Feb 20, 2014 12:11 AM by Greg Smith
The Tigers resume their quest to reclaim possession of the coveted Gold Pan this week when they take on the University of Denver in the second half of the teams' annual I-25 showdown series.
The longtime archrivals face off on Friday in a 7:37 p.m. (MT) contest at DU's Magness Arena before meeting in a 7:07 p.m. rematch Saturday at the World Arena.
Both games will be televised live - the series opener being aired nationally by CBS Sports Network and Saturday's game carried regionally on Altitude Sports.
After tying (1-1) and losing to the Pioneers (2-1) earlier in the season, CC needs a victory in both National Collegiate Hockey Association battles to win back the Gold Pan it has secured in 11 of 20 previous campaigns.
Colorado College, 4-18-6 overall, occupies seventh place in the NCHC standings with a 4-9-5-1 mark in league play. The Tigers, 2-2-2 in their last six outings, skated to a 4-4 tie and 3-0 victory against Western Michigan University at the World Arena last week.
Denver, which bounced back for a 4-1 victory at the University of Nebraska Omaha last Saturday after dropping a 4-2 decision to the Mavericks on Friday, is fourth in the NCHC with an 8-7-3-2 record in conference play. No. 18-ranked DU is 14-10-6 overall.
Friday's contest marks the 293rd official encounter in a rivalry that started on Jan. 6, 1950. While the Pioneers lead by a 161-114-17 margin in the previous 292, they have defeated CC only 10 times in the last 34 showdowns dating back to the 2005-06 campaign. Colorado College, which owns a 15-10-9 edge during that span, is 17-12-5 in 34 games against DU at Magness Arena. The Tigers also own a 20-9-5 advantage in 34 all-time meetings at the World Arena, including a 6-5 overtime decision in the fourth and final 2012-13 regular-season game between the teams last March before going on to win a best-of-three playoff series in Denver.