Avid Fighting Hawk hockey fans are used to taking to the road to support their beloved hockey team. This year is more difficult with social distancing leaving fans at home. We wanted to see just how well North Dakota fans were adjusting to the ‘new normal’.
Leading to Tuesday night’s gold medal final against the United States, team Canada never trailed during the World Junior Championships. That is, until 13:25 of the first period when the US’s Alex Turcotte scored for the United States, assisted by Drew Helleson and Trevor Zegras. Continue reading DU’s Brink, USA Win 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, 2-0
This season has been a battle for the #16 Denver Pioneers (4-7-1, 15 pts). Over their first 11 games, 10 at the Pod in Omaha, DU struggled to play consistent hockey and their 3-7-1 record showed that. If Denver had been battling some demons through their first 11 games, they did their best to exorcise them in a dominant, relentless 6-1 victory over the archrival Colorado College Tigers (3-5-2, 14 pts) in their first game at Magness Arena in 301 days. Brett Stapley and Reid Irwin each scored a pair of goals, Corbin Kaczperski made 17 saves on 18 shots, and the offense finally tapped into some of its huge potential just a night after a lackluster 4-3 loss to the Tigers in Colorado Springs. Continue reading Pioneers Rebound at Magness to Dominate Tigers 6-1, Earn 1,500th All-Time Victory
The hope for the #16 Denver Pioneers (3-7-1, 12 pts) was that the week and a half break between the NCHC Pod and the New Year’s Day matchup with the Colorado College Tigers (3-4-2, 14 pts) would offer a chance to hit the reset button and start 2021 back on the right track. Unfortunately, the break wasn’t enough as the same problems that haunted the Pioneers in Omaha – faceoff struggles and bad goaltending, to name a couple – showed themselves in full form at the World Arena in Colorado Springs as they fell to the Tigers 4-3 to open the second half of the season. Continue reading Pioneers Open New Year on Wrong Foot, Drop First Gold Pan Matchup 4-3
Veeti Miettanen’s game-winning power-play goal with 9:38 remaining in the game lifted the Saint Cloud (Minn.) State Huskies (6-3) to a 3-1 thriller over the Denver Pioneers (3-6-1) at Omaha’s Baxter arena on Sunday afternoon, Dec 20. Miettanen beat DU goalie Magnus Chrona with a clean wrist shot from 20 feet-out for the game-winner, and the Huskies added an empty netter by SCSU’s Zach Okabe in the final minute for the 3-1 final score. Continue reading SCSU Defeats Pioneers, 3-1 with Special Teams Edge
After watching a few weeks of DU games in the NCHC “pod,” we’ve been subjected to hundreds of repetitive, small-city Grand Forks, North Dakota-based TV commercials. The reason for this is that Dakota-based Midco Sports Network is producing the NCHC.tv-wide production, fueled by money from North Dakota advertisers, where UND hockey is the state’s largest athletic attraction. To our more citified eyes and ears, there are seven of them that, in heavy rotation, have become proverbial nails on a chalkboard to our urban sensibilities… Continue reading Which North Dakota Commercial is Most Annoying?
No game in the first 10 games of any season is a must-win game for any team. Even for the #8 Denver Pioneers (3-5-1, 12 pts) who came off of a demoralizing 3-0 shutout loss against Miami just two nights ago, no game this early is a must-win game. But given everything that DU has gone through so far in the Pod, you’d be forgiven for feeling like this afternoon’s game against the Western Michigan Broncos (2-6-2, 8 pts) was one. Staring down the barrel of a 3-5-0 record, it certainly felt like the Pioneers needed a victory immediately to get things back on track. And they got one…kind of…as they tied the Broncos 3-3 and took the extra NCHC standings point in the shootout. Continue reading McKade Webster’s Shootout Heroics Give Pioneers Extra Point in 3-3 Tie with Western Michigan
For all of the progress that the #8 Denver Pioneers (3-5-0, 10 pts) had made since their 0-3 start to the season, the mistakes that led them to that start – poor faceoffs, defensive zone turnovers, third-period mental mistakes leading to opponents’ power plays, an inability to finish on their scoring chances – came back to haunt them against the Miami RedHawks (2-6-0, 7 pts) in a 3-0 shutout loss. Miami played a good, defensive, hard-nosed game and got another stellar 26-save performance from freshman goaltender Ludvig Persson along the way but it was Denver’s self-inflicted wounds that played the starring role in this loss. Continue reading Pioneers’ Nagging Mistakes Return as Miami Pitches 3-0 Shutout
The #8 Denver Pioneers (3-4-0, 10 pts) continue to learn and grow throughout the Pod. After erasing the memory of their season-opening three-game losing streak, they wanted to erase another loss from their memories, this time a 4-1 loss to Minnesota Duluth. Thanks to a strong performance from Yale transfer goaltender Corbin Kaczperski and a stifling presence in the defensive zone, DU bounced back from that loss with a 3-2 victory over the Western Michigan Broncos (2-5-1, 7 pts). Continue reading Pioneers Bounce Back with 3-2 Victory over Western Michigan Broncos
The Denver Pioneers became mentally unglued in the third period of an otherwise tight game, allowing the two-time defending NCAA champion Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs to score a pair of unanswered goals to blow open a 2-1 game, en-route to a 4-1 victory over the Pioneers on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Omaha’s Baxter Arena. Continue reading Pioneers Third Period Meltdown Enables UMD to Thump DU, 4-1