Category Archives: Hockey

North Dakota Seeks Inspiration from Early Season Defeats

The Fighting Hawks were at an emotional low several weeks ago after falling to Arizona State at the US Hockey Hall of Fame Game, 3-2. The loss dropped UND to a 3-3-1 record. North Dakota hockey insiders agreed, a change was needed. “We’ve taken on a new persona,” stated head coach  Brad Berry following the painful defeat. “We are now calling this season our Special On-Ice Operation. Continue reading North Dakota Seeks Inspiration from Early Season Defeats

Remembering Peter “Maxy” McNab

The Denver hockey community has been hit hard by the news that former University of Denver Pioneer, National Hockey League All-Star center, and Colorado Avalanche hockey broadcaster Peter McNab died of cancer last week at the age of 70.

“Heartbroken” was the term used by current DU coach David Carle to describe what McNab’s death means to the Denver Pioneer family. Continue reading Remembering Peter “Maxy” McNab

The City of Denver Loses Hockey Legend Peter McNab

It was with sadness that we learned of Peter McNab’s passing early today. McNab was a Canadian-born hockey player. He played 14 seasons in the NHL from 1973 to 1987 for the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils. He later served as the color commentator for the Colorado Avalanche from their inaugural 1995-96 season until his death. DU fans will remember him as a great Pioneer. Continue reading The City of Denver Loses Hockey Legend Peter McNab

Pioneers Make Fast Start Hold Up to Earn Weekend Split & Four Points vs Huskies

Normally, scoring two goals in the first three minutes of a game is a harbinger of a big offensive night, one where you expect to score five or six or even more goals. But sometimes, especially in the NCHC, two early goals wakes up the opposition and they begin to battle back. Tonight, in game two of the series between the #2 Denver Pioneers (7-3-0, 3-1-0 NCHC) and the #4 St. Cloud State Huskies (8-2-0, 1-1-0 NCHC), the two goals ended up waking the Huskies up and the Pioneers had to battle to hold on and earn the 3-2 victory in front of 6,219 fans at Magness Arena. Continue reading Pioneers Make Fast Start Hold Up to Earn Weekend Split & Four Points vs Huskies

St. Cloud Drops Denver in Extra Time, 4-3

The #2-ranked Denver hockey team (6-3-0, 2-1-0) faced off against #4 St. Cloud State (8-1-0, 1-0-0)  Friday night at Magness Arena in an early season clash of powerhouses. It was not a beautiful game as both sides struggled at times while each missed golden opportunities to end the game in regulation.

Something had to give – and it was Denver who gave up two leads in regulation as well as the overtime winner to fall, 4-3. Continue reading St. Cloud Drops Denver in Extra Time, 4-3

Denver Hockey Road Trip Recap: Mazur Scores Five as Pioneers Sweep RedHawks To Earn First Six NCHC Points

Despite the Miami RedHawks’ (4-3-1, 0-2-0 NCHC) best efforts to earn an NCHC-opening split, the #3 Denver Pioneers (6-2-0, 2-0-0 NCHC) came through and once again showed why they have their sights set on winning a record 10th national title and the RedHawks are an improving but still bottom-half NCHC team. On Friday night, the Pioneers skated to a dominant 4-0 victory, goaltender Magnus Chrona’s first shutout of the season and 10th of his career and though they didn’t hold a lead until just over seven minutes left in the game on Saturday, a three-goal third-period rally gave the Pios the 4-2 victory and first road sweep of the year. Continue reading Denver Hockey Road Trip Recap: Mazur Scores Five as Pioneers Sweep RedHawks To Earn First Six NCHC Points

Pioneers Rally in Third Period to Win Eighth-Straight vs Miami, Secure NCHC-Opening Road Sweep

The Miami RedHawks (4-3-1, 0-2-0 NCHC) did not trail until there was just 7:11 left in the game and yet, they still lost. But that’s what can happen when you’re playing the reigning national champions who have their eyes squarely fixed on winning another. Carter Mazur scored his second of two goals and his fifth on the weekend with 7:11 left to give the #3 Denver Pioneers (6-2-0, 2-0-0 NCHC) their first lead of the game and one they would not relinquish as Massimo Rizzo added an empty-net goal to seal the 4-2 victory. It was Denver’s eighth-straight victory over the RedHawks and their fourth-straight overall as they open NCHC play with a critical six points and sit atop the extremely early conference standings. Continue reading Pioneers Rally in Third Period to Win Eighth-Straight vs Miami, Secure NCHC-Opening Road Sweep

Denver wins Homecoming Slugfest over Providence in OT, 3-2

Was there a hockey game Saturday night?

There was certainly perfect fall weather, Homecoming food trucks, plenty of spirits were consumed, and even the 2022 NCAA Championship banner was raised to the rafters before the game.

But DU saved the best memory for last, as DU sophomore Jack Devine won the Saturday night game, rifling a 20- foot wrister to break a 2-2 tie just 1:15 into overtime, sending over 6,000 DU fans into a happy conclusion to Homecoming weekend,  completing the sweep of the Providence Friars on the weekend in one of the more physical non-league series in recent years.

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