Sports have changed. Depending on how and the way you look at things, they’ve changed for the worse or better. Friday night, expect an emotions to be part of the game plan for the game between Colorado College and Denver.
“I love it. I think we need more of that in college sports – and I think we’ve lost a little bit of that in all sports,” said CC Head Coach Mike Haviland. “The game has become too friendly at times and I think we need a little bit more of that battle and I love it.”
Game one of the annual Gold Pan series between CC and DU gets under way, Friday night at The Broadmoor World Arena. After two wins in the 2017-18 season against their arch-rival, CC is more than excited to enter the annual Gold Pan Series this weekend.
“If you can translate that to performance and not be anxious with that emotion I think it can be a great tool for success,” said goalie Alex LeClerc.
“I think we always knew we could do it but I don’t think you saw us play to our full potential, and we’re going to have to be better to knock them off,” said senior Mason Bergh. “It’s definitely a big weekend for us and we’re excited.”
“It’s DU Weekend, the big Gold Pan battle,” said goalie Alec Le Clerc. “The intensity went up a grade in practice and I think we are going to be ready for this weekend.”
The Pioneers retained the Gold Pan trophy after a 1-1-2 split but securing their first win in four years by winning the final game of the regular season series.
“It’s a pride thing – you want to be able to beat the team that’s up there,” said Bergh. “You get a lot more texts and good lucks on DU week than any other week, everyone is watching.”
The Tigers are still looking for consistency, 2-6 since December 7th, CC is focusing on playing a full 60 minute game and making sure they close of the third period with confidence.
“We focus on what we do well – ourselves – and how we can play well with the group that we have in our locker room,” said Le Clerc. “We know we can win against Denver or any other team in the country.”