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Weekend Recap: Denver Hockey comes home from Omaha with four of six points

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As doubtful as it looked with 14 seconds left in regulation on Saturday night, the #4 Denver Pioneers’ (15-4-5, 5-3-4-3) unbeaten streak against the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks (9-10-4, 3-6-3-0) is still alive thanks to two ties at Baxter Arena this weekend. If it wasn’t for Bobby Brink’s goal with 13 seconds left in Game Two, the streak would have ended at 17. Instead, Brink scored on one hell of a wrist shot from the left circle to send the second game of the weekend to overtime and preserve the streak. Brink’s goal also gave the Pioneers a chance to salvage another two NCHC points on the weekend. in the end, thanks to both ties and subsequent NCHC overtime/shootout victories, Denver came back home with four of the six points at stake in Omaha. Continue reading Weekend Recap: Denver Hockey comes home from Omaha with four of six points

Last-minute Bobby Brink goal gives Pioneers tie against Omaha as unbeaten streak reaches 18

The streak is going to end eventually. The Denver Pioneers aren’t going to just never lose to Omaha for the rest of time. That’s not how hockey works. That’s not how sports work. But, for now, the streak is still alive thanks to  Bobby Brink’s game-tying goal with 13.8 seconds left in regulations. Neither the #4 Pioneers (15-4-5, 5-3-4-3) nor Mavericks (9-10-4, 3-6-3-0) scored in regulation overtime (what a great oxymoron) and the game ended in a 2-2 tie at Baxter Arena in Omaha. Michael Davies did score in three-on-three overtime to give the Pioneers the second point and ensure that the Pioneers came home with four of the six possible points. With the official tie, Denver now has not lost to Omaha since January 2014. Continue reading Last-minute Bobby Brink goal gives Pioneers tie against Omaha as unbeaten streak reaches 18

Denver extends unbeaten streak over Omaha to 17 with 1-1 tie, shootout win

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Goaltender Isaiah Saville played strongly for the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks and held the #4 Denver Pioneers to a lone first-period goal from Tyler Ward through 65 minutes of regulation NCAA hockey at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. Meanwhile, the Mavericks were able to stay in the game and eventually capitalize with a third-period shorthanded goal to force overtime at 1-1. Brett Edwards then gave the Pioneers the extra point in the NCHC standings with a goal in the fifth round of the shootout. Continue reading Denver extends unbeaten streak over Omaha to 17 with 1-1 tie, shootout win

Pioneers hold off Huskies to break out brooms and extend winning streak to 6

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DENVER – Winning in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference is never easy. Sweeping series in the NCHC is downright difficult. That’s just the nature of this conference. Even if it’s first-place vs. eighth-place, or, in tonight’s case with the third-place #5 Denver Pioneers (15-4-3, 5-3-2-1) taking on the eighth-place St. Cloud State Huskies (6-10-4, 3-7-0-0), even a 4-0 lead with five minutes left in the second period wasn’t totally safe. However, thanks to some puck luck and clutch late goaltending by Magnus Chrona, the Pioneers were able to hold off the Huskies to win 5-3 at Magness Arena to finish off the weekend sweep and pull to within five points of second-place Minnesota Duluth in the NCHC standings. Continue reading Pioneers hold off Huskies to break out brooms and extend winning streak to 6

Denver Pioneers Blow-Out St. Cloud St. Huskies in Series Opener, 6-3

Denver star defenseman Ian Mitchell scored one of the most memorable goals of his Pioneer career on a short-handed, unassisted breakaway — a decisive game-winning goal at 7:16 the third period, as the Denver Pioneers blew open a tight game in third period and cruised to 6-3 NCHC win over St. Cloud State University to delight the nearly 6,000 fans at Magness Arena in Denver. Continue reading Denver Pioneers Blow-Out St. Cloud St. Huskies in Series Opener, 6-3

Through 20 years as Voice of the Pioneers, Jay Stickney continues to relish role with program

University of Denver hockey is celebrating its 70th season this year. At the same time, though, there’s another, arguably more important milestone that the program is celebrating: voice of the Pioneers Jay Stickney’s 20th year with the program. Through a number of color commentators, three head coaches, and countless student-athletes, one thing has remained constant for the program over the past two decades: Jay Stickney’s voice on Denver’s fall and winter weekend radio airwaves. Continue reading Through 20 years as Voice of the Pioneers, Jay Stickney continues to relish role with program

Denver Hockey Series Preview: St. Cloud State

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You can say it was revenge or just another series, but the #5 Denver Pioneers made a statement last weekend when they swept the #10 UMass-Amherst Minutemen.  It wasn’t the prettiest at times but the Pioneers found ways to find goals from dirty areas and create havoc in front of the net.  Now winners of four straight games, the Pioneers host the unranked St. Cloud State Huskies and will try to improve on their 3-3-2 record in the NCHC.

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Coach George Gwozdecky Headlines DU’s 2020 Hall of Fame Class Induction Event

DU has formally announced its 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

The ceremony will feature a return to campus by hockey head coach George Gwozdecky, one of Denver’s greatest coaches, who led DU to a pair of national championships, multiple NCAA appearances and an imposing 443-267-64 record in 19 years with the Pioneers between 1994 and 2013. The evening is sure to be a special one as ‘Coach Gwoz’ finally gets some of the eternal recognition that he so richly deserves as a legend in the Pioneer family. Continue reading Coach George Gwozdecky Headlines DU’s 2020 Hall of Fame Class Induction Event

St Cloud State Athletes Deal with Changing Landscape

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Denver faces St. Cloud State University in hockey this upcoming weekend at Magness Arena. Back in St. Cloud, the shock waves sent by Athletics recent decision to drop Football and golf (and add men’s soccer) are still reverberating across the Minnesota campus. Continue reading St Cloud State Athletes Deal with Changing Landscape