Saturday night’s game between Denver and Omaha hockey at Magness Arena was going to be a test of wills. After a Friday 8-4 blowout of the Mavs, two questions remained: Would Omaha come out with more fire and battle for the split? Would DU build on their prior night’s eight-goal scoring binge?
Fans will have to wait until Sunday to find out.
After a scoreless first period, a slushy puddle formed over the NCHC logo behind the Denver goal – apparently the logo protruded through the ice following resurfacing from the Zamboni. Officials and arena personnel worked furiously to cut away the logo and patch the divot but a puddle of water remained over the slushy patch-job. After a delay of an hour, the schools’ athletic directors and NCHC commissioner Heather Weems met on the ice to assess the situation. Ultimately, the decision was to postpone until Sunday to ensure player safety.
Due to ice conditions, tonight’s game is suspended. The game will resume tomorrow at a time to be announced.
Tickets from tonight will be valid for tomorrow’s game or can be exchanged to a future game.
Denver hockey carried the pace of play but trailed 2-1 at the end of the first period to the visiting Omaha Mavericks. However, Denver rallied for five goals in the second period, fueled by a five-minute major penalty, to carry a 6-3 lead into the final period. Denver outscored Omaha 2-1 in the final period but the die was cast. Denver earned the dominant win at Magness Arena against Omaha, 8-4. Continue reading Explosive Second Period Fuels Denver Win Over Omaha, 8-4→
TEMPE, Ariz. — One of the greatest joys of being an engaged college hockey fan is seeing your team play in road games around the country. Each new away game allows you to see how college hockey game day experiences are staged (and supported) around the country, and they also provide benchmarks to improve our own game night experience in Denver. Continue reading Puck Swami’s Visit to ASU’s New Mullett Arena→
Denver’s newest DI sport, Triathlon, did not win the team NCAA Triathlon championship at Tempe, Arizona. The DU team finished fourth. However, a freshman, MairaCarreau, had a historic performance for the University of Denver, earning the top spot on the podium Saturday and an individual national championship for DU. Carreau has three more years of eligibility remaining and if head coach Barbara Perkins recruits and develops a few more stars, Denver will be in the hunt for their first women’s team title to add to DU’s 33 national team championships. Triathlon may be on track to add another national championship team title to the rafters of Magness Arena. Continue reading Denver’s Carreau Wins National Championship→
The expectation is always for DU to sweep every series. If the expectation wasn’t for the Pioneers to go unbeaten every season, they wouldn’t be national title contenders year in and year out. However, they still have to play the games, and no matter what, there are going to be bumps in the road. Some of them are bigger than others. It just so happened that for #2 Denver (7-2-1, 2-0-0 NCHC), one of the bigger bumps in their road came in the form of the #16 Arizona State Sun Devils (7-2-1). A night after upsetting the Pioneers in overtime, 6-5, ASU jumped out to a 3-0 second-period lead. But DU captain McKade Webster scored and the Pioneers flipped a switch and never looked back. Denver scored five unanswered goals – four in the second period – and cruised to an 8-4 victory to earn the split at Mullett Arena. Continue reading Pioneers Score 5 Unanswered to Erase 3-0 Lead and Escape Tempe with Split→
#2 Denver (6-2-1, 2-0-0 NCHC) held four separate one-goal leads against #16 Arizona State (7-1-1) but they couldn’t hold any of them longer than two and half minutes. It was a wild game that saw Carter King score two shorthanded goals, ASU score twice on the power play, and the Sun Devils respond to DU goals within 30 seconds twice to erase Pioneer leads. In the end, ASU captain Tyler Gratton ended the game with a snipe past freshman goaltender Freddie Halyk, who had his first poor performance in his four games this season, to seal the 6-5 loss for the Pioneers. Continue reading Pioneers Blow Four Leads in Mullett Arena Debut to Fall to Arizona State in Overtime→
“We want to create a unique identity, so we are embracing our new home – Mullett Arena”, said ASU hockey head coach Greg Powers. “We asked Billy Ray Cyrus to be our super fan. Unfortunately, Billy Ray was too busy so we went with David Spade’s Joe Dirt.” Continue reading ASU Embraces New Mullett Arena→
In the spirit of Capt. Andrew Luck, our own “Armchair General” Puck Swami has written a flowery “Civil War”-style letter to his wife about last weekend’s DU hockey sweep of rival Colorado College. We invite you to click and play “Ashokan Farewell’ as background music and read the letter aloud in the best Ken Burns-narrator voice you can muster. You can almost hear the strains of the Crimson-and-Gold fiddles playing in Denver’s Camp…
Wednesday, the Eighth Day of November, in the year of our Lord, 2023.
My Dearest Wife:
I am grateful to the Lord above for providing me this quill and paper with which to report to you, my beloved bride of long forbearance, that it has been four days since the smoke of battle has lifted from the November weekend scrap for the Gold Pan trophy. As you will read, the news is gratifying… Continue reading Puck Swami’s Civil War Letter on Winning the Gold Pan→
This is a huge week as DU teams battle for a national championship (Triathlon), a conference tournament championship (men’s soccer), a battle for a conference regular season championship (Volleyball) and the start of hoops (men’s and women’s).