|(above) Duluth's Amsoil Arena is on the waterfront of Lake Superior|
The University of Denver is the only WCHA school that has yet to pay a visit to the University of Minnesota-Duluth's AMSOIL Arena. This weekend’s series will mark the 192nd and 193rd meetings ever between UMD and Denver -- but the first in Duluth since Dec. 4th, 2010.
The Pioneers do hold the distinction of being the Bulldogs’ opponent for final game ever at the 45-year old Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. UMD prevailed in that confrontation, shading the Pioneers 2-1.
The new arena has boosted Duluth's attendance sigificantly in the past three years. UMD’s last regular season appearance in Duluth (a 5-4 victory over Michigan Tech University on Jan. 12) was played before a standing-room only crowd of 6,829 -- the largest to ever take in a UMD home game. UMD is currently averaging the sixth best home attendance (6,255 a night) of any team in the nation.
The new arena has also boosted play on the ice for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are 24-13-4 lifetime at the new building.
UMD has been riding a hot streak of late in league play. The Bulldogs are unbeaten in eight of their last 10 WCHA engagements (7-2-1) and had reeled off five straight league victories before dropping a 5-1 decision at Colorado College in their most recent WCHA outing on Jan. 19.