Category Archives: Hockey

Puck Swami: DU Hockey In Ball Arena Takes Over Denver

Without hesitation, I can proclaim last Friday night’s DU 2-0 shutout of Colorado College before nearly 18,000 fans, packed to the rafters at Denver’s Ball Arena as one of the most magnificent nights in my 40+ years of following Pioneer hockey.

And I imagine that virtually all of the Pioneer fans who were there would agree that last Friday night was magical. Continue reading Puck Swami: DU Hockey In Ball Arena Takes Over Denver

Polls & Ratings & Comparisons, Oh My! Making Sense of College Hockey’s Rankings

Nearly every Monday morning from late September through mid-April, USCHO.com and USA Hockey Magazine post their weekly college hockey media polls. And nearly every Monday morning from late September through mid-April, College Hockey Twitter (it’s a thing! Come join us and get mad at everything!) goes into an uproar over the polls, regardless of the rankings and who is and isn’t ranked.

Some of the various opinions you’ll see on a weekly basis can be summarized as follows: Continue reading Polls & Ratings & Comparisons, Oh My! Making Sense of College Hockey’s Rankings

Pioneers Open 2022-23 Battle for the Gold Pan with 2-0 Shutout at Ball Arena

The #5 Denver Pioneers (20-7-0, 11-4-0 NCHC) are no strangers to big games on NHL sheets. After all, just nine months ago, they went to Boston and won the program’s ninth national title at the home of the Boston Bruins (who now employ Jim Montgomery as their head coach…the DU-Boston roots just keep growing). Now, less than a year later, the Pioneers showed out again in an NHL building, this time at the home of the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, Ball Arena against the Colorado College Tigers (10-14-1, 6-8-1 NCHC), their in-state nemesis and opened the 2022-23 Battle for the Gold Pan with a 2-0 victory. The shutout was Magnus Chrona’s fourth of the season, extended his shutout streak vs Colorado College to five games (Dating back to February 25, 2021) and moves him into a tie for second-most shutouts in DU history, now two shy of Peter Mannino’s all-time record of 15. Continue reading Pioneers Open 2022-23 Battle for the Gold Pan with 2-0 Shutout at Ball Arena

Local Apparel Company Releases Boone Sweatshirt, Currently Available for Preorder

Denver-based DeCo Apparel Company which specializes in unique, Denver sports-related designs, just released their brand-new sweater which features Boone wearing nine championship rings, recognizing each of the record-tying nine national titles that the Denver Hockey program has won. Continue reading Local Apparel Company Releases Boone Sweatshirt, Currently Available for Preorder

Colorado College Professor Seeks Hockey Reform

The New York Post and The Daily Mail recently wrote about a Colorado College astrophysicist professor, Natalie Gosnell, PhD who sees her specialty of study of the universe as riddled with “very violent and hyper-masculine” terminology — such as “vampire star” or “cannibal star”. Gosnell has gone public about combating these issues in the classroom and beyond. Continue reading Colorado College Professor Seeks Hockey Reform

Denver Hockey Road Trip Recap: Pioneers’ NCHC Standings Lead Evaporates After St. Cloud Sweep

There’s no getting around it. This weekend was a step backward for the #3 Denver Pioneers (19-7-0, 10-4-0 NCHC). After ripping off three straight victories, scoring seven goals in each game, the Pios traveled to central Minnesota and laid two huge eggs against the #4 St. Cloud State Huskies (18-6-0, 10-4-0 NCHC). In game one, they surrendered three power-play goals in five chances and Magnus Chrona was pulled from between the pipes early in the third period en route to a 7-3 thrashing while in game two last night, the Pioneers could only muster 19 shots on goal while getting shut out 2-0. It was a weekend to forget from start to finish and now, with just 10 games left in the season, the Pioneers appear to have reached the turning point of their season. Continue reading Denver Hockey Road Trip Recap: Pioneers’ NCHC Standings Lead Evaporates After St. Cloud Sweep

Penrose Cup Race Knotted after 2-0 Loss at St. Cloud State

Denver lost their two-game NCHC Regular Season lead in the standing after a weekend sweep by St. Cloud State. Following a Friday 7-3 defeat, the Pioneers were shutout 2-0 Saturday night. The teams are now tied atop the NCHC standings. It was a battle, according to head coach David Carle, “This was tightly contested. Not much open ice. It was a challenge all weekend long. We got better this weekend. We’ll be better for it.” Continue reading Penrose Cup Race Knotted after 2-0 Loss at St. Cloud State

Pioneers Open St. Cloud State Series with 7-3 Clunker

Calling tonight’s road series opener against #4 St. Cloud State (17-6-0, 9-4-0 NCHC) a night to forget would be an understatement for the #3 Denver Pioneers (16-6-0, 10-3-0 NCHC). Everything that could go wrong, especially late in the second and into the third period, did, Magnus Chrona was pulled after six goals in the third period, and DU’s confounding, bad penalty kill gave up three power play goals in five chances. Continue reading Pioneers Open St. Cloud State Series with 7-3 Clunker

Miami Sees Changes in NCHC Governance & Will Resist Arizona State Membership

Before last weekend’s DU men’s hockey series against the Miami Redhawks at Magness Arena, we came across an interesting article in the View From The Glass blog interview with Miami Athletic Director David Sayler. In a frank discussion, Sayler covered a number of topics including conference affiliation, structural challenges to the NCHC, and the decision on whether to add Arizona State to the NCHC. Here is a summary of the interview: Continue reading Miami Sees Changes in NCHC Governance & Will Resist Arizona State Membership