PIONEERS SET TO COMPETE IN FROZEN FACEOFF

March 14, 2017

The No. 1 DU Pioneers’ quest for a 2017 NCHC Playoff Title continues this weekend as the Penrose Cup Champs head to the Target Center in Minneapolis to compete at the Fourth Annual Frozen Faceoff. Denver will battle No. 11 North Dakota on Friday night (6:30pm MT, CBS Sports Net/ESPN Denver 1600 AM) with a berth in the NCHC Championship Game on the line. More information on this weekend’s postseason action can be obtained by clicking HERE. Tickets to all games can be obtained by clicking HERE.

The Last Meeting
Denver3
North Dakota2
November 12, 2016
Ralph Engelstad Arena
[2/2] Denver Earns 3-2 Road Win at [6/6] North Dakota
The DU Pioneers' unbeaten streak hit eight games on Saturday as the Crimson & Gold captured a 3-2 road victory at the expense of the UND Fighting Hawks. Denver is now 7-0-1 since beginning the season 0-2-0 and have yet to lose in NCHC play (3-0-1).

Watch parties for Friday’s DU-UND game will be held at the following local eateries: The Rosedale Tavern, Big Bill's NY Pizza, Blackbird Public House, Crimson & Gold Tavern, The Pioneer Restaurant, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, Snarf’s and Stadium Inn. Should Denver advance to the NCHC Championship Game (Saturday - 6:30pm MT, CBS Sports Net/ESPN Denver 1600 AM), the same venues will again host watch parties. The Conference’s Third Place Game (Saturday, 2:30pm MT) will not be televised (NCHC.TV/ESPN Denver 1600 AM).


 

 

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Denver is coming off of an opening playoff sweep of Colorado College (4-1, 4-0) while North Dakota vanquished St. Cloud State (5-2, 6-5 OT) in its quarterfinal series, also in two games. The Pioneers are 3-2-1 all-time at the Frozen Faceoff and 11-3-1 all-time in the NCHC Tournament, having won the inaugural Conference Playoff Championship in 2014 prior to finishing third in 2015 and T-3rd in 2016. North Dakota is 9-5-1 all-time in the NCHC Tournament and 1-4-1 at the Frozen Faceoff.

The Pioneers went 1-0-1 against the Fighting Hawks during the regular season (1-1, 3-2 at REA on Nov. 11/22, 2016) and are now 123-143-11 all-time vs. North Dakota (11-13-1 in NCHC/WCHA Playoffs). Denver and UND met in last year’s Frozen Faceoff Third Place Game (1-1 Tie) as well as the National Semifinal (4-2 Fighting Hawks win); North Dakota went on to win its eighth national title two days later, downing Quinnipiac 5-1. Denver and UND have now met in the Frozen Four five times, with DU having won thrice – all in National Title Games. The Pioneers’ first (1958) and most recent (2005) NCAA Championship Game victories came against North Dakota.

Denver enters Friday’s postseason contest having won its last 13 games by a combined score of 56-18. The streak is the T-4th longest in program history:

LONGEST WINNING STREAK IN A SEASON, DU HISTORY

22 games (1967-68)

17 games (1960-61)

14 games (1959-60)

13 games (1977-78)

13 games (active)


DU SLAP SHOTS:
Denver leads the NCAA with 28 wins this season and also ranks first nationally in Team GAA (1.84)... The Pioneers rank first in the nation in both goals-per-game (4.22) and goals-against-per game 1.56 since Jan. 1, owning a +2.67 GM/GP average which is 0.56 goals higher than the NCAA’s second place team (Canisius, +2.11) in the category in that time… Led by senior center Matt Marcinew (503-for-796, 63.2% - 3rd, NCAA), the Pioneers rank fourth in the nation in FO% (54.6%) this season… Henrik Borgström ranks first in the nation in goals by a freshman (21) and third in points (38)... Borgström and Jarid Lukosevicius are both currently T-2nd among NCAA skaters in GWG (6)… Colorado Avalanche prospect Will Butcher is currently T-2nd in the NCAA in scoring by a defenseman (38GP-6G-29A-35P) and fourth in plus/minus (+23)... Michael Davies leads all NCAA freshman blueliners in plus/minus at +25 (3rd overall)...  Junior goalie Tanner Jaillet ranks T-8th in the NCAA in SV% (.929), 4th in GAA (1.84) and T-1st in wins (24).

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