Finally, Its Hockey Night In Denver

While the NHL Strike continues to drag on, the #7 University of Denver's hockey season finally gets underway tonight against #9 University of Massachusetts-Lowell.  UMass-Lowell had a breakout year last year going 24-13-1. making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996.

Speaking of Lowell, they added Dwayne Roloson, a 16-year veteran of the NHL, as a volunteer assistant coach this week.

The Pioneers are 7-2-0 all-time against UMass-Lowell in a series that began in 1984. However, the teams have not faced each other since the 2006-07 season. The River Hawks have not beaten the Pioneers since Dec. 5, 1986, when it won 5-4 in overtime, and have never won in Denver. 

Lowell head coach Norm Bazin worked as an assistant at Colorado College for eight years.

In preseason polls UML was picked by the Hockey East coaches to finish second behind defending national champion Boston College.  So tonight's game is sure to have significant Pairwise ranking implications at the end of the season.
The River Hawks are coming off a 1-1 draw against the University of Vermont last week.  Junior goaltender Doug Carr stopped 27 shots in the opening game of the seson for the River Hawks.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excited to play hockey for real.

Pep band will be at the AFA game.