Feb. 17, 2015
After earning two points in their two-game series at North Dakota last weekend and maintaining their Top 10 status on both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls, the DU Pioneers will be looking to recapture the Gold Pan trophy from in-state rivals Colorado College this weekend as the two NCHC squads clash in a home-and-home series.
Friday's match (7:37pm) will take place at Colorado Springs' Broadmoor World Arena and will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network as well as ESPN Denver. Tickets to Saturday's Magness Arena-staged contest (7:06pm) can be obtained by calling the Daniel L. Ritchie Center Box Office (303-871-2336) or by visiting DenverPioneers.com/tickets.
Venues/eateries set to show Friday's nationally-televised game in Metro Denver include: The Pioneer, Boone's Tavern, Crimson & Gold Tavern, South Philly Cheesesteak and Stadium Inn.
Denver has won both of its previous meetings with Colorado College by a combined score of 11-1, meaning that only a tie in either of this weekend's games is needed for DU to reclaim the Gold Pan. The Pios will be without the services of leading goal scorer Trevor Moore in Game 3 of their season series with the Tigers however, as the sophomore forward was suspended by the NCHC on Tuesday following a supplemental discipline review by the conference of Saturday's game against UND in which he received a major penalty for clipping during the first period. Moore will be back in the lineup on Saturday.
"It's obviously disappointing not to have Trevor available for Friday's game but we abide by the conference's ruling and respect the decision of the NCHC's supplementary discipline committee," says acting head coach David Carle.
Denver has won the Gold Pan nine times since the trophy was introduced in 1993, most recently in 2012-13. In 296 all-time meetings with the Tigers, the Pios are 163-116-17.
The Pioneers (16-10-2, 9-8-1-1 NCHC) enter this weekend's action ranked fifth in the NCHC Standingsand ninth on the NCAA Div. I PairWise Chart. With only six games remaining on its regular season schedule, Denver will need to make up ground on fourth-place Minnesota-Duluth (18-11-1, 10-7-1-0 NCHC) in order to attain home ice in Round 1 of the NCHC playoffs.
"We're in pretty good shape nationally but being fifth in our conference isn't good enough in our opinion," Hobey Baker Award candidate Joey LaLeggia told CHED Sports' Bob Stauffer on Tuesday. "That's something we'll be looking to improve upon in the three in-conference series we've got coming up."
Following this weekend's games against CC, the Pios will face Miami at Magness Arena on February 27 and 28 prior to wrapping up their regular season on the road at St. Cloud State on March 7 and 8.