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DU to Host Free Pre-Game Party in Buffalo + TV Watch Parties Around the USA

The University of Denver is sponsoring a pre-game party in Buffalo, New York prior to Thursday’s NCAA Semi-Final between DU and the University of Massachusetts.  DU is also sponsoring free TV watch Parties in selected large cities around the nation:

Pre-game reception:
Buffalo, NY

TV Watch Parties:
San Francisco
Portland, Ore.
Los Angeles
San Diego
New York City
Old Greenwich, Conn.
Washington, D.C.

For more information on party times and city TV party locations, and to register to attend, please follow this link:

Crimson & Gold Show Episode 7: Previewing Denver’s third trip to the Frozen Four in four years

The Denver Pioneers shut out Big Ten regular season champion Ohio State and Atlantic Hockey regular-season champion AIC in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament to clinch their third Frozen Four berth in four years. And this will be their first since winning the national title in 2017. Denver will face Colorado Avalanche draftee Cale Makar and the UMass-Amherst Minutemen in the national semifinal next Thursday night (4/11).

Denver was supposed to have a down year this year and despite all of the factors (that we’ve discussed ad nauseam to this point) that contributed to that supposition, the Pioneers are one of the final four hockey teams still playing hockey. Click to listen below as Chris Bayee of Magness Mayhem and I discuss the upcoming Frozen Four:

Nine things you need to know about UMass-Amherst

Unedited photo credit: UMass Amherst

  • Amherst is to Boston as what Pueblo is to Denver
  • Bill Cosby holds a UMass-Amherst degree. To this day, local bars serve all their drinks with lids.
  • The Mount Holyoke College girls nicknamed them ‘the egg timers’ until they formally adopted ‘Minutemen’ in 1972.

  • While diehard Patriots fans at UMass-Amherst fueled a Super Bowl campus riot, Tom Brady and Giselle have only flown over Amherst.

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Denver Slays AIC, 3-0, for Frozen Four Berth

Photo: Courtesy of Denver Hockey Twitter

It was David vs. Goliath – and Goliath won in the battle for the Frozen Four berth, and the Denver Pioneers are shuffling’ off to Buffalo for a shot at NCAA title #9.

Carle kept to the Denver ‘prosess’ and rolled out the same line-up as Friday night.

Sixteenth seeded American International College (AIC), a D-II school in most sports (but D-I in hockey), shocked the college hockey world Friday night with a win against #1 NCHC power St Cloud State University, 2-1. But Saturday night Denver took a late second period lead, 1-0, and added two third period goals to win the NCAA West Regional in Fargo, North Dakota.

Photo: Courtesy of Kelsey Lee, DU Athletics

It was the irresistible force of the Yellow Jackets 3.23 goals per game against Denver’s immovable defense, allowing only 2.03 goals per game. And, tonight, American International met its match. AIC finishes the season 23-17-1 and the Pioneers will be taking a record of 24-11-5 to Buffalo, New York. Continue reading Denver Slays AIC, 3-0, for Frozen Four Berth

AIC Upsets St. Cloud 2-1, Pioneers to Face Yellowjackets for Frozen Four Berth

In one of the most, if not the most, stunning upsets in the history of NCAA college hockey, #16th Seeded American International College (AIC) of Springfield, Mass. and Atlantic Hockey, upset top seeded and top-ranked St. Cloud State in the NCAA West Regional in Fargo, N.D., 2-1.

The upset means that Denver will face AIC on Saturday Night, March 30 for the Regional Crown (7 pm MT, ESPNU), with the winner advancing to April’s NCAA Frozen Four in Buffalo.

AIC built a 2-0 second period lead on a couple of soft goals through SCSU netminder David Hrenak, and St. Cloud scored a third period power play goal to cut the AIC lead to 2-1. Despite a barrage of SCSU shots (34-13 for the game), AIC held on for the upset.

AIC, with 1700 undergrads,  has only been Division I for 22 years, and has never had a winning season until this year.

North Dakota fans in Fargo are expected to cheer for AIC tomorrow against the Pioneers.



Stodgy Denver Squad Prevails 2-0 Over Buckeyes

Photo: Courtesy of Denver Twitter

It was classic playoff hockey and Ohio State blinked first when Les Lancaster scored the the first goal of the game with only 39 seconds left in the 2nd Period. An empty net tally by Colin Staub with 58 seconds left in the game sealed the deal as DU moves into the round of eight.

Photo: Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

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Denver to Face Ohio State in NCAA Regional Hockey Rematch

DU faces Ohio State in the West Regional, a rematch of last year’s DU NCAA 5-1 loss to the Buckeyes. Photo: DU athletics.

As expected, the NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Committee assigned the eighth-seeded University of Denver Pioneers with a trip to the West Regional in Fargo, North Dakota, where DU will host a first-round rematch with ninth-seeded Ohio State University from the Big 10, the school that ended DU’s 2018 season with a 5-1 NCAA second round regional drubbing in Allentown, Pa.  

DU, the third-place team in the NCHC, will face OSU at 2 pm MT on Friday, March 29th .  The game can be seen live on ESPNU. As the eighth-seed, DU will be the home team in Fargo and will have last line change. Continue reading Denver to Face Ohio State in NCAA Regional Hockey Rematch

Pioneers exact revenge on Tigers for lost Gold Pan & take 3rd place at Frozen Faceoff

Photo courtesy Maddie MacFarlane

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Just a day after the #5 Denver Pioneers could not find the back of the net in the Frozen Faceoff semifinals, the offense erupted in a 6-1 rout of the Colorado College Tigers in the Frozen Faceoff Third Place Game at the Xcel Energy Center. While it won’t reverse the results from the regular season matchups that saw the Pioneers lose the Gold Pan for the first time in five years, the Pioneers will enter the NCAA Tournament as a #2 seed and on a very high note. Continue reading Pioneers exact revenge on Tigers for lost Gold Pan & take 3rd place at Frozen Faceoff

Pioneers bitten by Bulldogs in Frozen Faceoff semis, will not defend 2018 title

Photo courtesy Maddie MacFarlane

ST. PAUL, Minn – Hunter Shepard showed the NCHC why he was named the conference goaltender of the year as he and the #4 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs shut out the #5 Denver Pioneers 3-0 on Friday Night at the Xcel Energy Center in the Frozen Faceoff semifinal. For the Pioneers, it was a tough outcome after sweeping North Dakota to get to this point but in a tight game with a number of weird bounces, the game really could have gone either way, despite what the score indicated. It just so happened that the Bulldogs got the bounces and the Pioneers did not. Continue reading Pioneers bitten by Bulldogs in Frozen Faceoff semis, will not defend 2018 title