DENVER (CBS4) – The University of Denver hockey team is in Tampa Bay, Florida this weekend for the Frozen Four competition.

They were able to practice in an NHL arena on Wednesday, at the Lightning’s Amelie Arena.

Jim Montgomery

Denver Pioneers coach Jim Montgomery (credit: CBS)

The Pioneers face North Dakota in the second semi-final Thursday night. Pios are hoping they can handle the “heat” of this big moment.

“We’re not used to this humidity, not used to being this body temperature warm and sweating as much. Our players were remarking right away that they were sweating profusely compared to what we do in Denver and the Midwest. That’s going to be our biggest obstacle physically,” said coach Jim Montgomery.