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DU Men’s Basketball Season Preview: High expectations for Denver Hoops

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It finally could happen – a postseason appearance by Denver in March Madness for the first time EVER or even a trip to the NIT. This Pioneer basketball team could, realistically, make history this season under third-year head coach Rodney Billups.

So, its fair to call us dumb  – until proven otherwise. Sure, DU has come close before but Denver hoops historically rolls out a middling team that disappoints the few times they have approached the summit (pun intended). But this year is different – and we’ll give you realistic reasons for hope. Continue reading DU Men’s Basketball Season Preview: High expectations for Denver Hoops

Pios Roar Back from 3-0 Deficit to Tie UAF 3-3, on Lancaster’s goal in Final Minute

44442114_1967476963290813_3960080458183606272_oIn college hockey, fans should never leave a game early, as you just never know what you might miss. Denver graduate transfer Les Lancaster’s blast from the top of the left face-off circle found its way through traffic and into the Alaska Fairbanks net with just 35 seconds left in regulation time to complete a three-goal comeback for #9 Denver to tie the UAF Nanooks, 3-3.

While the tie kept DU undefeated at 3-0-1 on the young season, it was game where UAF probably deserved a better fate, as the Nanooks had mostly out-worked, out-hustled and outscored the Pioneers for most of the first two periods of the game, building a 3-0 lead on DU’s ice.

“Our guys didn’t give up in the third period,” said DU Coach David Carle in the postgame release. “It was nice to see them not give up. It was a gutsy effort to get the tie and get it to overtime. We’re certainly not happy with the result, but Fairbanks played a really good game and we were fortunate to get it tied up and get it to overtime.”

Indeed, the final two goals of the DU comeback were scored in the final two minutes of regulation with the goalie pulled for the extra skater, as DU’s Cole Guttman camped out down low to score on a cross-crease feed to make the game 3-2 with 1:52 left, setting the stage for Lancaster’s game-tying goal, as the ensuing five-minute overtime ended scoreless.

Quite honestly, DU came out painfully flat for the first 35 minutes of the game as the Nanooks built a 3-0 lead that lasted well into the second period, on goals by Kylar Hope, Ryker Leer, and Colton Leiter, the latter two coming on the power play.

The Pioneers were able to cut the UAF lead to 3-1 on a Jarid Lukosevicius rebound goal at 6:45 of the second, but after that, Tyson’s McLellan’s five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding stalled DU’s momentum. DU had also suffered an additional five minute major penalty in the first when Ryan Barrow was sent off for boarding, emblematic of a young team taking too many penalties.

DU will have the next week off, and will open NCHC league play against Western Michigan on Nov. 2.

NOTES: The game was played before 4, 314 fans at Magness Arena, one of whom was Golden State Warrior star Steph Curry, who was in town to play the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Curry had earlier addressed the DU basketball team after the Warriors had practiced at DU on Saturday afternoon….DU has added a third goalie to the roster while projected starter Filip Larsson rehabs a lower-body injury that may keep him out until Christmas or longer. Bryan Sharp, a freshman from British Columbia, who came to DU to play on the DU Club Hockey team, will wear #40.  He played junior hockey in the NAHL.

 

 

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Denver Hockey Series Preview: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Photo courtesy Shannon Valerio/Denver Athletics

The Pioneers look to build on last weekend’s success when they welcome the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks this weekend

It sure was sweet watching David Carle lead the Pioneers to two consecutive wins last weekend, a fantastic start to the young head coach’s career.  But as you look around the NCHC, the conference as a whole is already having some early success (of course, the exception being North Dakota).  That being said, Denver can use all the confidence they can get before conference games begin. Continue reading Denver Hockey Series Preview: University of Alaska Fairbanks

Founding the NCHC as told by Brad Schlossman

Photo courtesy of Maddie MacFarlane: DU is one of three NCHC programs to win a national championship since the NCHC started competition in 2013.

The Grand Forks Herald’s Brad Schlossman recently put together a great 3-part series on the founding of the NCHC. Some interesting insights were provided in the series including:

  • Peg Bradley Doppes meeting at a hotel near the Denver International Airport with North Dakota’s AD Brian Faison for the ‘Birth of the NCHC’.
  • Notre Dame’s involvement in the initial meetings and its verbal agreement to join the league.
  • The internal battle between ‘hockey invested’ schools and WCHA leadership which led to the exit.
  • How the league’s initial commissioner bailed four months into the job and how current commissioner Josh Fenton made the jump from Miami to NCHC.
  • Coaches’ concerns about the potential strength and dominance of NCHC  teams.

This is Part 3 of a three-part series on how the NCHC was formed and how it got to where it is today as college hockey’s dominant conference. PART 1 can be found here. PART 2 can be found here. PART 3 can be found here.

Photo: Courtesy of the Grand Forks Herald

Analysis: DU’s New Partnership with FC Bayern Munich is Very, Very Exciting

blobid2_1539351798930The exciting news of the University of Denver’s new partnership with FC Bayern Munich, one of the truly premier powerhouse professional soccer teams in the world, represents an unbelievable opportunity for not only the DU soccer program, but for the entire DU community.

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DU Provost Jeremy Haefner (far left) and DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp (center) celebrate DU’s new partnership with management team members of world-famous soccer powerhouse FC Bayern Munich (photo credit: University of Denver)

Continue reading Analysis: DU’s New Partnership with FC Bayern Munich is Very, Very Exciting

Pioneers underclassmen put Chargers out to pasture in dominant home opening shutout

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DENVER – If David Carle retired right now, he’d be the all-time winningest coach in college hockey history (by win-percentage of course). A night after beating in-state rival Air Force 4-1, Denver returned to Magness Arena for the first time in the 2018-19 campaign and turned in another dominant 6-0 performance against a middling WCHA team in the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers to start the season 2-0. Continue reading Pioneers underclassmen put Chargers out to pasture in dominant home opening shutout

WATCH: David Carle talks head coaching debut victory with Jay Stickney

Last night, the University of Denver Pioneers opened their season with a 4-1 victory over in-state rival Air Force. It was an important victory, not only for David Carle in his regular season head coaching debut but for a young Pioneers team with a steep hill to climb in the first half of the season. Air Force returned much of the team that upset St. Cloud State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago and Denver went to Colorado Springs and clipped the Falcons’ wings. The Pioneers made a statement in their opener and will certainly be looking to keep the momentum rolling tonight against Alabama-Huntsville at Magness Arena for Homecoming and their home opener.

Watch David Carle’s postgame reaction to the victory over Air Force below: Continue reading WATCH: David Carle talks head coaching debut victory with Jay Stickney

Denver Hockey Weekend Preview: Air Force & Alabama-Huntsville

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The Denver Pioneers start the 2018-19 season on the road with a tough game against the Air Force Falcons

Welcome back Pioneers fans!  After a long summer, college hockey is finally back and it couldn’t have come any sooner.  There have been several questions surrounding the Denver Pioneers this offseason regarding their new leadership behind the bench and on the ice, but only time will tell how the young group transitions.

In the first USCHO poll of the season, the Pioneers are ranked #10 in the country.  They are joined in the top 20 by fellow NCHC members #3 Minnesota-Duluth, #5 St. Cloud State, #13 North Dakota, and #18 Western Michigan.  It’s safe to say the NCHC will be uber-competitive yet again this year. Continue reading Denver Hockey Weekend Preview: Air Force & Alabama-Huntsville

New ‘Go Denver Pioneers Spirit Fund’ to enhance DU Gameday Experience

Welcome to the Homecoming Weekend at DU!

Since LetsGoDU’s inception in 2008, our core purpose/mission has never changed  – to elevate school spirit at the University of Denver. It’s far more than just rah-rah stuff – we believe the bond between a school and its alumni and sports fans is a sacred one and that’s why we do what we do, all year long. If you are reading this far, chances are you are a serious Denver fan, and we’re so glad to have you with us in our shared community. Continue reading New ‘Go Denver Pioneers Spirit Fund’ to enhance DU Gameday Experience