We are supposed to be in Detroit preparing for Denver’s matchup with Worcester Regional champion (probably North Dakota) right now. We were supposed to fly out yesterday morning, bring you all the pre-Frozen Four content that you’ve grown accustomed to over the past five years – three Frozen Fours in that span make for a pretty great habit. Instead, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was canceled last month and we haven’t had any hockey – college or professional – since. We didn’t get conference tournaments, we didn’t get NCAA Regionals, and now, probably the most painful of all, there is no Frozen Four. Continue reading DU, NCHC release schedules as temporary salve ahead of would-have-been Frozen Four
As I write this on March 13, 2020, the past 48 hours have seen the entire sports world come crashing down.
As one longtime Pioneer fan (who went to DU in the late ‘60s) texted me: “Today is the worst sports day in my lifetime.” Continue reading Processing the Sudden Collapse of Sports
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and includes information from yesterday’s news and be sure to keep returning to this post as it will continue to be updated with more information as it becomes available.
The same day the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the Coronavirus (COVID-19) a ‘pandemic’, the NCAA sprung into action Wednesday afternoon. The NCAA basketball and hockey tournaments will be played without fans. And, this announcement further impacts other NCAA sports which Denver plays in the spring. Denver is scheduled to host Omaha in NCHC first-round hockey action this upcoming weekend, Denver hockey is hosting the Loveland NCAA Hockey Regionals March 27th and 28th and Denver Gymnastics is hosting NCAA Regionals April 2-4th at Magness Arena. Continue reading NCHC cancels Tournament, NCAAs still on without fans – for now
DENVER – It’s becoming a bit of a pattern now for the #11 Denver Pioneers men’s lacrosse team (3-2). Go down big early, force the defense and goaltenders to up their games, come back late but fall just short against the country’s best teams. It happened against Duke two weeks ago after Denver fell behind 7-2 after the first quarter and it happened again today against #4 North Carolina (5-0) as the Tar Heels raced out to a 9-3 halftime lead. The Pioneers would outscore UNC 10-6 in the second half and 8-2 in the fourth quarter alone but it wasn’t enough as the Pios still fell 15-13, the same score by which they fell to Duke. Continue reading Denver’s fourth-quarter rally falls short against UNC as they fall 15-13
DU held a kick-off party at Attimo Wine for Crimson and Gold Trail Saturday night, a program designed to support Denver area business owned and operated by DU Alumni. With businesses in coffee, drinks, food hospitality, and retail operations in the greater metro area (see map), patrons will receive special discounts at these DU-run businesses when they sign-up for the Passport.
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It was quite the vibe last weekend at Magness Arena when the Pioneers swept the St. Cloud State Huskies in their biggest offensive explosion since early November against Niagara. Denver has now put together an impressive six-game winning streak heading into their first road series of 2020 against Omaha. It seems like each year it takes some time for the Pioneers to find their identity and the new year gives them the fresh slate they need to come out stronger. This seems to be the case as they’re red hot and climbing the USCHO ranks now as the No. 4 team in the country.
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After the #8 Denver Pioneers failed to earn a win last weekend on the road against Arizona State, the Pioneers are now 1-4-3 in their last eight games following an 8-0-0 start to the season. But with the unranked rival Colorado College Tigers up next on the schedule, Denver has a prime opportunity to get back on track with a couple of NCHC wins. The Tigers return to Denver on Friday as keepers of the Gold Pan trophy for the first time since 2014.
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It was another difficult weekend for No. 4 Denver who went 0-1-1 against North Dakota. They averaged almost 30 shots vs sophomore goaltender Adam Scheel who only let in two goals all weekend en route to earning NCHC Goaltender of the Week honors. Denver wasn’t able to capitalize on the power play and also had issues staying out of the penalty box. In close games like these with rivals like the Fighting Hawks, it comes down to who makes the most mistakes and the Pioneers did just that. Following a game in which coach David Carle called “embarrassing for us all around,” the Pioneers host the No. 20 Western Michigan Broncos who have won five of their last seven games.
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Although the #2/#1 Denver Pioneers got off to solid starts last weekend at Minnesota Duluth, they weren’t able to hold on in either game going 0-1-1 for the series, though they did earn the extra NCHC point in the shootout on Friday. Head coach David Carle met with the media on Thursday and said “to get punched in the face and in the mouth and see how you get back up is a healthy thing,” describing the Pioneers’ learning experience going up against one of college hockey’s top teams. Denver hosts the #9 North Dakota Fighting Hawks this weekend – already the Pios’ third top-ten series of the season – who are riding a five-game winning streak so it should make for another thrilling NCHC matchup.
After a big sweep of the Boston College Eagles, the Pioneers had a week off to rest before hosting the Niagara Purple Eagles for the Pios’ 70th Anniversary Weekend. 170 Denver Hockey alumni are expected to be in town for the celebration. Meanwhile, on the ice, Denver is having a fantastic start to the season with a record of at 6-0-0. The penalty kill is hot at 96%, they have five players averaging at least a point-per-game, and freshman Magnus Chrona is one of the best goalies in college hockey right now. The Pioneers remain No. 1 in the USCHO poll with 46 first-place votes with conference games right around the corner.