Denver takes 2-0 lead into first intermission

Denver seized control early with Nick Shore rifling a shot over CC senior goalie Joe Howe’s left  should less than five minutes into the game.

Colorado College has taken a 1-0 lead only 10 times out of 30 games so far this season.

DU made it 2-0 when Ty Loney redirected a shot by defenseman Joey LaLeggia only moments into a power play with 8:44 left in the opening period.

The Tigers had their chances with three Grade A chances missed, either with a missed redirect or pass through the crease that went through untouched. Denver goalie Juho Olkinuora also made two good saves early in the period to keep the game scoreless for a time.

Notes

Associate athletic director Scott Lowenberg said before the game that Saturday’s contest may be the “most sold-out ever” with people showing up during the day being turned away. The game was officially sold out on Tuesday.

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Friday reading: Gold Pan rivalry news, other WCHA previews and notes

No doubt, this scene will be played out a few times tonight at Magness Arena.

Big news out of Denver: Red-hot freshman Ty Loney has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. The Post also reports coach George Gwozdecky is leaning toward starting goalie Sam Brittain at home Friday.

The Gazette looks at the Gold Pan rivalry from No. 11 CC’s perspective. The Gazette also reports that sophomore Josh Thorimbert has all but sealed up the No. 1 goalie spot ahead of Joe Howe. Here’s the Post’s preview notes. The No. 13 Pioneers are on a roll headed into the series.

No. 1/2 Minnesota-Duluth travels to desperate Alaska-Anchorage this weekend. The desperate Seawolves are mired in a seven-game losing streak. Did I mention they’re desperate for a win?

Come to think of it,  the Bulldogs are plenty motivated too after falling behind No. 1/2 Minnesota, which is idle. The Gophers are losing their longtime, well regarded AD to retirement.

No. 17 North Dakota is resting up too. Here are some excellent observations about the league from the UND beat writer and more news from Grand Forks.

A confident Michigan Tech team hosts 11th-place MSU Mankato. And yes, the Huskies are aware of the dangers of a letdown.

Like CC, Bemidji State is tweaking its power play as it heads to the sixth-place Nebraska-Omaha, which needs home points to keep in the home playoff ice hunt. UNO goalie Ryan Massa is likely to be back in net this weekend. BSU’s Jordan George has emerged from Matt Read‘s shadow.

St. Cloud State has a decision to make in net as they head to Wisconsin, which needs to get on a run if it hopes for home playoff ice.

Here’s USCHO’s WCHA roundup including Jordy Christian’s season being over.

Friday reading: Previews, features and predictions

Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais wants an on-campus ice arena badly.

CC will find out about its defensive depth with sophomore Eamonn McDermott out of action for the next month. Senior Arthur Bidwill is a more than capable replacement.

Here’s a capsule preview on the SCSU at CC series.

Bemidji State is becoming a familiar foe to Denver. They play at Magness this weekend. DU freshman Ty Loney’s role continues to grow for the Pioneers.

The rivalry between host North Dakota and Minnesota dates back to 1948 in this lookback article. The Gophers may not be back to the Ralph very often with each team leaving the WCHA for 2013-14.

Minnesota hopes to steady the ship a bit after a 6-6-1 run of late. The superior play of Erik Haula has been a key development. The Gophers have had their share of secondary scoring though, a key to getting on another tear, even if they’re not taking on the AHA’s weak sisters. Here’s a video preview of the series.

Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais isn’t leaving the Mavs any time soon, despite a rumor to the contrary. The defending NCAA champs Minnesota-Duluth, ranked No. 1 in both major polls, have been a big fan draw at home or on the road, like this weekend in Omaha.

Wisconsin travels to Minnesota State in Mankato. Here’s a capsule preview and a feature on UW’s Ryan Little.

The parity in the WCHA gives Alaska-Anchorage an outside chance at home playoff ice. They’ll need to get on a roll starting this weekend at Michigan Tech.

Here’s the Star Tribune’s predictions.