Feb 21, 2014 12:26 AM by Greg Smith
#18/#17 DENVER PIONEERS (14-10-6, 8-7-3-2 NCHC)
vs. Colorado College (4-18-6, 4-9-5 NCHC)
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Puck Drop: 7:38 p.m. (MT)
Site: Denver, Colo.
Arena: Magness Arena (6,026)
Internet Stream: Live audio stream via PioneerVision
Live Stats: http://www.denverpioneers.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml
Radio: Live on Denver's 102.3 FM and 105.5 FM ESPN Radio with Jay Stickney (play-by-play) and Charlie Host (color) on the call.
TV: Nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network with Matt McConnell (play-by-play) and Jim Paradise (color) on the call.
Channels: Dish Network (158), Direct TV (221), Comcast (412/SD and 846/HD)
All-Time Series: Denver leads the all-time series vs. Colorado College 161-114-17. The Pioneers posted a 2-1 win over CC on Oct. 9 at Magness and a 1-1 tie (2-1 shootout win) at World Arena on Oct. 8 previously this season.
Last Time Out: Four different players registered scores and freshman goalie Evan Cowley made his second career start while making 33 saves as Denver posted a 4-1 win on Saturday at Omaha.
Up Next: Denver will conclude this season's edition of the Gold Pan Series with a 7:07 p.m. puck drop on Saturday night vs. Colorado College at World Arena. Saturday's game will be televised live on Altitude and broadcast live on Denver's 102.3 FM ESPN Radio.
DROPPING THE PUCK...
• Denver welcomes in-state rival Colorado College into Magness Arena for the final weekend of the season on the annual Gold Pan Series on Friday at 7:37 p.m., MT in a CBS Sports Network National Telecast. The Pioneers and Tigers will wrap up the weekend on Saturday at the World Arena in Colorado Springs with a 7:07 p.m., MT start that will be televised live on Altitude.
• Denver can clinch the Gold Pan for the second consecutive season with a win in either of this weekend's matchups as it already holds the advantage in the annual rivalry by virtue of a 1-1 tie (2-1 shootout win) on Nov. 8 at World Arena and a 2-1 victory at Magness on Nov. 9.
• Denver will be looking to keep possession of the Gold Pan Trophy for the second consecutive season after posting a 2-1-1 mark in regular season games against the Tigers in 2012-13.
• The Pioneers have captured the Gold Pan Trophy against Colorado College in four of the last five seasons overall.
• Denver leads the all-time series with Colorado College 161-114-17. The series started in 1949-50. The Pioneers are 4-4-2 in their last 10 meetings against the Tigers and 2-2-1 over the last five in the series.
• 10 of the last 13 games in the Denver-Colorado College series have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie.
• The Pioneers are 11-21-5 all-time in games played against CC at Magness Arena and 8-20-5 at World Arena in Colorado Springs.
• Denver boasts one player from Colorado Springs on its roster in 2013-14 in junior Matt Tabrum (Coronado High School).
• Currently, Denver sits in fourth place in the conference at 29 points - just one point shy of Omaha, who resides third place with 30 points. St. Cloud State resides at the top of the league standings with 36 points.
• The Pioneers are currently in the midst of a stretch, which started at St. Cloud State on Jan. 10, that will see them play seven of eight contests on enemy ice. Following this weekend's action, Denver will trek to Kalamazoo, Mich., before closing out the regular season with a two-game home series vs. Miami.
• Denver has posted a mark of 11-4-7 since being swept by Omaha on Nov. 1-2. The Pioneers were 3-5 over their initial eight games before the current 22-game stretch.
• During the recent 22-game run, Denver has outscored its opponents 59-49. Freshman Trevor Moore paces the offense with 21 points (12 goals, 9 assists) over the stretch.
• The Pioneers are 10-6-4 this season vs. non-ranked opponents entering this weekend's series against Colorado College. Denver has outscored its opponents 53-41 over those previous 20 contests. This weekend marks just the fourth time over the last nine weekends that the Pioneers have met an unranked opponent. DU is 7-3-1 in home games against non-ranked foes.
• The Pioneers are 9-5-1 on home ice this season entering the weekend's series against CC. Denver has outscored its opponents 42-31 over those previous 15 contests.
• Denver's 4-2 losses at St. Cloud (Feb. 8) and at Omaha (Feb. 14) marked the first time its has dropped back-to-back games since they were swept by Omaha on Nov. 1-2.
• Denver allowed three goals in the third period of its 4-2 loss at St. Cloud State on Feb. 8 - marking just the second time this season that it has allowed three goals over a single period.
• The Pioneers have played a total of 12 games that have required overtime this season (tied for the highest single-season total in the program's history) and 15 of their 30 contests have been decided by a single goal or ended in a tie.
• Freshman Will Butcher has amassed five points (2 goals, 3 assists) over the last five games.
• Freshman Trevor Moore has recorded a point in eight of the last 10 games overall (4 goals, 6 assists).
• Junior Daniel Doremus posted points in each game the past two weekends at St. Cloud State and at Omaha - for a total of four points (2 goals, 2 assists).
• Sophomore Quentin Shore has amassed 10 points over the last 10 games (3 goals, 7 assists) since his return from playing in the 2014 U.S. Junior World Championships in Sweden.
• Denver's combined special teams are No. 3 nationally at 56.2 (153-of-272). The Pios' penalty kill unit is No. 3 nationally at 87.9 (123-of-140) and its power play group checks in at No. 5 nationally at 22.7 (30-of-132).
• The Pioneers team offense sits at No. 40 among the national leaders with their average of 2.60 goals per game, while the defense ranks No. 6 in the nation allowing a scant 2.20 gpg.
• The Pioneers have only allowed their opponents a total of 12 power play goals over their last 92 opportunities playing against a man advantage.
• Senior goalie Sam Brittain continues as one of the nation's top net minders as he enters the weekend 10th nationally with a 2.06 goals against average, 10th in save percentage at .932 and is tied for third with four shutouts. In addition his 1714:37 of playing time is the second-most of any goalie nationally.
PIOS TAKE EARLY CONTROL OF GOLD PAN SERIES...
• Denver took control of the annual Gold Pan Series against Colorado College earlier this season as it posted a shootout win on Nov. 8 and a 2-1 victory on Nov. 9. The Pioneers, who currently hold the Gold Pan Trophy, can retain it for another season with a tie in either of the final two games of the series on Feb. 21-22.
• Denver claimed a total of five league points in the previous meetings despite being outshot by Colorado College 67-50 over the pair of contests.
• Entering this season, Denver has captured the Gold Pan Trophy in four of the last five seasons overall, including last year by virtue of its 2-1-1 regular season mark against the Tigers in 2012-13.
• Including this season's earlier results, 10 of the last 13 games in the Gold Pan Series have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie.
GOLD PAN HISTORY...
• The Gold Pan currently resides at DU. That first Gold Pan trophy featured an original rusty old gold pan from Cripple Creek, Colorado. That first trophy was lost in Denver after the 2003-2004 season.
• The current trophy was created and donated by the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mine in 2005. The Battle for the Gold Pan (also called The CC/DU Rivalry, or known locally as The Gold Pan) is a series that is played between the Colorado College Tigers and the University of Denver Pioneers in which DU leads the rivalry 161-114-17.
• It is the most played College Ice Hockey rivalry, just ahead of the Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry. According to many former players on both sides, the Gold Pan rivalry equals the intensity of the Canada vs. USA ice hockey rivalry. The two teams played against one another the first season after the University of Denver created a men's hockey team, back in the 1949/50 season. Nearly 300 NHL and other professional hockey players have passed through either schools hockey program.