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Go Denver Pioneers Spirit Fund at 75% of Year-End Goal, $635 Needed by Dec. 31

A few weeks ago, back on October 11th, the “Go Denver Pioneers Spirit Fund” was launched publicly, with a $2,500 matching funds challenge for donations made prior to December 31, 2018.

We’re happy to report that the Let’s Go DU blog community has already made $1,865 in donations since that date, putting us about 75% of the way to the $2,500 in our matching funds goal set by generous donors.

We’re appealing to you to raise the remaining $635 before the end of the year to gain the matching funds! 

You can read more about the fund here, as well as donate online directly here.

We’re excited about our progress toward the $2,500 matching challenge, and hope you’ll help put us over the top as we near the end of the month!

Thank you for your support of this DU Pioneer spirit initiative!

“Go Denver Pioneers Spirit Fund” at 65% of year-end matching funds goal

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A few weeks ago, back on October 11th, the “Go Denver Pioneers Spirit Fund” was launched publicly, with a $2,500 matching funds challenge for donations made prior to December 31, 2018. Donations to this fund go directly to the University of Denver for school spirit initiatives.

We’re happy to report that the Let’s Go DU blog community has already made $1,615 in donations since then, putting us over halfway to the $2,500 matching funds goal.

We’re appealing to you to raise the remaining $885 before the end of the year! And since today is “Giving Tuesday”, it’s a perfect day to make your tax-deductible donation. You can read more about the fund here, as well as donate online here: Go Denver Pioneers Spirit Fund

We’ll continue to make updates on our progress toward the $2,500 matching challenge. 

Thank you for your support of this DU Pioneer spirit initiative! Go Pioneers!

Denver Hockey Series Preview: St. Cloud State

Photo courtesy of MinnesotaHockeyMag.com

The Denver Pioneers and St. Cloud State Huskies battle this weekend for early NCHC supremacy

It was all positive vibes last weekend when the Pioneers swept the Western Michigan Broncos.  Jarid Lukosevicious put on a show with five goals which earned him the NCAA’s first star of the week and the NCHC’s offensive player on the week.  Defenseman Ian Mitchell also won NCHC honors as the defenseman of the week. Continue reading Denver Hockey Series Preview: St. Cloud State

Just how safe is Denver and the DU Neighborhood?

You see it every day in the news. The message? Crime is on the rise in Denver and around Colorado.

According to an article in 5280, “From 2007 to 2017, violent crime (homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) jumped by 46.3 percent.” Denver is reported to be among the top 20 cities for car theft. The NextDoor website reports numerous package thefts, car break-ins, armed robberies and reports ‘suspicious people’ prowling neighborhoods. Continue reading Just how safe is Denver and the DU Neighborhood?

The Denver Proscess: Reload, Reconstruct and Reproduce Excellence

Photo courtesy of Shannon Valerio/Denver Athletics

It’s no secret that the University of Denver Pioneers hockey program underwent some substantial changes during the offseason. Everything from the internals of the team makeup and positions within the coaching staff, to the literal gutting of the locker room to give way to luxurious renovations.

The Pioneers didn’t just lose five influential players who each embodied the very essence of the Denver hockey culture, but the program also lost the man who reinstated Denver’s tradition of excellence. The departures of former head coach Jim Montgomery and household names in Henrik Borgström, Dylan Gambrell, Blake Hillman, Logan O’Connor, and Troy Terry are perceivably devastating.

But like the locker room, the program trusts that throughout the messy construction and inevitable setbacks, there is an accomplished and methodically assembled product that will emerge. Continue reading The Denver Proscess: Reload, Reconstruct and Reproduce Excellence

Denver opens 2018-2019 with a sloppy 6-4 exhibition win over Alberta Golden Bears

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Sophomore Ryan Barrow (#18) had a key third-period goal for Denver to send the Pioneers ahead 5-3 en route to a 6-4 exhibition win over the University of Alberta (Photo: University of Denver)

In an exhibition game that featured 10 goals, 15 power plays and 74 shots on goal between Denver and the University of Alberta, it’s pretty hard to draw many meaningful conclusions beyond the 6-4 Pioneer victory in a scrambling and at times, very sloppy exhibition opener.

DU head coach David Carle used the game as true tuneup, with all 27 DU players dressing, some major players taking the whole third period off and playing a wide variety of line combinations and defensive pairings to see what players had some chemistry together.

Alberta, the defending Canadian Champions, with six former minor league pros in its lineup with ECHL and AHL experience (legal in Canada since there are no scholarships) presented an older, bigger and stronger opponent for the Pios. Alberta has already been playing together for a month, while the Pios have only had a handful of practices coming into the exhibition.

The game was really three games in one.  In the first period of the game, DU was the better team and shut out Alberta behind goals by Michael Davies and Freshman Emilio Petterson, as the Pios looked to be largely in control, pleasing the large student turnout. 

But in the second period, DU took a number of bad penalties, and the tables quickly turned as the Golden Bears vaulted ahead to take a 3-2 lead behind a pair of power play goals, until DU senior Jarid Lukosevicius tied the game 3-3 on a walk-in with about a minute left in the second.

In the third period, DU took over the game again with a pair of early goals to essentially seal the win, making the score 5-3, with Ryan Barrow roofing a PPG in the crease, and Emilio Petterson picking a corner for his second goal of the game (the eventual game winner).  DU and and Alberta traded a couple of meaningless goals late in the game to make the final 6-4.

Here’s what we learned:

  • Emilio Petterson is a highly skilled freshman, whose two goals led the Pioneers, and whose game winner was big time shot into the corner of the net after he stole the puck from an Alberta defenseman.  He will likely be a first line forward for DU this season.
  • Cole Guttman and defensemen Slava Demin also stood out with a pair of assists each. These freshmen can clearly play.
  • DU didn’t play Ian Mitchell or Jarid Lukosevicius in the third period
  • DU, one of the least penalized teams in the country last year, took nine penalties in the game, with five of the nine taken by freshmen. DU will need to clean that up in the coming weeks.
  • DU’s inexperienced and lightly recruited goalies were surprisingly adequate – Sophomore Devin Cooley played well, holding Alberta scoreless into the second period, until DU hung him out to dry with poor penalty killing in the second period.  None of the three goals scored on him were his fault. Michael Corson came on to play the third period and only let in one goal to get the win, not bad for a third-stringer freshman.
  • DU gave up 40 shots in the contest to Alberta, so defense will need to tighten in the coming weeks.

U.S.News Rankings Pose Serious Challenge to DU

Let’s face it, rankings are often arbitrary – especially when it comes to colleges and universities. However, the rankings game plays a major role in college selection as students favor high ranking universities as well as an outstanding campus experience. Equally important, parents are willing to pay a ‘premium’ for a school like DU – a school which provides a great atmosphere and has a ‘Top 100’ designation. The recent dip in DU’s rankings, 9 places, from U.S. News and World Report from 87th to 96th is cause for concern.

U.S. News gathers data from and about each school in up to 16 areas related to academic excellence. Each indicator is assigned a weight (expressed as a percentage) based on U.S. News’ judgments about which measures of quality matter most. Continue reading U.S.News Rankings Pose Serious Challenge to DU

Fight Oar Die at DU: a Pioneering sendoff

Photo courtesy Jason Evans & Fight Oar Die
Denver Pioneer head hockey coach David Carle, Chancellor Rebecca Chopp, and the media all came out Monday afternoon on campus to meet “Fight Oar Die”, the DU supported team of veterans who will row across the Atlantic this December. Also on hand was “Woobie,” the 30-foot rowboat the men hope will carry them to victory. Continue reading Fight Oar Die at DU: a Pioneering sendoff