NCAA Hockey: Denver Pioneers Shut Out Nebraska-Omaha, 3-0

The Denver Pioneers have one game remaining in the regular season following Friday's 3-0 victory over the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.

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Minnesota Vs. Denver Final Score: Pioneers Pick Up 5-3 Victory, But Lose Jason Zucker To Injury

It wasn't quite a Pyrrhic victory for the Denver Pioneers on Friday night, but the 5-3 win over the No. 1/2 Minnesota Golden Gophers saw star forward Jason Zucker leave the game due to an upper body blow by Kyle Rau. He eventually left the ice with the help of trainers, but he was announced as out for the remainder of the game. His status has not been updated further.

Minnesota opened the scoring in the first period with a Nate Condon goal at 9:08, but just 40 seconds later the Pioneers answered back with Shawn Ostrow finding the back of the net. Dustin Jackson and Nate Dewhurst followed roughly three minutes and eight minutes later, respectively.

Minnesota answered back with a Rau goal at 1:56 in the second period, a power play goal. However, Zucker responded with a goal for the Pioneers. At 6:38 in the second period, Rau delivered the hit that caused Zucker to leave the game with an injury. Rau was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct to end his night.

Chris Knowlton extended the lead to 5-2, but Zach Budish got credit for a goal that hit off his skate. Seth Helgeson originally looked as though he had the goal, but after a lengthy review the referees confirmed the goal and gave it to Budish because of the deflection.

Denver's Sam Brittain stopped 31 of 34 shots while Minnesota's Kent Patterson allowed all five goals on 34 shots.

The two teams will play on Saturday night at 7:07 p.m. MT. Root Sports will have the broadcast.

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NCAA Hockey Scores: Colorado College Wins Gold Pan Following 2-2 Tie With Denver Pioneers

The Denver Pioneers needed a victory on Saturday night to retain the Gold Pan over the Colorado College Tigers for the third straight years, but that failed to come true. The Pioneers had a 2-0 lead after the first period and saw it turn into a 2-2 tie by the middle of the second period. The game ended with that same score, securing the Gold Pan for the Tigers. The Tigers won the season series, 2-1-1.

Nate Dewhurst put the Pioneers on the board at 2:34 into the first period with his first goal of the season. Drew Shore scored his 17th goal of the season on the power play about six minutes later. Jason Zucker and Joey LaLeggia each picked up their 19th assists on that goal.

Colorado College struck back in the second with Jaden Schwartz's 10th goal coming at 7:29 in the second period. About three minutes later, Jeff Collett tied the game at two with a power play goal. The teams then skated to a 2-2 tie.

Juho Olkinuora started the second game in place of Sam Brittain. He made 33 saves on 35 shots. Josh Thorimbert and Joe Howe split time in the net for the Tigers, stopping 31 of 33 shots.

The Pioneers are now 15-9-4 (10-6-4 WCHA) and will welcome the Minnesota Gophers to Magness Arena next week.

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Battle For The Gold Pan 2012: Denver Pioneers, Colorado College Tigers Settle Season Series Over Weekend

The Denver Pioneers hockey team has a chance to win the Gold Pan for the third straight year after winning the 2010 Cup with a 2-1-1 season series victory and retaining it in 2011 with a 2-2-0 split. The season series between the two teams currently stands 1-1, meaning the Pioneers need just one victory to retain the Gold Pan for another year.

In the first contest, the Pioneers picked up a 5-4 victory over the Tigers to end a four-game winless streak. The Pioneers scored four goals in the second to take a 5-3 lead into the final period. On Dec. 2, the Tigers defeated the Pioneers on an overtime penalty shot to pick up the 4-3 victory.

The Pioneers, however, will be without several players. Freshman Ty Loney, who has scored six goals and totaled 12 points over the last seven games, was suspended indefinitely and will not play on Friday. He could be back on Saturday, but there is no indication how long the suspension will last. Beau Bennett and David Makowski will be out for the Pioneers while goalie Sam Brittain, who recently came back from June knee surgery, is likely to play in only Friday's game.

Drew Shore leads the Pioneers with 16 goals and 39 points while Jason Zucker comes in second with 14 goals and 32 points.

The Tigers split a series with the Minnesota Gophers two weeks ago and had last weekend off. They will make the trip to Magness Arena despite the heavy snow in the area. Brothers Rylan and Jaden Schwartz lead the team with 28 and 25 points, respectively. Rylan leads the team with 18 goals while Jaden leads with 17 assists. Josh Thorimbert and Joe Howe have split time in net this season, the former posting a 2.21 goals against average in 15 games.

Game time/date: 7:37 p.m. MT, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012

Location: Magness Arena, Denver, CO

TV: ROOT Sports

Radio: 102.3 ESPN

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