DU Drops Tight Game to ORU

DU (13-14) tied the game on a Marcus Byrd 3-point  shot with 1:15 remaining but Oral Roberts University (14-14) capitalized on free throws and shots from the low block in the closing minutes to escape with a 62-58 win over DU in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Yet again, DU played close enough to win, especially in the second half, but could not get it done in the final minutes. 

DU seems to take nearly every game to wire this season and this game was no exception. Continue reading DU Drops Tight Game to ORU

An Open Letter to Colorado College Hockey Fans

Photo Credit: Kevin Kreck, The Gazette

Dear CC Fans,

I was at the World Arena last night. I saw what happened. I saw DU take it to your Tigers. As you know, the 4-1 score could have and probably should have been more like 7-1 given the balance of play. I have to give your team some credit for their effort last night. They held the hottest team and the hottest line in college hockey to just one goal through 46 minutes of play. That’s a moral victory to be proud of when your team has just 6 wins on the year. Continue reading An Open Letter to Colorado College Hockey Fans

Damien Goddard to Personally Survey Pioneer Progress

LetsGoDU founder Damien Goddard arrived in Denver on Thursday, February 18th. Mr. Goddard, the driving force behind Denver Boone, will be attending both DU-CC games and making undisclosed personal appearances in the DU area Friday with his entourage. He will be in attendance on Saturday, February 20th at Coors Field for the Battle on Blake and monitor Pioneer Nation progress.

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Denver Boone, DU’s unofficial ‘official’ mascot, experienced a rebirth under the tutelage of Mr. Goddard. The affable DU mascot still shares widespread support across the entire DU community.

Denver Extends Gold Pan Winning Streak to 7 with 4-1 Victory

Photo Credit: David Zalubowski, The Denver Post

On Thursday night, in front of a quiet (announced) 6,831 fans at the World Arena, the University of Denver Pioneers skated the Colorado College Tigers out of the building with a 4-1 Gold Pan Rivalry victory. It was Denver’s 7th straight victory over their in-state rivals from down in Colorado Springs. Continue reading Denver Extends Gold Pan Winning Streak to 7 with 4-1 Victory

DU Hockey Mailbag: The Battle on Blake is Finally Here

Photo Credit: Brent Lewis, The Denver Post

It’s been a long 9 and a half months since the Battle on Blake was announced last May. The excitement has built since then with various events and announcements. It’s finally going to culminate in, yep, you guessed it, a game. They’re actually going to play hockey at Coors Field this weekend!

If you haven’t been following LetsGoDU on Twitter, you’ve been missing out on a number of announcements regarding this weekend including what DU will be wearing against CC. If you missed that, no worries, just go ahead and click here. Continue reading DU Hockey Mailbag: The Battle on Blake is Finally Here

Denver Hockey Alums to Skate at Joy Burns Arena

On Wednesday, the University of Denver hockey program announced that a number of program alumni are going to take part in a “friendly scrimmage” at Joy Burns Arena on Friday from 6-8 PM. Admission to the scrimmage is free.

This event comes on the eve of the Battle on Blake between Colorado College and the University of Denver. It reminds some of a version of the alumni game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Colorado Avalanche happening at Coors Field the day before the Stadium Series game next weekend. Continue reading Denver Hockey Alums to Skate at Joy Burns Arena

Puck Swami: Thoughts on the Battle on Blake, (Part 2 of 2): Beyond the Ice

Photo Credit: University of Denver Athletics

Puck Swami, the Internet moniker of a longtime DU fan and alumnus, offers a two-part article this week as a prelude to the Battle on Blake. Part One focused some perspective on the ice and developed the history of the rivalry. Here, Part Two focuses on some of the off-ice elements of the rivalry and puts the outdoor game into a larger context.

In the first part of this series, we recapped a bit of the on-ice history of the DU vs. CC rivalry. But ask any fan who has watched many years of these rivalry games, and you’ll hear about some amazing off-ice history that is every bit as interesting as the games played on ice. Continue reading Puck Swami: Thoughts on the Battle on Blake, (Part 2 of 2): Beyond the Ice

Colorado College Jerseys Revealed

LetsGoDU acquired exclusive access to the design of the sweaters that Colorado College will be wear on Saturday, February 20th for the Battle on Blake. While Colorado College was trying to keep the ‘design’ a secret, we were able to secure this image. Continue reading Colorado College Jerseys Revealed

Battle on Blake Week Preview

Photo Credit: David Zadlubowski, The Denver Post 

Battle on Blake Week is finally upon us. As the anticipation and excitement builds to watch the puck drop between CC and DU at Coors Field here’s a look at the most recent meetings between the two long-time rivals. Continue reading Battle on Blake Week Preview

Better Rivalry: Denver-North Dakota or Gold Pan?

Photo Credit: Joe Paisley, Paisley Hockey

It’s not often that University of Denver hockey fans are treated to two rivalry matchups in consecutive weeks. The past weekend saw the Pioneers earn an unlikely and important sweep over the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks and this weekend, the Pioneers will play their second home-and-home of the year against Colorado College. This is just the second time since the 2007-08 season that CC and North Dakota home weekends come in back-to-back weeks. Continue reading Better Rivalry: Denver-North Dakota or Gold Pan?

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