Battle For The Gold Pan, Denver Pioneers Vs. Colorado College: DU Hopes Tries To Retain The Trophy

The Battle for the Gold Pan Trophy continues tonight at World Arena in Colorado Springs. The Denver Pioneers took down Colorado College 5-4 on November 12 and can retain the trophy for the third straight year with a win over the Tigers.

The No. 10 ranked Pioneers are 3-2-2 so far this season with a 4-2 win over then No.1 Boston College in October. Since then Denver has dropped 4 games, including a 4-2 home loss against Miami of Ohio last Saturday. A loss against Colorado College could send DU into a troublesome slide with an upcoming four game road trip to Bemidji State and St. Cloud State. While ranked below the Tigers nationally, the Pioneers are actually a point ahead of CC in the WCHA standings and won't want to allow themselves to fall behind entering a crucial stretch in the season.

Colorado College has yet to lose a game at home this year, but are coming off of consecutive losses to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and hope to get back in the win column and keep the possibility of winning the Gold Pan alive. Both teams could use a win tonight in a rare nationally televised game. 

No. 10 Denver (6-4-3, 4-2-3 WCHA) travels to No. 8 Colorado College (7-4-0, 5-4-0 WCHA) for game two of the Gold Pan Trophy rivalry on Friday, Dec. 2. Puck drop is set for 8:07 p.m. MT at World Arena. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network. 

Visit the Western College Hockey Blog for more college hockey.

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