Category Archives: Hockey

Denver lays egg against North Dakota in 4-1 loss to extend winless streak to four games

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DENVER – Just a few weeks ago, everything was all sunshine and rainbows for the #2 Denver Pioneers. They sat at 8-0-0 after dominating their way through their early nonconference slate. Now, four games later, at 8-2-2 and winless (in regulation) in NCHC play, the Pioneers have been giving a few heaping doses of reality, the latest in the form of a 4-1 home loss to the archrival #9 North Dakota Fighting Hawks at Magness Arena on Saturday night. Seasons are marathons, not sprints and this is likely just the first of a number of bumps in the Pioneers’ road to Detroit, but tonight, that little, barely noticeable bump got a whole lot bigger. Continue reading Denver lays egg against North Dakota in 4-1 loss to extend winless streak to four games

Pioneers drop two points to archrival North Dakota in defensive struggle

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DENVER – The puck fell to Colton Poolman’s stick in the right circle. The North Dakota senior captain took a chance, put it on net, and found twine just over Magnus Chrona’s shoulder. And just like that, in the second overtime, with the #2 Denver Pioneers and #9 North Dakota Fighting Hawks playing for an extra point in the NCHC standings, the team in green took two of the first three points on this rivalry weekend with a 2-1 victory at Magness Arena in what will go down as a 1-1 tie for NCAA purposes. Continue reading Pioneers drop two points to archrival North Dakota in defensive struggle

Best Magness Arena Student Section Ever? 2019-2020 in the Conversation

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Heading into this season, many people expected Denver Hockey to be among the top programs to watch this season. Over the years, improved lighting, sound, concessions, and other upgrades have made DU hockey a ‘must-see’ sporting event on campus. But, believe it or not, this student section has become another great reason to see DU hockey. Not since the mid-1980s and the ‘Bleacher Creatures’ has a Denver student section been so energized. Continue reading Best Magness Arena Student Section Ever? 2019-2020 in the Conversation

Fan Recognition Event Backfires on North Dakota Officials

A fan recognition event at the University of North Dakota’s Ralph Englestad Arena backfired last weekend. The University’s eight hockey championship banners have been relocated to an arena wall. However, five of the banners, formerly showing the Fighting Sioux logo, have been changed to celebrate the rich history of the Fighting Hawk program and, specifically, their fans. Continue reading Fan Recognition Event Backfires on North Dakota Officials

Pioneers drop four of six points against Minnesota Duluth to open NCHC play

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44-0-0 is no longer in play for the top-ranked Denver Pioneers. That’s worth mentioning only because the overly repetitive bit died with DU’s already slim chances of going unbeaten this year. Denver was going to lose a game this year. Denver will lose more games this year. That they even went 8-0-0 to start the season is impressive by itself, especially for a team that traditionally starts slow. The Pioneers finally came back down to Earth this weekend during their trip to northern Minnesota to take on the  #7 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. Denver won in a shootout on Friday but lost on Saturday. The Pios come home with two of the six possible points that were at stake this weekend ahead of a rivalry clash with North Dakota. Continue reading Pioneers drop four of six points against Minnesota Duluth to open NCHC play

UMD Punishes Pioneers, 5-2 in Game 2, takes 4 of 6 points in weekend series

74881475_2599323660106137_1481519604063797248_oThe perfect DU season start is now just a memory.

The top-ranked Denver Pioneers came swaggering into Duluth, Minn. with an 8-0 record, and left Amsoil Arena with a Friday tie and a Saturday loss, the latter game a bitter 5-2 loss in which DU was simply outplayed by the defending NCAA Champion Bulldogs.

The Pioneers looked strong in the first two periods, taking a 2-1 lead on a Jaakko Heikkinen goal at the 2:27 mark of the second, but after that, it was the Bulldogs who blew out the Pioneers, scoring four unanswered goals over the last 35 minutes for the victory.

Koby Bender evened the game at 2-2 with snipe at the 7:28 mark of the second, and then set up Luke Loheit a few minutes later for the game-winning goal.

The Bulldogs added a couple of insurance goals in the third period, including an empty netter.

Nick Tremaroli will have a full series recap tomorrow.

Pioneers blow two-goal lead, hold on for win in shootout at Minnesota Duluth

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The top-ranked Denver Pioneers looked every bit of their consensus #1 ranking for the better part of three periods on the road against the #7 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, but for a defensive breakdown over the last 10 minutes of regulation. But thanks to Magnus Chrona’s magnificence in goal and Brett Stapley’s creativity in the shootout, Denver overcame their third period blown lead to earn the extra point for NCHC purposes. Denver is now 8-0-1. Continue reading Pioneers blow two-goal lead, hold on for win in shootout at Minnesota Duluth

Denver Hockey Series Preview: Minnesota Duluth

Last weekend’s celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Denver Hockey was quite the spectacle.  Having generations of players on the ice together celebrating the program was something really special to witness.  If you missed it, make sure you check out Puck Swami’s recap of the celebration.  The Pioneers improved to 8-0 after the sweep of Niagara and now begin their conference slate starting with the back-to-back national champion Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs.

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