News & Notes From Around PioNation-Game Day

(above) Kyle Ostrow and Anthony Maiani will be playing together again with the ECHL Chicago Express
"There's no way we're going to make any excuses. We have a lineup, the guys we have available, that if we play the way we can, we'll have a good chance. Our primary concern is playing better in our own end. Our team defense has got to improve. That's what we're talking about and working on. Our success is going to hinge on the success we have defensively."
-DU Coach George Gwozdecky
The Denver Post profiles the Air Force hockey team today.
The DU Mens basketball team opened up Sun Belt Conference play with a 79-62 victory over Troy at Magness Arena on Thursday night. Denver improved to 11-2, tying its best NCAA Division I start, originally set in 1942-43.
DU basketball is hanging in there at #31 in the Realtime RPI Rankings as of Thursday night.
DU Hockey returns to action against #10 Union on Friday night at Magness Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:30 PM against Union & and 6 PM MT at Air Force on New Year's Eve.
While most Denver fans are keeping an eye on Jason Zucker and the Under-20 World Championship, DU recruit Will Butcher recorded two assists as the U.S. National Under-17 Team defeated the Czech Republic, 5-1, at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Ontario.
Team USA faces the Czech Republic at 1:30 PM MT on Friday at the Junior World Championships.  The game can be seen for free on the internet at or on TV on the NHL Network.


miller said...

As Frank Serratore pointed out, some DU players are going to have to step up this weekend. The Goal Czar has been quiet for a month or so, it would be nice to see him have a good weekend. Guys like Nick Shore, Doremus and Larraza also need to produce.

Any word when Ryder will be back?

vizoroo said...

It's the Under 20 Championship for Zucker and Friday on the NHL Network.

bigbossman said...

I'm not sure why it took so long but I'm glad DG finally decided to take out the garbage. I hope the trolls are gone for good.

dggoddard said...

We've gotten many, many great comments over the years from Anonymous posters. But obviously some jackasses had to go overboard.

I probably waited too long, but now its done & a new era of "commenting with accountability" begins. :-)

Go DU.

Twister said...

Big day for hockey. Hoping Team USA can rebound and get a W today. And I'm eager to see DU back on home ice tonight to start the 2nd half. The Pios really need to start putting some wins together. Now.

miller said...

Thanks DG for putting a stop to all of the trash being posted here. You and your staff work too hard to have a bunch of children posting irrelevant "stuff" on the blog.

anonevermore said...

Anyone get a sense as to whether the basketball attendance numbers are grossly inflated? I have been to one game (Iona), and the attendance may have been somewhat overstated, but not ridiculously so. I see the attendance for last night's game is listed as 6,000, and I'm having a hard time believing that DU drew 6,000 people to see Troy on a Thursday night.

co_sports_girl said...

I'm just glad that you also put a stop to the "anon" posts!

bigbossman said...

The anon posters are gone but trolls still live here. They just have to be accountable from now on.

anonevermore said...

Oh..ok, Big Boss Man. Thanks for lecturing us on trolls. Coming from you, the king of the trolls, it means a lot.

vizoroo said...

USCHO Penalty Box for. Wish old pio were still here so we could have a few toasts!

Didn't even use any "expletives deleted" just wanted 20 people to enter College Hockey Weekly's top 10 teams contest so I would win a DU jersey with my great guesses. :-) Think I only had 3 DU teams in the top 10. Didn't want to appear biased :D

vizoroo said...

PS.It was time to block the anonymous trolls.
PPS. Please enter so my sacrifice won't be in vain.