtime to lift the #3 Denver Pioneers to a 3-2 overtime win over the Mavericks for the second straight night. Continue reading Denver rallies to sweep Omaha and keep four-year winning streak over Mavs alive