DU Hockey Mailbag: The Real March Madness

Ain’t playoff hockey great? We’ve had two weeks of it already and there is more coming this weekend in Albany, NY; Worcester, MA; Cincinnati, OH; and St. Paul, MN. Of course, the regional the matters most to us here at LetsGoDU is the West region in St. Paul where the No. 7 University of Denver Pioneers will face the No. 12 Boston University Terriers on Saturday. The winner of that game will play the winner of the St. Cloud vs Ferris State matchup. Continue reading DU Hockey Mailbag: The Real March Madness

What DU Can Learn from Lumberjacks, Crusaders, & Bulldogs

Photo Credit: Jim Cowsert, USA TODAY Sports

When watching the first weekend of March Madness, one couldn’t help but see other basketball programs that might offer the University of Denver men’s basketball program some hope. Here are three teams that caught my interest and how their performances may provide DU with a roadmap for future success. Continue reading What DU Can Learn from Lumberjacks, Crusaders, & Bulldogs

Notre Dame Moves Again – What does it mean for DU?

Notre Dame is departing Hockey East for the Big 10. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have submitted paperwork to Hockey East advising them of their intention to leave the conference. The only thorny outstanding issue was the Notre Dame TV network but that has likely been resolved. College Hockey News’ article further speculates that this move opens the door for  Arizona State to move to the Big 10 as well. The only issue to be resolved is the split of PAC 12 – Big 10 TV money. Continue reading Notre Dame Moves Again – What does it mean for DU?

Never Made the Tournament Club – 2016

Sure all our brackets are busted. But at least 68 teams got to go to the dance. Then, some of us have never been asked.

Alas, the John Evan’s schools remain in the Never Made the Tournament Club (NMTC) – 2016. Denver made it to the Summit Semis and then got knocked out by South Dakota State, the eventual winner of the Summit League automatic bid. A 56 year drought. Northwestern was a 9 seed in the Big 10 Tournament and immediately got bounced by #8 Big 10 seed Michigan. A 76 year drought. Ironically, the former coach at Northwestern, Bill Carmody, who ran the Princeton system and was fired after 13 years at NU, immediately went to Holy Cross and won a tournament bid this year. The last time Holy Cross received a bid was 1953. Despite not getting the Northwestern program to the NCAA tournament, Carmody took the Wildcats to the NIT four years in a row before his firing.  Continue reading Never Made the Tournament Club – 2016

Lax Winning Streak Piques Interest

The DU men’s lacrosse team recently extended their winning streak to an impressive 20 games (National Championship included). This streak begs the question: where does this rank among other notable NCAA winning streaks? Continue reading Lax Winning Streak Piques Interest

Early Look: Boston University Terriers

Photo Credit: Melissa Wade, USCHO

Coming into the NCHC Frozen Faceoff weekend, it was already determined that the No. 7 University of Denver Pioneers had clinched a spot in the NCAA Tournament. At #6 in the PairWise, it was impossible for DU to drop out of the top 16 even if they lost twice. Continue reading Early Look: Boston University Terriers

NCAA Tournament Set: Denver vs Boston U in Round One

The NCAA Tournament bracket was announced this morning and to no one’s surprise, Denver will be traveling back to the Minneapolis-St. Paul region next weekend for first and potentially second round action. Continue reading NCAA Tournament Set: Denver vs Boston U in Round One

Winless Weekend at Frozen Faceoff will Help Pioneers

photo credit: Maddie MacFarlane

While the No. 6 Denver Pioneers return winless from the NCHC Frozen Faceoff, the team walks away having faced adversity and greatly challenged by its opponents in the tournament to aid in overall progress moving forward. Continue reading Winless Weekend at Frozen Faceoff will Help Pioneers

Denver and North Dakota Tie in Meaningless Consolation Game

Photo Credit: Sasha Kandrach

In an altogether meaningless NCHC third-place game for NCAA Tournament purposes, the No. 6 University of Denver Pioneers and the No. 1 University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks skated to a 1-1 tie at the Target Center. Thanks to the tie, Denver will likely stay at #6 in the PairWise Rankings while North Dakota will finish no worse than #3. Continue reading Denver and North Dakota Tie in Meaningless Consolation Game

DU Lax Powers Past Ohio State in Second Half, 15-6

Ten months ago, Ohio State came to Denver and surprised the Pioneers with a 5-0 first quarter scoring run at the NCAA quarterfinals. DU responded with a 5-0 run of their own and went on to win the game and advance, 15-13, to the Final Four and become eventual national champions.

Ohio State rolled into Denver Saturday afternoon with a chance to exact revenge. They hung close the first half, again, as both teams played stifling defense but DU’s offense got untracked in the second half. DU coasted to the 15-6 victory at Peter Barton Stadium. Continue reading DU Lax Powers Past Ohio State in Second Half, 15-6

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