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Thursday, April 3, 2008

The DU Timeline for the 2007-2008 Season

Since LetsGoDU is so fond of "timelines", here is one for them:

Oct 12th-Jan 10th: DU is on a magical run, going 17-4 to start the season, battling with rival CC for the MacNaughton, and well on their way to a #1 seed for the NCAA's.

Jan 11th: The infamous VideoGate with UW. The tying goal as time expired is disallowed. This is the second incident of the season in which a blown call has gone in favor of DU. UW fans complain; DU fans rejoice and make fun of the Badger fans. The hockey gods are angered over this. They decide to do something about it.

Jan 12th: UW blows out DU, 7-2. It has begun.

Jan 18th: Air Force beats DU for the first time in 28 years.

Jan 20th: It is announced that freshman dman John Ryder will miss the rest of the season with an injury.

Jan 26th-28th: DU loses 2 recruiting battles in a matter of 3 days, as MacWilliam commits to UND and Wiercioch commits to UW.

Jan 31st: It is announced that Brock Trotter would miss the MSUM series for undisclosed reasons.

Feb 1st-2nd: MSUM sweeps DU.

Feb 2nd: Tyler Ruegsegger is injured during the Sat night MSUM game.

Feb 7th: After a full week of speculation by DU fans, Trotter bolts for the pros with no explanation from DU. Could this be a Bad-Boyz cover-up?

Feb 8th-9th: Despite Trotter and Ruegsegger out of the lineup, DU still manages to get 3 points against Minnesota (not that tough this year). Have they turned it around?

Feb 15th: That's a negative. After going up 4-1 against UND, DU gives the game away, losing 5-4.

Feb 16th: UND completes the sweep, and manages to cleverly have Testwuide and Vossberg get suspended for a game due to their fighting fun.

Mar 7th: Ruegsegger finally returns to the lineup.

Mar 7th-8th: DU gets swept by CC, essentially handing the MacNaughton Cup to their biggest rival.

Mar 13th-14th: DU sweeps UMD in the first round playoffs, securing their spot in the F5.

Mar 21st-22nd: DU beats UND and then UMN (which had huge crowd support) in the F5 to win the Broadmoor trophy once again. The DU fans rejoice, as this surely means that the team has turned things around just in time for the NCAA's.

Mar 23rd: It is announced that DU has to face UW in the Madison regional with a shot at playing in the F4 in DU's own backyard. How sweet that would be for DU fans!

Mar 29th: DU gets pummeled by UW, 6-2, ending their season and ruining their chance at playing in the F4 in their hometown. It is a tough pill to swallow, especially being that UW was the only sub-.500 team in the tourney. In the end, the hockey gods prove that they have a sense of humor, as the team that started it all way back on Jan 11th now fittingly ends the Pioneers' season.


Anonymous said...

DU finishes last in the state, losing to AFA and dropping the series vs CC (who beat AFA) one game to three - failing again to win the Gold Pan.

They couldn't even win the final version of their own 'super poll':

1). Colorado College - Excuse me while I throw up
2). Denver - Lets hope the Bulldogs don't piss on our leg

9-10-1 over those last 20 games. Mannino gets the hook three times, beginning with that first loss to UW!

dggoddard said...

I'm a glass half full kind of guy.

You forgot to mention CC's epic late season collapse.

puck swami said...

You won't find me whining.

This DU fan had picked DU for mid-pack finish at best, due to youth.

A third place WCHA finish, a Broadmoor Trophy and an NCAA appearance are all gravy in my book. The team over-delivered vs expectations.

Goon said...

Cool Blog post... Nice time line...

PioGrad06 said...

Yea, CC talk about an unfortunate choke. I'll admit they had a great team. DU had a lot of young guys and unfortunate situations this season (Trotter and Reusseger), and our season had an ebb and flow like just about everyone this season. Look at North Dakota, they beat us and CC, CC beat us, but then we still came back and beat the Sioux. All in all, it was an odd season, but as stated they certainly exceeded most everyones expectations.

du78 said...

Thanks for the shout out to the LetsGoDU blog. DU lost the recruiting battle for the two d-men you mentioned because they got David Carle. No room at DU for all three.