Denver makes new travel plans; The UND series is still in effect for Friday and Saturday – The Rink Live | Tech US News

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GRAND FORKS – The University of Denver men’s hockey team did not arrive in North Dakota late Thursday afternoon as originally planned.

The Pioneers’ scheduled commercial flight from Denver to Fargo was canceled due to Blizzard Alexandra ravaging the Red River Valley.

But Denver made alternate plans and still hopes to be in Grand Forks in time for the top-15 showdown at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, the series was still scheduled as scheduled — 7:07 p.m. Friday, 6:07 p.m. Saturday — according to officials at both schools.

Instead of flying to Fargo, Denver rebooked its players to fly to Minneapolis-St. Paul The Pioneers will then be bussed Friday morning to Grand Forks.

Denver practiced at home on Thursday before leaving.

This is the second weather-related travel incident for a UND-Denver series in the last five seasons.

During the 2019 National Collegiate Hockey Conference quarterfinals, UND’s flight to Denver was diverted to Albuquerque, NM due to a snowstorm in Colorado. After landing, the Fighting Hawks took a bus to Raton, NM, where they spent the night. Then, they headed to Denver the next day. All in all, it was about a seven hour drive.

The Pioneers swept UND in that series and advanced to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff.

There have been many schedule changes over the past two seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but weather-related changes have been rare.

In the last 20 years, only one UND game has been altered due to weather.

In December 2010, UND played a Friday-Sunday series at Minnesota State-Mankato, because officials postponed the Saturday game due to a snowstorm, which caused the roof of the Metrodome to collapse. UND swept that series.

No UND home hockey series has been altered due to weather since Ralph Engelstad Arena opened in 2001.

The Denver volleyball team successfully traveled to UND on Wednesday before their Thursday night match at The Betty.

No. 2 Denver at No. 12 UND

When: 19:07 Friday, 18:07 Saturday.
Where: Ralph Engelstad Stadium.
TV: Midco Sports (GF Ch. 27/622 HD).
Radio: The Fox (96.1 FM).
Issue: NCHchockey.com.

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