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 Defeats Air Force 4-1 in David Carle’s Debut as Head Coach

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The Pioneers came into Cadet Ice Arena Friday night ready to compete

After a long off-season, the Denver Pioneers were certainly excited to get back to work Friday night in Colorado Springs against the Air Force Falcons.  With half of the top six forwards being rookies, it was difficult to predict how the team would play, but chemistry was there. Continue reading Denver Defeats Air Force 4-1 in David Carle’s Debut as Head Coach

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

Homecoming Weekend – It’s that time again!

This upcoming weekend, October 12th – 14th, marks another DU Homecoming and a great chance for students, families, DU faculty and staff along with alumni to cheer on the Pioneers. The weather forecast shows cold weather clearing out Saturday and sunny weather in the 50’s on Saturday for Hocktoberfest – with rapidly falling temperatures.

Hocktoberfest will again feature live music, food and, of course, beer before the game. And, like last year there will be a complimentary scarf and Denver cup.

If you are a last minute planner, there are tickets still a few tickets left for this upcoming weekend. Continue reading Homecoming Weekend – It’s that time again!

Virginia Powers Past Pioneers, 3-0

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Just hours after being ranked the number one team in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer, the Denver Pioneers (10-1-2) fell to a very talented University of Virginia (7-1-2) side. The Pioneers were unsettled from the start and unprepared for Virginia’s size, tempo and ball control. Daryl Dike, a 6’3″ 225 skilled freshman forward from Oklahoma, put Virginia in the lead at 27:03 of the first half off a Scott Devoss deflection as Denver struggled to clear the ball from the box. Four minutes later, the Cavilers struck again on a strike off a Nathaniel Croft corner. Virginia’s Simeon Okoro buried the cross at 31:19 to give Virginia a 2-0 advantage. Denver started to move the ball into the Cavalier side of the field the final 10 minutes of the first half but were out-shot 7-0 in the first 45 minutes.

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Denver Volleyball Sweeps the Dakotas

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Denver volleyball (16-1, 5-0 Summit) just keeps rolling. A weekend sweep of South Dakota (3-0) and North Dakota (3-1) has the Pioneers sitting in a first place tie (Omaha is also 5-0) heading toward another 20-win season. And, with 4-consecutive Summit League titles, the Pioneers traveled this weekend to the Dakotas with a target on their backs and returned unscathed.

The sweep of South Dakota (11-7, 5-1 Summit) Friday night was memorable because it was only the 4th match the Yotes have lost at Sanford Coyote Sports Center since it opened in 2016. Twelve  aces each by Becca Latham and Lydia Bartolo along with Ellie Anderson’s 22 assists keyed the Pioneer sweep – 25-23, 25-19 and 25-23.

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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.

Denver Slips by Fort Wayne Behind Shinyashiki’s Brace

Andre Shinyashiki did it again. On a damp, cool evening at CIBER Field, Shinyashiki gave the Pioneers (10-0-2, 2-0-1 Summit) a 1-0 second half lead with his 20th goal of the season. Then, in the final minutes, as the Mastodons (6-5-1, 0-2-0 Summit) pressed for the equalizer, Shinyashiki converted his 21st goal on a counter-attack dagger.

The Pioneers controlled midfield the first half but could not create a successful scoring opportunity. However, ten minutes into the second half, Andre Shinyashiki scored after
Stefan DeLeone stole the ball from a Mastodon defender and sent a thru ball to Jacob Stensson and over to Shinyashiki for the left foot finish.

The Pioneers continued to press offensively until midway through the final period when Fort Wayne started to create scoring opportunities. The Pioneers fell back into their own defensive end as Fort Wayne pressed their players forward, controlled the ball and generated six corner kicks in the final 20 minutes.

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A steady rain fell during the second half of the contest

But, with 2:11 to go, DU struck on the counter. DU’s Destan Norman sent a fast break pass to a streaking Andre Shinyashiki who send a shot off the keeper into the net – his 21st goal for the season. Shinyashiki now has 10 more goals than his closest NCAA scoring rival.

Denver could muster only 7 shots-on-goal for the game to 2 for the Mastodons. The story once again was Andre Shinyashiki scoring all Denver’s goals. Denver continues to play with fire when protecting 1-goal leads and pulling midfielders and backs deep into their own end but Franks has confidence in his defense. It has been six games with only one Pioneer player scoring (DeLeone) other than Andre Shinyashiki – and that must be a concern for Coach Franks and his staff as well.

Will Palmquist started in goal for the Pioneers for his second consecutive match and earned his second consecutive shutout win. Kenny Akamatsu did not play for Denver.

The Pioneers have a big non-conference match against Virginia on Monday, October 8th in Charlottesville, Virginia at 4:00 pm mountain time.

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