College hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune covering the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's teams, as well as the NCAA Division III programs at St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior.
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DULUTH, Minn.—With friends and family in the Amsoil Arena stands, North Dakota senior forward Trevor Olson expects an emotional weekend back in his hometown. Pending a monumental shift in the NCHC standings, today's 8:08 p.m. game and the Saturday, Jan. 20, 7:07 p.m. rematch with the University of Minnesota Duluth likely will be his final college games in Duluth.
Minnesota Duluth freshman wing Kobe Roth had a breakout offensive weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo., scoring the first three goals of his NCAA career. And the last one for Roth and the Bulldogs in the 6-5 and 5-1 wins over Colorado College came with some style. "We call it the 'Mikko Koivu,' " Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin said, referencing the Minnesota Wild captain in his assessment of Roth's third goal, "just like his shootout goal."
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—For the second consecutive night, the Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team's offense lit up Colorado College. And this time, the defense was there to lend a helping hand as well. The 15th-ranked Bulldogs outshot the Tigers 45-19—with a 36-9 advantage in the second and third periods—and outscored their hosts 5-1 on Saturday, Jan. 13, to complete the sweep at World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Just call Minnesota Duluth's Scott Sandelin "Nostradamus." The veteran Bulldogs coach said this week his team needed to start scoring on the power play in order to open things up offensively 5-on-5. That's exactly what happened for No. 15 UMD, which went 3-for-6 on power plays in a 6-5 win over Colorado College in NCHC play Friday, Jan. 12, at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.
DULUTH, Minn. — Jim Montgomery, coach of the defending NCHC champion Denver Pioneers, was addressing the state of the league back in November just before his team took part in a national championship rematch with Minnesota Duluth. Montgomery's Pioneers had encountered hiccups during the early portion of their title defense, and now they were getting some major pushback from league rivals. That's just the NCHC, he said.
DULUTH, Minn.—While Minnesota Duluth's 18 skaters worked to regain their legs after a two-week layoff, sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard held down the fort in the first period last Friday against Yale in the opening game of the Ledyard Bank Classic in Hanover, N.H. The Cohasset native made 10 saves in the opening period before junior wing Parker Mackay scored on a power play just seconds before intermission. The effort left coach Scott Sandelin wondering if his goalie even took some time off.
HANOVER, N.H. — Short one defenseman, but with fresh legs, Minnesota Duluth was able to come off a two-week layoff and stomp Yale on Friday 5-0 in the opening game of the Ledyard Bank Classic. Playing without a full defensive pairing 24 hours later proved to be a much greater challenge for the Bulldogs, who gutted out a 2-2 overtime tie with host Dartmouth on Saturday night at Thompson Arena.
HANOVER, N.H.—Despite losing five players, including three defensemen, to the World Junior Championship, the Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team breezed past Yale 5-0 on Friday, Dec. 29, in the opening game of the Ledyard Bank Classic at Dartmouth's Thompson Arena. Now the Bulldogs will have to find a way to pull out another victory under difficult circumstances when it takes on the host Big Green at 6:05 p.m. today in the Ledyard Classic finale, minus a sixth player.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.—If you grew up playing hockey in Minnesota, odds are you logged plenty of ice time outdoors. Here, outdoor hockey is just a way of life. So when the U.S. National Junior Team stepped outside Wednesday for practice, it should have been just another day of hockey for the team's 10 Minnesotans — five of which play at Minnesota Duluth.
DES MOINES, Iowa — While Bulldogs fans cheered Carson Soucy's decision in 2016 to return to Minnesota Duluth for his senior season, newly hired Iowa Wild coach Derek Lalonde was crushed. Not only was Soucy unavailable for 2016-17, but there was a chance the Minnesota Wild's 2013 fifth-round draft pick could test free agency and never sign with the organization. Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin told Lalonde not to worry. Soucy would sign with the Wild, just not yet.