Oct. 25, 2014
WHERE WE WERE/ARE/AND ARE GOING...
â€¢ Denver improved to 3-0 with a road-opening win over Duluth in game one.
â€¢ DU will look to sweep two-straight opponents to open up the season for the first time since 1999-00, when Denver began the campaign by sweeping Omaha (4-1,5-1) and Michigan Tech (away, 5-2,5-2).
â€¢ The Pioneers will return to Magness Arena next weekend for homecoming weekend against [6/6] Boston College.
DENVER IN THE POLLS...
â€¢ The Pioneers are currently 13 in the USA Hockey Magazine Poll and No. 11 in the USCHO.com Poll.
â€¢ Denver was ranked No. 15 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Preseason Poll and No. 18 in the USCHO.com Preseason Poll.
â€¢ DU finished the 2013-14 season ranked 15/17 in the two polls.
THE MONTH OF THE PUMPKIN...
â€¢ Denver is 62-26-6 in the month of October since the 2001-02 campaign.
â€¢ The Pioneers have played .500 hockey or better in the month of October every season since the 2000-01 campaign.
WHO'S BACK IN THE CRIMSON AND GOLD...
â€¢ The Pioneers return 21 letterwinners from the team that finished 20-16-6 a year ago, while only losing five letterwinners.
â€¢ DU head coach Jim Montgomery replaced his five lettermen lost with like-for-like freshmen, as the Pioneers welcome two forward, two defensemen and a goaltender to the program.
SCOUTING MINNESOTA DULUTH...
â€¢ Coming off a pair of series splits to open up the season, UMD is averaging four goals a game heading into this weekend.
â€¢ Duluth has scored six power play goals in 31 opportunities.
â€¢ Sophomore Dominic Toninato leads Duluth with seven points on five goals and a pair of helpers.
â€¢ Head coach Scott Sandelin is in his 15th season with a 249-248-67 record to his name.
â€¢ This weekend marks Duluth's fifth and sixth matchups vs. ranked opponents in as many games.
KEEPING IT OUT OF THE NET...
â€¢ On Oct. 17-18 vs. RPI, Denver held its opponents to a goal or less for the second-consecutive opening series of the season (0 last year) and for the third time in program history (beat Maine 2-0, 3-1 in 2007).
NCHC BEGINS SECOND SEASON...
â€¢ Denver and the rest of the NCHC will begin its second season together in 2014-15.
â€¢ The National Collegiate Hockey Conference was founded in the summer of 2011 when six institutions bonded together to form a collection of some of the most notable college hockey programs in the nation. Just a few months later, the conference grew to eight teams and established the foundation for this prestigious group of institutions. Built on the principles of excellence both on and off the ice, the NCHC is committed to fostering an environment of integrity, sportsmanship and competition.
â€¢ The Pioneers were picked fourth in the NCHC Preseason Poll that was released on Sept. 25.
C IS FOR CAPTAIN...
â€¢ Head coach Jim Montgomery named junior winger Grant Arnold
captain in June.