DU-CC hockey: No. 5 Pioneers blast Tigers with head coach David Carle in COVID-19 protocols

The University of Denver was missing its hockey coach Friday with David Carle in COVID-19 protocols.

That didn’t hold the No. 5 Pioneers back in a 5-0 victory over Colorado College at Magness Arena for the first installment this season of the historic Gold Pan rivalry. DU seniors Ryan Barrow and Brett Stapley each recorded two points while goalie Magnus Chrona earned the shutout with 19 saves. The Pioneers (15-5-1) have now won four consecutive games in the series dating back to last year.

DU assistant coaches Dallas Ferguson and Tavis MacMillan stepped in to handle bench duties in Carle’s absence. It is uncertain whether he will be available to coach on Saturday when the Pioneers travel to face CC in Colorado Springs.

“Ideally, we’d feel more comfortable with DC here, but obviously, it wasn’t possible tonight,” Ferguson said. “DC has been a part of all the planning that’s been going on. He’s just not here with us. It’s great to have his leadership still. The guys tonight had good energy and stayed pretty focused on the game plan. Credit to the leadership in the room and all the players.”

On Friday night, with a national television broadcast on CBS Sports Network, the Pioneers showcased why they’re considered a legit NCAA title contender this season. A lively DU student section harassed the Tigers all game with some chants not fit for print. The Pioneer faithful had plenty to cheer about.…

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