Denver played the defensive game it needed to play in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals, limiting powerful Michigan's offense and holding off the Wolverines long enough to win in overtime and advance to the national title game.
Both coaches remain unsure how many players they'll have available, but they believe they'll have enough cleared from COVID-19 protocols for the NCHC and WCHA series scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Duluth.
After starting the season playing eight of their first 12 games against top 10 teams, the No. 6 Bulldogs will run the gauntlet again following their holiday break, starting with the top-ranked Mavericks.
The Bulldogs plan to have four players back from injury and illness, including junior starting goaltender Ryan Fanti, who was the NCHC and national goaltender of the month for November. He missed the first series of December due to COVID-19 protocols.