A 5-0 loss to the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the WCHA title game Saturday didn’t stop Denver from earning the top seed in the West Region for the 2009 NCAA tournament.

That means Boston Bruins 2008 first-round draft pick Joe Colborne will cap his rookie season with a taste of the “Big Dance.” Denver will open the regional against Miami, and if the Pioneers win they’ll face Princeton or rematch with UMD.

Mike Chambers of the Denver Post looks at the Pioneers’ chances.

Colborne is the Pioneers’ fourth-leading scorer with 30 points (nine goals) and he’s a plus-8 on the season. He has appeared in all 39 DU games. He’s fifth among WCHA freshmen in points.

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