It didn’t take long for one of the newest members of the Summit League, the UMKC Kangaroos, to explore options for a new conference. With the departure of Loyola-Chicago to the Atlantic 10 from the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), UMKC has been approached about membership in the MVC and they appear eager to make the leap. Continue reading UMKC Looks to Bolt Summit League
The #12 Denver Pioneers (10-4-0, 4-2-0, 12 pts) had not won a road game outside of the state of Colorado in their four tries coming into this weekend. Along the way, they had scored a dismal combined eight goals in those four games, including just one goal in each of the final three games. That script completely flipped this weekend, though, as the Pioneers hung 13 goals on a struggling Arizona State Sun Devils (7-9-0) hockey team at Oceanside Arena (still trying to figure out where, exactly, the ocean is in Tempe). Brett Stapley recorded a hat trick on Friday, Magnus Chrona stopped 65 of ASU’s 68 shots (.955 SV%), and six different Pioneers scored on Saturday night. It was the kind of domination on the road that the Pios sorely needed and, while they were at it, they improved their already NCAA-best goals-per-game average from 4.42 to 4.71. Continue reading Denver Hockey Road Trip Recap: Pioneers’ Red Hot Offense Burns Sun Devils in First Road Sweep
The #12 Denver Pioneers (10-4-0, 4-2-0, 12 pts) have the nation’s best offense, in case you didn’t read last night’s recap of the 6-2 win. Tonight, in their fourth game against the Arizona State Sun Devils (7-9-0), the Pios once again increased their goals per game average – 4.42 coming into the weekend – to 4.71 (crazy commenters, check my math). Brett Stapley added two more points to a weekend where he already recorded a hat trick, Sean Behrens scored his first career goal, and the Pios’ power play scored four (yes, four!) goals, including two from freshman Massimo Rizzo, in six tries. For the second night in a row, DU used the third period to step on ASU’s throats and put the game out of reach. Denver outscored Arizona State 13-3 this weekend and won all four games against the Sun Devils by a combined 25-9 score (again, check my math).
We will have a full weekend recap tomorrow morning with a more in-depth analysis of both games.
Photo of Cole Guttman courtesy of Denver Athletics
The #12 Denver Pioneers (9-4-0, 4-2-0, 12 pts) came into the night with the country’s best offense, averaging 4.42 goals per game. Thanks to a 6-2 domination at Arizona State (7-8-0) for the Pios’ first out of state victory of the season, that average is going to go up. Brett Stapley netted a hat trick, Jack Devine scored his first career NCAA goal amidst DU’s third-period four-goal onslaught, and the Pios survived a second period with 36 combined penalty minutes as they won their third straight against ASU. They’ve now scored 18 goals in their three games against the Sun Devils.
We will have a full recap of this game in our Denver Hockey Road Trip Recap on Sunday morning.
Photo of Brett Stapley: Cal Sport Media/Alamy Stock Photo
In a Friday morning shock to the system, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced that commissioner Josh Fenton will step down from his current role with the conference at the end of the 2021-2022 season to become the commissioner of the Summit League, the University of Denver’s main conference affiliation. Fenton oversaw the creation of the NCHC ahead of the 2013-2014 college hockey season and has been at the helm ever since, watching it win four straight national titles from 2016 to 2019, including Denver’s 2017 title. Continue reading NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton to Step Down, Take on Same Job with Summit League
The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) surprised constituents Monday with the announced hire of a relatively unknown candidate to guide Maverick athletics. Thirty-eight-year-old Ned Lasko, a Puma shoe representative from Richmond, UK, as Omaha’s new athletics director. Continue reading UNO Tabs Ned Lasko as New Athletic Director
Denver men’s soccer (9-3-5, 4-1-1) had to play 220 minutes of soccer and win two nail-biting shootouts to emerge as conference Summit League Tournament champions in Macomb, Illinois. The Pioneers defeated UMKC (1-1, 4-3 PKs) and Oral Roberts (1-1, 3-2 PKs) in a hard-fought semifinal and final. The unlikely hero was back-up keeper Kobe Gray who head coach Jamie Franks inserted in both matches to defend penalties. Gray made key stops in both shootout sessions for the tournament win. Gray was named the tournament MVP in what is certainly a great trivia answer to the question: Name an NCAA conference tournament MVP who never played a minute in his team’s tournament regulation or overtime? Continue reading Denver Earns NCAA Berth and Makes History During Wild Week
It was a must-sweep weekend for the #14 Denver Pioneers (6-4-0, 2-2-0) and thanks to a late second-period flurry of action that saw three DU goals in four minutes including two from Carter Savoie in 20 seconds and one from Cameron Wright that beat the buzzer, they delivered. The #9 Western Michigan Broncos (6-4-0, 1-3-0) came into this weekend riding high after dispatching top-five teams in Michigan and Minnesota Duluth but the Pioneers, thanks to their abundance of speed and skill, sent the Broncos back to Kalamazoo tired, beat down, and winless. Continue reading Pioneers Ride Late Second-Period Flurry to Complete Sweep of Broncos
The great thing about streaks, especially the losing kind, is they always eventually come to an end. That’s just their nature. For the #14 Denver Pioneers (5-4-0, 1-2-0), the end of their four-game skid couldn’t come soon enough, especially after they only scored one goal in each of their last three games. After starting the season on a 4-0 tear with every game in Colorado, coming back home to Magness Arena to take on the #9 Western Michigan Broncos (6-3-0, 1-2-0) may have been exactly what Denver needed to shake off the frustration and get the offense going as the Pioneers scored five times to top the Broncos 5-3 and end their four-game losing streak. Continue reading Welcome Back Carter(s): Denver’s Offense Rebounds Against Western Michigan with 5-3 Victory
A new look Denver men’s basketball team takes to the floor tonight against Division II Regis University.
DU’s biggest battle this season revolves around credibility. Will the Pioneers be able to reverse a seasons-long basketball malaise where men’s basketball has become largely irrelevant on campus? In comes a new cast of characters, including head coach Jeff Wulbrun and his right-hand-lieutenant Brandon Dunston, with promises to transform the broken program into the ‘most improved in the nation‘. Continue reading For Denver Men’s Hoops, Hope Springs Eternal but Skepticism Still Remains