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Homecoming Weekend Student Tickets Sell Out in Record Time as Hockey Excitement Builds

The DU student ticket allotment for Homecoming weekend hockey tickets sold out in what a DU official said “has to be a record” amount of time this Wednesday morning shortly after going on sale to students.

DU hockey being the top-ranked team in the country this week and facing the sixth-ranked Boston College Eagles on Homecoming Weekend in the 2019-2020 home opener is certainly driving increased ticket demand.

A very limited supply of regular tickets is available here at this link.

DU Administration’s Pioneers ‘Double Game’ leaves DU student-athletes caught in the middle

As we near Homecoming Weekend, hockey will take center stage but it’s easy to forget that student-athletes have been caught in the middle of the ‘friendly crossfire’ of the Pioneers ‘debate.’

While the DU Administration tries to manage a homegrown crisis, divided between tolerance and intolerance of its own Pioneer nickname, DU’s athletes are caught in the middle. Competing as Pioneers, they give their blood, sweat, and tears for DU, but remain in a direct line of internal fire, as a handful of DU’s senior administrators and a handful of student pawns take shots at the Pioneer name. Continue reading DU Administration’s Pioneers ‘Double Game’ leaves DU student-athletes caught in the middle

Pioneers remain undefeated with sweep of Lakers, run nonconference unbeaten streak to 15

Photo Courtesy Shannon Valerio/DU Athletics

Just like last weekend, 44-0-0 is still in play for the Pioneers. Likely? No. Possible? Again, sure, why not? Last weekend it was the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks that the Pioneers swept to start the season on the right foot. This weekend, after flying to Detroit from Fairbanks before bussing to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the Pioneers swept the Lake Superior State Lakers with 3-1 and 4-3 victories. The Pioneers had to overcome first period 1-0 deficits both nights, but once again, thanks to timely offense, and heavy doses of Pepto Bismol in the third period on Saturday night, Denver is returning home from a 10-day road trip at 4-0-0 (just 40 to go). Continue reading Pioneers remain undefeated with sweep of Lakers, run nonconference unbeaten streak to 15

Heart Attack Pios: Ryan Barrow’s last-minute goal lifts Denver to road sweep

Denver is still undefeated thanks to Ryan Barrow’s goal with 20 seconds left that gave the Pioneers a 4-3 victory over the Lake Superior State Lakers in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The Pioneers and Lakers were tied at 1 after the first period but two second period goals from Bobby Brink and Hank Crone. The Lakers battled back in the third to tie it back up at 3 with just five minutes left. But on this night, it was Barrow who played hero. This  is the second time in four games that Denver has received a late third period goal to give them the victory. Cole Guttman was the third period hero in game one against Alaska Fairbanks.

We will have more in our weekend recap tomorrow but in the meantime, what are your thoughts on the soon-to-be top-ranked Pioneers earning their second straight road sweep to open the season?

Denver Sinks Lakers 3-1 in Series Opener

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The #2 Denver Pioneers topped the Lake Superior State Lakers in the opening game of the weekend’s two game series in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Denver had to overcome a first period 1-0 deficit with goals from Ian Mitchell (2nd of the year), Emilio Pettersen (1st), and Jaakko Heikkinen (1st). Magnus Chrona notched his third straight solid performance with 23 saves on 24 total shots and the penalty kill remained perfect on the year.

There will be more on this game come Sunday morning in our road weekend recap. What are your thoughts on this game?

Denver Hockey Series Preview: Lake Superior State

The #2 Denver Pioneers started their season in thrilling fashion with a late game-winning goal from Cole Guttman to win their season opener against Alaska 4-3.  Freshman goaltender Magnus Chrona faced 61 shots in the series and allowed just three goals while shutting out the Nanooks on Saturday.  Denver wasn’t perfect by any means, but there are a lot of positives after the first week of the season for the No. 2 team in the nation.  Senior Liam Finlay had three assists, freshman Bobby Brink scored his first NCAA goal, and the Pioneers were perfect on the penalty kill.  Once Denver gets their power play to jell and they keep their opponents’ shots down, they will be pretty hard to beat.  They face a hot team this weekend on the road when they visit Lake Superior State.
Continue reading Denver Hockey Series Preview: Lake Superior State

Part 1: Pay to Play Laws Threaten DU and Mid-Majors

The State of California unanimously passed its Pay to Play law allowing college athletes to receive compensation for the use of their name, image, and likeness and hire agents, effective in 2023. Ohio passed a similar law last Thursday and a host of other states are contemplating the passage of similar laws. The NCAA pleaded with the California governor to wait on the passage of the law pending a more uniform solution but California moved forward with the passage. Continue reading Part 1: Pay to Play Laws Threaten DU and Mid-Majors

Solid goaltending & timely offense lift Pioneers to season-opening sweep

Photo courtesy Shannon Valerio/DU Athletics

The Pioneers are 2-0-0 and 44-0-0 is still on the table. Likely? No. Possible? Sure, why not? After the University of Denver hockey team opened their season with a sweep in Fairbanks, Alaska against the WCHA’s University of Alaska Fairbanks (groundbreaking stuff, here) with 4-3 and 3-0 victories, the Pioneers are off to another hot start and the direction of this year’s team is starting to take shape. And folks, that shape, at this point, looks pretty darn good.

(And we also recognize that this recap is being posted a day after the series ended rather than the night it ended. Sue us. Save the energy your unreasonably angry comments would require.) Continue reading Solid goaltending & timely offense lift Pioneers to season-opening sweep

Denver Hockey Series Preview: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Hello LetsGoDU fans and welcome back to another season of Denver Pioneers hockey. It’s a special year for the University of Denver and their fans as they celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Pioneers. Besides the usual great in-conference matchups, the Pioneers will welcome Boston College, Niagara, and UMass-Amherst to Magness Arena. Make sure to see the Pioneers live this season, you won’t want to miss it. Continue reading Denver Hockey Series Preview: University of Alaska Fairbanks