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Make Plans for the Motor City

Posted by The Minkster on February 15, 2010

I never thought I would type or utter the words, “I wonder what Detroit is like in April?”  However, you’re hearing it now because the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four will be held at Ford Field from April 8-10 and I fully expect the Denver Pioneers to be representing.  The Pio’s are currently ranked 2nd in the country led by two legitimate Hobey Baker Award candidates, Marc Cheverie and Rhett Rakhshani.  This past weekend they accomplished something no other Denver hockey team ever has by sweeping the Golden Gophers in the regular season notching a 4-0 campaign against rival Minnesota.

Hat trick time against the Gophers!

This team is looking as strong as the 2004-05 club that captured the 2nd of back-to-back NCAA championships.  With only 6 regular season games left (4 in the WCHA) the boys in maroon are 20-6-4, and should win the conference regular season title along with making the NCAA’s even if they get knocked off in the WCHA tournament.  The entire team is red hot right now and Chevy is leading the nation with 6 shutouts and .939 save percentage. 

Not only does Denver need to stay red-hot, but healthy.  Over the past several years the injury bug has hit the Pioneers late in the season and they’ve been dealt some unlikely upsets in the always tough WCHA tourney.  It will take luck and strong leadership by senior Tyler Ruegsegger to get back to the Frozen Four, but this team is looking good.  These guys might not only capture DU’s 8th national title but lose some good young guys early to the NHL.

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