Looking at the stats for the 60 D1 hockey programs one gains valuable insights as well as unexpected surprises.
Wouldn’t it be great if Trevor Moore and Danton Heinen were leading the nation in scoring? Surely, DU, or any team for that matter, would be one of the top teams in the country with a tandem of national scoring leaders. Well, not so fast. New Hampshire has the top two D1 scorers, forwards Andrew Poturalski and Tyler Kelleher, and they are not in the top 20. Continue reading Stats Don’t Count? Go Figure
Many of DU’s athletes compete in relative anonymity. Still, this year has shown some eye opening individual and team performances from DU women.
- Gymnast Nina McGee, performing a floor exercise at a home event this weekend at Magness Arena, scored a perfect 10. The DU team went on to defeat Southern Utah and West Virginia.
- Paige Bradley, a senior guard, scored her 1,000th Pioneer point on January 1st and then led the Pioneers to two consecutive victories this week over North Dakota State and IPFW. She scored a career high 31 against NDSU and chipped in 13 Saturday in an overtime home win.
Continue reading Perfect 10 for DU Women Athletes
With 19 seconds left, the University of Nebraska-Omaha pulled goalie, Kirk Thompson for the extra skater. Fortunately for the University of Denver Pioneers, the Mavericks couldn’t convert with the extra skater on the ice and were able to hold onto a tight 4-3 victory. Continue reading Pioneers Hold Off Late Omaha Comeback Bid, Complete Sweep
This basketball game was not for the faint of heart Pioneer basketball fan – 3 for 17 from the 3-point line, 9 of 27 from the field, and trailing by double digits in rebounds – the Pioneers had a brutal first half. The Pios (9-8) dug a big hole against a good team, IPFW (14-3). Despite a second half rally and a brief DU lead, 58-57 with 3 minutes to go, the Pioneers could not hold on for the win. Continue reading Ice Age First Half Gives Mastodons Life, 64-65
As temperatures plunge for the NFL Vikings – Seahawks wildcard game this Sunday, in Minneapolis, the response to former mascot Joe Juranitch has heated up. As reported by LetsGoDU earlier this week, Juranitich, who played the mascot ‘Ragnar the Viking’ for 21 years, received his unconditional release this fall after seeking a hefty pay raise from $1,500 per game to $20,000 per game. On a Fox pregame video prior to last weekend’s Viking-Greenbay game, Juranitich ditched his Viking helmet & horns and donned a cheesehead – enough to boil blood in Minnesota. Continue reading Mascot Controversy Continues to Rage
Link to game one article from Omaha.com – Mavericks Today. A view from the opposition. A full series summary tomorrow in LetsGoDU.
One under reported story from the DU – North Dakota series in Grand Forks in early December was told by Minneapolis City Pages. North Dakota fans, upset about the November nickname change re-branding the school to the Fighting Hawks, booed when the PA announcers uttered the new bird name. The new name was decided two weeks prior to the DU series when North Dakota was playing back-to-back road series. DU got to hear the first expression of the fans displeasure. If you missed it, here it is:
Continue reading BOO Birds
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Heading into this weekend versus University of Nebraska – Omaha, the Pioneers have been one of the biggest surprises in college hockey – unfortunately, for their on-ice results versus preseason expectations. LetsGoDU looked at the USCHO Preseason Hockey Poll and compared these predictions to the recent January 4th USCHO Regular Season Poll.
The biggest improvement was shown by current #2 Quinnipiac, originally predicted to finish 18th – they ‘moved up’ +16 places. Other big winners include St Cloud (+13), UMass-Lowell (+6), St. Lawrence (+6), and unranked Notre Dame that moved up to 14th (>+6). The second half of the season will show if these programs can sustain this improvement or will they fall back to earth, particularly Quinnipiac. Continue reading Mid-Season Hockey Poll Shows Winners & Losers