Category Archives: Men’s Sports

Best Magness Arena Student Section Ever? 2019-2020 in the Conversation

Photos Credit: Jason Evans

Heading into this season, many people expected Denver Hockey to be among the top programs to watch this season. Over the years, improved lighting, sound, concessions, and other upgrades have made DU hockey a ‘must-see’ sporting event on campus. But, believe it or not, this student section has become another great reason to see DU hockey. Not since the mid-1980s and the ‘Bleacher Creatures’ has a Denver student section been so energized. Continue reading Best Magness Arena Student Section Ever? 2019-2020 in the Conversation

Pioneers drop four of six points against Minnesota Duluth to open NCHC play

Photo credit: Clint Austin/Forum News Service

44-0-0 is no longer in play for the top-ranked Denver Pioneers. That’s worth mentioning only because the overly repetitive bit died with DU’s already slim chances of going unbeaten this year. Denver was going to lose a game this year. Denver will lose more games this year. That they even went 8-0-0 to start the season is impressive by itself, especially for a team that traditionally starts slow. The Pioneers finally came back down to Earth this weekend during their trip to northern Minnesota to take on the  #7 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. Denver won in a shootout on Friday but lost on Saturday. The Pios come home with two of the six possible points that were at stake this weekend ahead of a rivalry clash with North Dakota. Continue reading Pioneers drop four of six points against Minnesota Duluth to open NCHC play

UMD Punishes Pioneers, 5-2 in Game 2, takes 4 of 6 points in weekend series

74881475_2599323660106137_1481519604063797248_oThe perfect DU season start is now just a memory.

The top-ranked Denver Pioneers came swaggering into Duluth, Minn. with an 8-0 record, and left Amsoil Arena with a Friday tie and a Saturday loss, the latter game a bitter 5-2 loss in which DU was simply outplayed by the defending NCAA Champion Bulldogs.

The Pioneers looked strong in the first two periods, taking a 2-1 lead on a Jaakko Heikkinen goal at the 2:27 mark of the second, but after that, it was the Bulldogs who blew out the Pioneers, scoring four unanswered goals over the last 35 minutes for the victory.

Koby Bender evened the game at 2-2 with snipe at the 7:28 mark of the second, and then set up Luke Loheit a few minutes later for the game-winning goal.

The Bulldogs added a couple of insurance goals in the third period, including an empty netter.

Nick Tremaroli will have a full series recap tomorrow.

Pioneers blow two-goal lead, hold on for win in shootout at Minnesota Duluth

Photo courtesy Duluth News Tribune

The top-ranked Denver Pioneers looked every bit of their consensus #1 ranking for the better part of three periods on the road against the #7 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, but for a defensive breakdown over the last 10 minutes of regulation. But thanks to Magnus Chrona’s magnificence in goal and Brett Stapley’s creativity in the shootout, Denver overcame their third period blown lead to earn the extra point for NCHC purposes. Denver is now 8-0-1. Continue reading Pioneers blow two-goal lead, hold on for win in shootout at Minnesota Duluth

Denver Hockey Series Preview: Minnesota Duluth

Last weekend’s celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Denver Hockey was quite the spectacle.  Having generations of players on the ice together celebrating the program was something really special to witness.  If you missed it, make sure you check out Puck Swami’s recap of the celebration.  The Pioneers improved to 8-0 after the sweep of Niagara and now begin their conference slate starting with the back-to-back national champion Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs.

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Data and Graphs and Charts, Oh My: NCHC in the USCHO Poll through the Years

If you weren’t around on Twitter yesterday, you likely missed a long thread that we tweeted from our account that offered a visual representation of how all eight NCHC teams have fared in the weekly USCHO poll since the conference’s inaugural season in 2013. It’s no secret that the NCHC has dominated college hockey in recent years in both nonconference and postseason play. The Colorado Springs-based conference has had at least one participant in every Frozen Four since that first season and between North Dakota, Denver, and Minnesota Duluth, it has won each of the last four national titles. To say that the NCHC has been good or even great might somehow be the understatement of the decade. Continue reading Data and Graphs and Charts, Oh My: NCHC in the USCHO Poll through the Years

Summit League University Presidents Converge on Sioux Falls Amidst Division I Debate

As we previously reported, Summit League university presidents will converge on Sioux Falls this week. Initially, it was thought that the meeting would center on Summit League conference affairs, a tour of the new offices (on the Sanford Health Campus) and a tour of future conference member Augustana University’s campus. Continue reading Summit League University Presidents Converge on Sioux Falls Amidst Division I Debate

Niagara Falls to Denver in 4-0 Shutout as Pioneers Remain Unbeaten

Photo courtesy Shannon Valerio/DU Athletics

DENVER – Goaltender Michael Corson may not have entered the minds of most Denver fans ahead of the 2019-2020 season. The assumption was that it would be a two-horse race between Devin Cooley and freshman Magnus Chrona. Then Cooley got hurt before the season started and those plans changed. Tonight, against Atlantic Hockey’s Niagara, Corson shined for the top-ranked Pioneers as he stopped all 16 shots he faced en route to Denver’s 4-0 victory with more than 170 Denver Hockey alumni on hand to witness the shutout. Continue reading Niagara Falls to Denver in 4-0 Shutout as Pioneers Remain Unbeaten

Denver Hockey unveils alternate jersey commemorating 70th Anniversary season

It was announced earlier this week that the #1 Denver Pioneers would unveil a new alternate uniform for the 70th Anniversary Weekend celebration and earlier this evening, the program unveiled what they look like. You will notice there are a number of parallels between these alternates and the Battle on Blake jerseys that the Pioneers wore against Colorado College at Coors Field. See the video from DU Hockey below for the full unveiling: Continue reading Denver Hockey unveils alternate jersey commemorating 70th Anniversary season