DU set to face in-state rival CC in first round of NCHC playoffs

It used to be a heated rivalry, but, in recent years, one side has gone ice cold. On Friday night, the University of Denver and Colorado College will meet in the first round of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs.

The Pioneers are riding high. Having captured the Penrose Cup, they are the No. 1 seed, on an 11-game winning streak and have beaten the Tigers head-to-head in 12 straight games. In their last 11 overall games, CC is 2-7-2.

Though DU seems to have a distinct edge on paper, rivalries can bring out a little extra in teams. CC would surely love to play spoiler by sticking it to the Pioneers.

The puck is set to drop at Magness Arena at 7:30p.m. MT, and can be seen on Altitude 2. Games two and three (if needed) will be played on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.