No. 1 Denver Opens 2017 Playoffs on Friday Night at Magness Arena!
Pioneers Host Tigers in a Best-of-Three NCHC Quarterfinal Series this Weekend
March 8, 2017
The No. 1 DU Pioneers begin their quest for a 2017 NCHC Playoff Championship this coming weekend as Round 1 of the conference’s postseason begins at Magness Arena. Denver will square off with in-state rivals Colorado College in a best-of-three series (Friday – 7:37pm, Saturday – 7:07pm, Sunday – 7:07pm if necessary) with a trip to the Frozen Faceoff on the line. Tickets to Games 1 & 2 of this quarterfinal showdown can be obtained by clicking HERE.
Denver captured the first Penrose Cup in program history last Friday in Omaha and enters the NCHC Playoffs as the conference’s top seed. Fans will have the opportunity to get their photo taken with the Penrose Cup all weekend, as the trophy will be on display on the West Concourse at Magness Arena (Marketing Kiosk).
Denver (26-6-4, 18-3-3-2 NCHC) has won its last 11 games by a combined score of 48-17 while Colorado College (8-22-4, 4-16-4-1 NCHC) is 2-7-2 in its last 11 games (18-33 GF/GA). This past weekend, DU swept UNO (4-2, 3-0) at Baxter Arena while CC went 1-1 (2-5, 2-1) in a two-game series at St. Cloud State.
The Pioneers are led in scoring this season by Florida Panthers prospect Henrik Borgström, who currently ranks third in the nation in points by a freshman with 36 (21G-15A, 30GP) on the season. His 21 goals lead all first-year NCAA skaters (T-8th, overall). Borgström and defenseman Michael Davies were named to the NCHC’s All-Rookie Team on Tuesday.
Between the pipes, junior goaltender Tanner Jaillet has already had one of the best seasons by a DU netminder in program history. He leads the NCAA in wins with 23 (one away from entering the Pios’ Top 10 list; see below) while his 1.87 GAA ranks fourth nationally and his .929 SV% ranks sixth – both marks which rank Top 5 all-time in DU history.
MOST WINS BY A GOALIE IN ONE SEASON, DU HISTORY
George Kirkwood (1960-61) - 30
Gerry Powers (1967-68) - 28
George Kirkwood (1959-60) - 27
Ron Grahame (1972-73) - 26
Ron Grahame (1971-72) - 26
Gerry Powers (1968-69) - 26
Peter Mannino (2007-08) - 25
Rodney Schneck (1957-58) - 25
Marc Cheverie (2009-10) - 24
Adam Berkhoel (2003-04) - 24
Stephen Wagner (1998-1999) - 24
Tanner Jaillet (2016-17) - 23
BEST SINGLE-SEASON SV%, DU HISTORY
Wade Dubielewicz (2001-02) - .943
Sam Brittain (2011-12) - .932
Marc Cheverie (2009-10) - .932
Tanner Jaillet (2016-17) - .929
BEST SINGLE-SEASON GAA, DU HISTORY
Wade Dubielewicz (2001-02) - 1.72
George Kirkwood (1960-61) - 1.84
Tanner Jaillet (2016-17) - 1.87
BEST SINGLE-SEASON W%, DU HISTORY
George Kirkwood (1960-61) - .953
Ernie Glanville (1977-78) - .912
George Kirkwood (1959-60) - .838
Gerry Powers (1967-68) - .838
Wade Dubielewicz (2001-02) - .833
Gerry Powers (1968-69) - .813
Tanner Jaillet (2016-17) - .808
Colorado College’s leading scoring in 2016-17 is sophomore forward Mason Bergh who enters the conference playoffs with 24 points (14G-10A, 34GP) on the season. Freshman goalie Alex Leclerc has logged the majority of minutes (82.6%, 1704/2062) in net for CC this season. The Longueuil, Québec native has recorded a 3.13 GAA and .901 SV% to go along with his 6-19-4 record.
Since first clashing on January 6, 1950, DU and CC have squared off a total of 306 times with the Pioneers having amassed an all-time record of 173-116-17 against the Tigers. Denver has won the last three Gold Pan Trophies, including this season’s, to bring its all-time total to 12 – tying Colorado College in the all-time series. In the postseason, DU is 11-9 all-time vs. CC (10-9 WCHA Playoffs, 1-0 NCAA Tournament). The Pioneers have won their last 12 head-to-head matchups with the Tigers which is the third-longest streak in the history of the rivalry:
LONGEST WINNING STREAKS VS. CC
22 games (Feb. 20, 1959-Feb. 8, 1963)
14 games Feb. 19, 1966-Mar. 6, 1970)
12 games (Nov. 14, 2014-present)
Denver’s currently 11-game winning streak is also the sixth-longest run in program history:
LONGEST WIN STREAK IN A SEASON
22 games (1967-68)
17 games (1960-61)
14 games (1959-60)
13 games (1977-78)
12 games (2001-02)
11 games (active)