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Denver vs. UNO: What to Expect

Photo Credit: Sasha Kandrach

The No. 7 Denver Pioneers are scheduled to host the No. 15 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5th. The second meeting of 2016 between the Pioneers and Mavericks occurs with notable differences thanks to the discrepancy in recent results from both teams. Continue reading Denver vs. UNO: What to Expect

Nebraska-Omaha’s Baxter Arena Slip Sliding Away

In a stunning new report, a geotechnical firm in Lincoln, Nebraska, Ferris Engineering Partners, has identified serious problems with the support piers for the new University of Nebraska-Omaha Baxter Arena.

The northwest corner of the 81 million dollar multipurpose facility has sunk 3.5 inches in the last year. The firm is predicting a doubling over each subsequent year. The risk longer term is a total collapse of the facility. Continue reading Nebraska-Omaha’s Baxter Arena Slip Sliding Away

Race for 20 Starts in Kalamazoo

Photo: NCHC Photograph

For a University of Denver team loaded with talent and one of the top five hockey programs in the nation, winning 20 games was almost a ‘given’. But, following a brutal December (0-4-0), the Pioneers started off after the holiday break with a pair of hard fought ties against Notre Dame. Continue reading Race for 20 Starts in Kalamazoo

DU Hockey Mailbag: Stretch Run

Photo Credit: John Leyba, The Denver Post

Whew…what an incredible couple of weeks. DU hockey swept North Dakota two weeks ago and then swept the Kittens including a 4-1 victory at Coors Field at the Battle on Blake. This was probably the best two week stretch in the Jim Montgomery era and probably the best stretch in the last 5 years. Continue reading DU Hockey Mailbag: Stretch Run

LetsGoDU ‘Big Event’ Super Survey

Puck Swami challenged DU to put on Big Events in his article Think Big, Denver . So we have put together the LetsGoDU Big Event Super Survey. In the survey, we provide a Big Event concept and venue. Of course, we know that it takes years to work out schedules and plan such events, but we wanted to paint a picture of what it would take to create such an event that would draw local and regional interest.

Vote for your favorite option and feel free to comment with any other ideas you might have.

The LetsGoDU Big Event Super Survey ends Wednesday, March 2nd.

From the Desk of LetsGoDU

LetsGoDU just completed one of the most exciting stretches of coverage since we returned in September. Over the past two weeks DU hockey faced rivals North Dakota and Colorado College in back-to-back weeks. During the stretch between February 7th and February 22nd, we published over 40 articles, mostly covering hockey but other topics of athletic interest as well. Continue reading From the Desk of LetsGoDU

UPDATE: Iconic Banner Mega-Boone, FOUND

Via his Facebook page, Denver Boone announced that Mega-Boone, the huge 20×25 foot iconic banner portraying the Walt Disney-created illustration of Boone, was found and returned to safety.

This announcement comes on the heels of a LetsGoDU report and a follow-up Fox 31 story about Boone’s ejection from the Battle on Blake and subsequent loss of Mega-Boone. Continue reading UPDATE: Iconic Banner Mega-Boone, FOUND

Three Pioneers Capture NCHC Player of the Week Honors

Photo Credit: DU Athletics

The NCHC announced today that Danton Heinen, Dylan Gambrell, and Will Butcher received conference player of the week honors. Heinen and Gambrell were named offensive player and rookie of the week, respectively, for the second week in a row while Butcher was named defenseman of the week. Continue reading Three Pioneers Capture NCHC Player of the Week Honors

Denver Wins Battle on Blake, Sweeps Gold Pan Season Series

In front of a record 35,144 fans at Coors Field, the No. 10 University of Denver Pioneers beat in-state rival, the unranked Colorado College Tigers, 4-1 to cap a memorable Battle on Blake. In the process, the Pioneers swept the season series with the Tigers and improved their record against the team from Colorado Springs to 8-0 in the last two years. Continue reading Denver Wins Battle on Blake, Sweeps Gold Pan Season Series

Sights and Sounds from Battle on Blake Media and Practice Day

When the day started, I thought I was going to write a feature length article about what happened at Coors Field today. After the evening and events were over, I realized there was too much good content to pare it down to just an article. So instead, I’m just going to include many of the great quotes and pictures that I got at today’s media and practice day ahead  of tomorrow’s Battle on Blake.

So without further ado:

On the Battle on Blake Atmosphere

“I expect an unbelievable atmosphere. I think it’s going to be really special for both teams and I think it’ll be special for the state of Colorado in general. The atmosphere is going to be like something none of us have ever experienced.”
Grant Arnold

“I mean it’s a great rivalry especially in this atmosphere. It’s unbelievable. We’re really looking forward to being able to play this game with our teammates and in front of our fans. It’s just going to be a great experience.”
Gabe Levin

“You don’t get many opportunities to play in an outdoor game, so we’re all excited and we’re just going to take it in as much as we can.”
Danton Heinen

“I would love to play in this kind of venue with a rich tradition rivalry like this game is. I mean it’s going to be unbelievable here.”
Jim Montgomery

“I’ve never played outdoors before being from California, so it was a little different for me. After a while it’s just the same game.”
Trevor Moore

View of the ice from the concourse behind home plate.
View of the ice from the concourse behind home plate

On Battle on Blake Expectations

“You know it’s three points that we need. We need to get a victory. This is so fun, but if you don’t win, it’s not going to be as good of a memory, so that’s going to be a big focus. Tomorrow is a hockey game we need to win.”
Grant Arnold

“I think the game will be different because the noise will be different. Skating on the ice here, you’re used to skating on cement and this ice is on stilts a little bit. You feel a vibration under your skates. You never feel that. I think the shadows here are a little bit different, although we saw that in Providence when it was all over the place.”
Jim Montgomery

“I think it’ll be more of a grind it out type of game. Less crisp passes and more getting to the net front with a few more mistakes.”
Trevor Moore

Denver practicing on the ice under the lights at Coors Field
Denver practicing on the ice under the lights at Coors Field

On Expected Game and Ice Conditions

“I thought the ice was really good. A lot better than I expected. They did a great job. I think there were a couple swails in there, but after a couple more zamboni runs to build it up a bit, I think it’ll be great tomorrow night.

“I flipped the puck up in the air because I was wondering if that could be some kind of strategy, but the rink is perfectly centered that when you flip it up, it’s never in the lights. It’s not like a fly ball.”
Jim Montgomery

“It’s a different feel than I thought it would be. I thought it would feel smaller, but it’s so big out here. It’s different, but it’s exciting. I think the ice was about what we expected. There was a little wear and tear as we went along, but it’s to be expected for outdoor hockey.
– Trevor Moore

About 2/3 into their allotted ice time, the Pios took a break for a team picture.
About 2/3 into their allotted ice time, the Pios took a break for a team picture.

On Practice and Media Day

“For me, being a Rockies fan and Colorado native, just walking out there for warm ups is going to be a really special feeling. Today, we’re going to try to get some fun out of the way and tomorrow will be more business like. ”
Grant Arnold

“It was a lot of fun. There’s not a lot of times in my life that I feel like a kid anymore, but I felt like a kindergartner on the first day of school, anxious like you didn’t know what you were going to get. But after a while,  then you started to focus on how this game is going to be different than what we’re used to.

“We wanted to get here so that the guys could get all the excitement out so tomorrow we can be all business and get ready for a hockey game.”
Jim Montgomery

“We didn’t want to wait. We were excited to get out here. We just wanted to see what it was like. It’s beautiful out here. it’s a really cool experience so we’re all just excited about it.”
Trevor Moore on waiting to take the ice

View of the ice from DU's student section
View of the ice from DU’s student section

On Game One in Colorado Springs

“Last night, my focus as the captain and the other leaders on the team was to be really focused and be a really disciplined team. Last night everyone was thinking about Saturday and my message was how committed are we going to be as a group. Can we play another good 60 minutes when a lot of people’s minds are on Saturday. And we did. We responded well.”
Grant Arnold

“I think they did a good job keeping us to the outside. We had a lot of zone time, but we were to the outside. Once we started penetrating the middle of the ice, I think we got more opportunities.”
– Danton Heinen

“I feel good today. I don’t know, it was weird. I was feeling good all day and then in warmups I started to feel a little something and I thought it was just nerves. Then in the first period it just wouldn’t go away.”
Tanner Jaillet after getting sick last night

General Thoughts

“Coming off of two crazy games against North Dakota with an electric atmosphere, Monty’s message to us all week was be pros all week. Try to practice like a pro and act like a pro.”
Grant Arnold on the week’s preparation

“From the start of the year, it’s definitely been Grant. He’s consistently been just a positive, motivating influence. That’s the main thing behind being vocal on the bench. It’s not just to get guys motivated, but also it’s a long game and you have to stay focused on every individual shift. You just want to make sure guys are doing that and I think that staying vocal sort of helps everyone stay in the moment and focus on their jobs for each shift.”
Gabe Levin on the increased bench communication

“I don’t think we adjusted much. I think we just have a different mind set. Everybody’s bought into the process and doing whatever they can to help the team win.”
Danton Heinen on the first and second half season differences

“We’re just going to do more of what we did in the third period last night and have more of a purpose getting to their net-front and then being able to shoot pucks quicker so that they don’t get blocked or that they find lanes or sticks at the net.”
Jim Montgomery on Saturday’s strategy