Any chances the CC Tigers have of earning a home-ice berth for the first round of the WCHA playoffs need to be put into action this weekend. The Tigers currently sit in 9th place in the league standings, five points of the coveted sixth spot. This weekend CC renews its rivalry with Denver, and the Tigers will need to win both games to hang on to the Gold Pan, given each year to the winner of the four-game season series. DU won both games played back in November.
CC is 7-10-3 in conference action, following a pair of ties last weekend in Anchorage. They are 10-14-4 overall. Denver is currently tied for third in the league with a 10-6-4 mark, after a sweep over Minnesota-Duluth last week. The Pioneers are 15-8-4 overall. Denver also leads the alltime series, with a 159-111-15 mark against the Tigers.
Game times are at 7:30 pm Friday night in Denver, followed by a 7:00 pm start in the rematch Saturday at World Arena in Colorado Springs.
Air Force has slipped to third place in Atlantic Hockey after only gaining one point in their series last week against American International. The Falcons travel to second-place Mercyhurst this weekend for a critical series. Air Force is 9-6-2 in AHA play, and 11-10-6 overall. The Lakers are 12-6-1 in the league, and 14-10-2 overall.
The Air Force basketball team completed the first half of their Mountain West schedule on Wednesday, falling 81-59 to first place New Mexico in Albuquerque. All five Lobo starters scored in double figures. Air Force is now 5-3 in conference play, 14-7 overall. They take to the road again on Saturday with a trip to Nevada.