It's CC-DU Time ... Again!
The Tigers and University of Denver square off for the first time as members of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference at the World Arena on Friday, Nov. 8, in the opener of a two-game weekend series between the arch-rivals. They continue their annual battle for the Gold Pan on Saturday in a rematch at DU’s Magness Arena.
Friday's contest marks the 291st official encounter in a rivalry that started on Jan. 6, 1950. Colorado College has won three of the last four decisions. While Denver leads by a 160-114-16 margin overall, CC has lost only nine of the last 32 showdowns dating back to the 2005-06 season, going 15-9-8 against the Pioneers since then. The Tigers are 20-9-4 (.667) in 33 all-time meetings at the World Arena, including a 6-5 overtime decision in the fourth and final 2012-13 regular-season meeting between the teams last March, when CC also went on to win a best-of-three playoff series at Magness.
Established in 1993-94 by former head coaches Don Lucia of Colorado College and Frank Serratore of Denver (now at the University of Minnesota and Air Force, respectively), the Gold Pan has been awarded every season since to whichever team posts the best record in the four regular-season games between the two. In the event of an even split of the four, the team currently in possession of the trophy keeps it. CC last won it in 2011-12 after finishing with a 2-1-1 edge in the four meetings, and has hoisted the hardware 11 times in its 20 previous years of existence.