Category Archives: Men’s Sports

Pioneers’ slumping offense threatens postseason hockey hopes

Denver’s Jarid Lukosevicius leads the nation in game-winning goals Photo: Carol Mackay, University of Denver

It’s not a secret.

The #7 University of Denver hockey team’s offensive production has slumped, from scoring 3.5 goals per game in first 18 games of the season to 2.0 goals per game in the last 16 games (all of the last 16 were vs. NCHC opponents).  In short, this is a bad time of year to be slumping, and the recent loss of the Gold Pan to rival Colorado College, getting swept with only a single goal to show for last weekend’s nearly 60 DU shots-on-goal, has brought the current DU offensive problems into high relief. Continue reading Pioneers’ slumping offense threatens postseason hockey hopes

Crimson & Gold Show Episode 5: Processing a lost Gold Pan and previewing the playoffs

After a long hiatus thanks to some scheduling oddities and poorly-timed vacations (lookin’ at you, Nick), the Crimson & Gold Show is back just ahead of the postseason! Denver was swept by CC over the weekend and for the first time in five years, the Tigers have claimed the trophy. It was a rough weekend for the Pios but in the end, the regular season is now over and the “season that matters” is about to start. The Pioneers will welcome archrival North Dakota to Magness Arena next weekend for the first round of the NCHC Tournament.

Click below to listen to a recap of the weekend with CC and a look ahead to UND next weekend: Continue reading Crimson & Gold Show Episode 5: Processing a lost Gold Pan and previewing the playoffs

Pioneers lay second straight egg against Tigers, lose Gold Pan for first time in five years

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Wash. Rinse. Repeat. If you had watched Friday night’s game between the #6 Denver Pioneers and Colorado College Tigers, congratulations. You effectively watched Saturday night’s at the World Arena as well. The only things that changed a night after Denver’s dud of a performance against CC at Magness Arena were the uniforms. Once again, Denver failed to generate any offense and this time went down 1-0. Continue reading Pioneers lay second straight egg against Tigers, lose Gold Pan for first time in five years

The history of the Gold Pan as told by Frank Serratore and Don Lucia

Photo courtesy of the Colorado Springs Gazette

Frank Serratore and Don Lucia grew up just six miles apart in Northeastern Minnesota and attended rival high schools. The duo were no strangers to the tradition, intensity and antics that coincide with long-standing rivalries. If anything, Serratore and Lucia embraced them. Continue reading The history of the Gold Pan as told by Frank Serratore and Don Lucia

Alex Leclerc, Tigers spoil Pioneers’ Senior Night, delay Gold Pan clinching by a night

DENVER – For just the second time since 2014, the #6 Denver Pioneers find themselves on the wrong end of a regular season game against archrival Colorado College. In Denver’s Senior Night, the final home regular season game of the 2018-19 season at Magness Arena, two first period goals from Mason Bergh and Trey Bradley and yet another stellar performance between the pipes by CC goalie Alex Leclerc were enough to sink the Pioneers and delay any clinching of the Gold Pan by one night with a 2-1 road victory. Continue reading Alex Leclerc, Tigers spoil Pioneers’ Senior Night, delay Gold Pan clinching by a night

Denver Hockey Series Preview: Colorado College

No. 6 Denver plays their final series of the regular season versus Colorado College with the Gold Pan and a record on the line

It seems like just yesterday we were talking about what the Denver Pioneers were going to do without coach Jim Montgomery.  We pondered how the defense would fare without the experience of Adam Plant and Tariq Hammond.  And what would this forward group do without future NHL stars Troy Terry, Dylan Gambrell, and Henrik Borgström in the lineup?  But as the 2018-19 Pioneers prepare for their final home game of the regular season at Magness Arena Friday, this team under coach David Carle has a lot to be proud of with a 19-8-5 record. Continue reading Denver Hockey Series Preview: Colorado College

Top 7 Reasons CC will not win the Gold Pan Giving Challenge

We have until March 17th when the Gold Pan Giving Challenge ends. Of course, we must give to the cause to ensure certain victory but here are the Big 7 reasons why CC will fall:

7.  CC trust funds still depleted from failed Fyre Festival

6. “What’s the big deal – we grew up with gold pans!”

5. ‘Winning’ is seen as offensive in pass/fail CC culture

4. The money will only go to under-the-table payments to the City Council who secretly approved the new hockey arena in CC’s Old North End neighborhood

3. Mom and dad already committed funds to the “Green New Deal”

2. CC grads too busy bussing tables to participate

1. “Really! We have a hockey team?”

You can direct your financial gift to athletics or any number of Denver initiatives. Click here to give and defeat the Kittens. The challenge ends 3/17/19.

DU Takes Five of Six NCHC Points in Omaha, Clinches Home Ice for NCHC Playoffs

DU’s Colin Staub (#24 at left) battles in the UNO crease during DU’s five-point weekend in Omaha. Photo: Omaha World Herald

The Denver Pioneers got some solid results in the last full road weekend of the NCHC regular season, defeating the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4-1 on Friday night, and tying the Mavericks 3-3 on Saturday night, with a bonus standings point for an NCHC overtime 3-on-3 winning goal at Baxter Arena in Omaha. The win and tie extended DU’s undefeated streak against Omaha to 16 games, dating back to 2015.

The #6-ranked Pioneers (19-8-5 overall, 11-8-3 NCHC) were outshot (and often outplayed) in both games by a more desperate Omaha team (9-20-3), ranked #44 in Pairwise. That said, the Pioneers were able to take more advantage of their higher skill level on scoring chances to secure the five-point weekend, putting seven regulation goals behind Omaha netminder Evan Weninger, plus the extra NCHC overtime winner, over the two games. Continue reading DU Takes Five of Six NCHC Points in Omaha, Clinches Home Ice for NCHC Playoffs

DU Men’s Basketball Season-From-Hell Ends with 86-76 Loss to Omaha

Joe Rosga (left in white) finished his DU career in fourth place on the DU all-time scoring list. Photo: Linneya Gardner

It’s all over.

The University of Denver Pioneers (8-22)  basketball team scratched, clawed, and gave everything they had to try and keep their terrible season alive, but it was just not enough, as the second-place University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks rode balanced, double-digit scoring from four veteran players to defeat the Pioneers, 86-76 at Magness Arena on Sunday.

The Denver loss, in front of only 1,100 fans, ended its very disappointing last place season with only eight wins (with two of those wins coming over NCAA Division II opponents) and 22 losses overall, DU’s worst season since a four-win, 25-loss campaign in 2006-2007. Continue reading DU Men’s Basketball Season-From-Hell Ends with 86-76 Loss to Omaha

Help DU beat CC off the ice and win the Gold Pan Giving Challenge

You may have heard about the Gold Pan Giving Challenge. It is a two week giving challenge between the University of Denver and Colorado College. We hate losing to the kittens – especially when it includes a ‘gold pan’. And, you can direct your gift to the Athletics Excellence fund, any number of other designated funds or direct your gift to a specific area of your choice.

Get into the ‘CC Week’ spirit. We gave – how about you? Go here to give and defeat the Kitties. The challenge ends 3/17/19.