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Pioneers to host North Dakota in a two-game series beginning Friday at 8:10 p.m. (MT) in a contest that will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network
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Pioneers to host North Dakota in a two-game series beginning Friday at 8:10 p.m. (MT) in a contest that will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network
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No. 10/10 Hockey Welcomes No. 6/6 North Dakota to Magness Arena this Weekend
Courtesy: Denver Athletics  
Release: 02/20/2013
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GAME #30

#10/10 DENVER PIONEERS (15-9-5, 10-7-5 WCHA)

vs. #6/6 North Dakota (16-8-6, 11-5-6 WCHA) 

Date:                      Friday, February 22, 2013

Puck Drop:             8:07 p.m. (MT)

Site:                        Denver, Colo.

Arena:                    Magness Arena (6,026)

TV:                          Nationally televised om NBC Sports Network with

                               Steve Schlanger (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (color) on the call.

Radio/Web:           102.3 FM ESPN (KDSP - Denver) with Jay Stickney (play-by-play) and Mark Rycroft (color) on the call.

Twitter:                  DU_Hockey

All-Time Series:     Denver trails 116-136-9 (first met in 1949-50)

Up Next: Following this weekend's series with vs. North Dakota, the Pioneers will take to the road for their final away series of the regular season on March      1-2 at Minnesota.  Puck drops at 7:07 p.m. (MT) for the opener on Friday, March 1 in Minneapolis.

DROPPING THE PUCK...

  • The No. 10/10 Pioneers return to action this Friday night in a nationally-televised game against No. 6/6 North Dakota beginning at 8:07 p.m. (MT). The series will conclude on Saturday night in a 7:07 p.m. puck drop that will be televised live on ROOT Sports.
  • This weekend's home series vs. No. 6/6 North Dakota will mark Denver's first two-game home series since Jan. 11-12, when it played Nebraska Omaha.
  • This weekend's series begins a stretch that will see the Pioneers play four of their final six regular season games on home ice. Denver has played five of its last six games on road ice entering the week.
  • The Pioneers series this weekend against No. 6/6 North Dakota will be the start of a tough stretch that will see Denver travel to Minneapolis for a series at No. 2/2 Minnesota next weekend.
  • Denver posted a 2-2 tie (Dec. 7) and a 6-3 loss (Dec. 8) in its most recent meeting previously this season against North Dakota in Grand Forks.
  • Denver enters the week in sole possession of seventh place in the WCHA standings with 25 points and six conference games remaining. Only six points separates first place St. Cloud (31 points) from the Pioneers and Denver sits just two points behind Wisconsin (27 points) for sixth place and three points behind Minnesota and North Dakota, who are tied for fourth with 28 points.
  • Denver has not lost in each of its last six home games, dating back to a 6-0 victory over Boston University on Dec. 29 and have out-scored its opponents 24-10 over that span.
  • The Pioneers last home loss came on Dec. 1 vs. Wisconsin by a 3-1 margin.
  • This weekend's series features two of the top scoring defensive units in the country, as Denver enters the weekend ranked first overall (95 points) and North Dakota sits fifth nationally with 74 points.
  • Denver is 8-5-2 vs. ranked opponents this season and owns a 1-3-1 in its last five games vs. North Dakota and 3-6-1 over the last 10. The Pioneers are 3-1 at Magness Arena in its last four home meetings against UND.

ALL-TIME VS. NORTH DAKOTA...

  • Denver trails the all-time series with North Dakota 116-136-9 (.461), which began in 1949-1950.
  • The Pioneers managed just one point in the previous meeting between the programs earlier this regular season on Dec. 7-8 in Grand Forks. Denver posted a 2-2 tie in the opener, before dropping a 6-3 decision in the finale on Saturday, Dec. 8.
  • The Pioneers are 66-49-3 against North Dakota in games played in Denver. The two teams split in North Dakota's most recent trip to Magness Arena on Feb. 24-25, 2012.
  • Denver owns a 1-3-1 in its last five games vs. North Dakota and 3-6-1 over the last 10. The Pioneers are 3-1 at Magness Arena in its last four home meetings against UND.

PIONEERS AT MAGNESS ARENA...

  • The Pioneers enter Friday's game vs. North Dakota 10-4-3 in home contests this season.
  • Denver is 5-2-3 in home WCHA games in 2012-13 entering Friday's meeting with North Dakota.
  • Denver has not lost in each of its last six home games, dating back to a 6-0 victory over Boston University on Dec. 29.
  • The Pioneers last home loss came on Dec. 1 vs. Wisconsin by a 3-1 margin.
  • Denver has out-scored its opponents 63-34 over its first 17 home games this season.
  • The Pioneers are 183-81-18 all-time in 13 years of competition at Magness Arena.


TRADITION OF POST HOLIDAY SUCCESS...

  • The Pioneers are 62-29-12 after the December holiday break since 2008-09 under current head coach George Gwozdecky.


INJURY REPORT...  

  • The Pioneers enter this weekend's series with North Dakota with no significant player injuries.


SCOUTING NORTH DAKOTA...

  • North Dakota enters the weekend following a pair of road wins at Nebraska Omaha on Feb. 8-9 and also after a 12-day layoff as it was also idle last weekend.
  • North Dakota enters Friday's action not having lost in each of its last five contests, including victories in each of its last three games overall. In addition, UND has not lost in 14 of its last 17 games overall. The only time that North Dakota has dropped back-to-back game this season the final game of its series at Notre Dame (Nov. 24) and the opener at Colorado College (Nov. 30).
  • Senior forward Danny Kristo leads all active NCAA Division I men's hockey players in career points with 148. Teammate Corban Knight ranks tied for fifth overall with 137.
  • North Dakota (3rd) and Denver (2nd) boast two of the top three penalty kill units in the WCHA and also rank No. 1 (Denver) and No. 3 (North Dakota) in most penalty minutes among WCHA programs.
  • North Dakota is 7-5-1 on the road this season and 5-2-5 in WCHA road contests.
  • North Dakota currently sits tied for fourth place in the WCHA standings with 28 points.

VS. RANKED OPPONENTS...

  • The Pioneers boast a record of 8-5-2 on the season vs. ranked foes and have outscored their opponents 58-45 over those previous 15 contests.
  • Denver recently wrapped up a stretch that saw it play seven straight games against nationally ranked foes as it played consecutive games against 6/6 Boston University (Dec. 29), Cornell (Jan. 4-5), No. 13/13 Nebraska Omaha (Jan. 11-12) and 19/RV St. Cloud State (Jan. 18-19).
  • The Pioneers posted a record of 4-2-1 over those seven games.

PIONEERS IN FEBRUARY...

  • Friday's game vs. North Dakota will mark the Pioneers' fifth this season in the month of February.
  • Since head coach George Gwozdecky took over the program's reigns in 1994-95, Denver has posted an overall mark of 75-52-14 in games played in the month of February.
  • Denver posted a perfect 8-0-0 mark in February during the 2009-10 season and so far have put together a 2-1-1 mark in 2013.

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