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
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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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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
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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