Men’s Hoops Moving to Hamilton Gym to Conclude Season

On Tuesday,  Denver men’s basketball announced the move from Magness Arena to Hamilton Gym for the balance of the season. Hamilton Gym has a capacity of 2,000 fans  – well above the current crowds for men’s basketball of 800-1,200 spectators. This venue decision applies to the remaining three games and has not been decided as a long-term option for the future of men’s hoops. Continue reading Men’s Hoops Moving to Hamilton Gym to Conclude Season

Pioneers Support Vote to Extend College Soccer Season

A new proposal discussed at recent NCAA meetings would reduce the college soccer regular-season schedule – for both the men and women – from 25 to 23 total matches but would expand the campaign across the entire school year. The first half would consist of 13 games in the fall and end around Thanksgiving before picking back up in the spring with nine more matches. In DU’s case, non-conference games would likely be held in the fall and conference matches and championships would be held in the spring. The College Cup would fall between lacrosse’s Championship Weekend which coincides with Memorial Day and baseball’s College World Series. Three exhibitions would be spread around the year, as opposed to the current setup of five meaningless exhibition games all set in the spring offseason. Continue reading Pioneers Support Vote to Extend College Soccer Season

Denver swept by Minnesota Duluth in uninspired 4-1 loss

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DENVER – The #4 Denver Pioneers (17-6-5, 7-5-4-3) are a top-10 team for a reason. They have talent up and down their lineup, they have depth at every position, and their ability to play a 200-foot game of hockey is nearly unmatched. It’s for those reasons that their record is as good as it is this late in the season. But this weekend, especially in the second game of their series with the #10 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (15-9-2, 10-4-2-0), the Pioneers lacked those very same factors en route to losing 4-1 as the Bulldogs finished off the sweep at Magness Arena. It’s the first time the Pioneers were swept at home since St. Cloud State managed the feat in December 2015. Continue reading Denver swept by Minnesota Duluth in uninspired 4-1 loss

Pioneers fall to shorthanded Bulldogs as unbeaten streak ends at 11

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DENVER – The #10 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (14-9-2, 9-4-2-0) came to Denver shorthanded. Coming into Friday night’s game against the #4 Denver Pioneers (17-5-5, 7-4-4-3), it was unknown whether star UMD defensemen Scott Perunovich and Dylan Samberg would play in either game this weekend. As it turned out, Perunovich was healthy enough to play but Samberg was not which left the Bulldogs with a short defensive core that saw them rotate 3-4 blueliners throughout much of the evening. It would not matter, though, as the Bulldogs played well enough and got enough of a boost from an officiating controversy a Brett Stapley game misconduct (referees Ryan Hersey and Joe Sullivan made their first return to Denver since their UMass-Amherst debacle) to win 3-2 at Magness Arena. Continue reading Pioneers fall to shorthanded Bulldogs as unbeaten streak ends at 11

Denver Hockey Series Preview: Minnesota Duluth

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It’s been quite the start to 2020 for the #5 Denver Pioneers.  Dating back to December, the Pios haven’t lost in their last 11 games.  And last week’s series against Miami may have been one of their strongest defensively.  Holding the RedHawks to under 23 shots in both contests, Denver possessed the puck well and only took three penalties all weekend keeping Miami’s hot power play off the ice.  When David Carle met with the media this week, he said the difference between his team now and a few months ago is that they’re better at growing after each game.  Now, Denver faces #10 Minnesota Duluth and #2 North Dakota in back-to-back series and will have an opportunity to keep this roll going against two of the best teams in the country.

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After Fast Start, Denver Stumbles to South Dakota, 93-87

Denver (5-18, 1-8 Summit League) raced out to a 26-16 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, only to follow an old, familiar script the balance of the game. The South Dakota Coyotes pulled even 41-41 at the half and pulled away in the second twenty minutes. The visitors scored 38 points in the paint along with 26 fast-break-points. South Dakota doubled Denver’s 3-point shooting, 10-5. The teams (and fans) were tortured with 71 total free throws which made the game nearly two-and-a-half hours long. Continue reading After Fast Start, Denver Stumbles to South Dakota, 93-87

Kohen Olischefski leads Denver to first NCHC road sweep of season in Miami (the one in Ohio)

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Since the 1-4-3 streak from November 8 through December 7 against Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota, Western Michigan, and Arizona State, Denver has not lost. That’s a stretch of 10 games in which Denver has gone 8-0-2 that was kickstarted by a sweep of Colorado College in the first home-and-home rivalry series of the season. This stretch continued this weekend for the #5 Denver Pioneers (17-4-5, 7-3-4-3) as they swept the 7th-place Miami RedHawks (6-14-4, 3-9-2-1) with 3-2 and 5-2 victories in Oxford, Ohio. Continue reading Kohen Olischefski leads Denver to first NCHC road sweep of season in Miami (the one in Ohio)

Denver Hockey Series Preview: Miami

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Whether you saw it coming or not, the Pioneers had their hands full last weekend with Omaha.  The Pioneers tied the Mavericks in both games but they came away with the extra points in the standings to pull within two points of Minnesota Duluth.  Omaha has now given North Dakota and Denver a run for their money in back to back weekends and is earning a reputation of being a hard out.  Come NCHC Tournament time, Omaha will not be a team that anybody wants to run into in the first round. This weekend, the Pioneers bring their nine-game unbeaten streak to Oxford, Ohio to face the Miami RedHawks.

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