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Ten-thought Tuesday: UMD snags No. 1 spot, Hobey Baker watch and more

As long as I have time, I'll try to do a rundown each Tuesday of 10 things that have caught my eye around the country. Here are my ten thoughts for this week:...

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University of North Dakota's Drake Caggiula (9) skates past the jubilant UND bench after scoring his second goal against Quinnipiac trailed by teammate Brock Boeser in the NCAA Frozen Four championship game at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Fla., Saturday, April 10, 2016. David Samson / The Forum

As long as I have time, I’ll try to do a rundown each Tuesday of 10 things that have caught my eye around the country. Here are my ten thoughts for this week:

1. Minnesota Duluth took over the No. 1 ranking after sweeping North Dakota over the weekend. The Bulldogs are really set up to make a run at trophies this season. They figure to only get better once Omaha transfer  Avery Peterson becomes eligible at semester time and first-round NHL draft pick  Riley Tufte adjusts to college hockey. The Bulldogs are in St. Cloud this weekend. St. Cloud State has only been swept in the National Hockey Center twice in the last two years: Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota Duluth.

2. The early Hobey contender watch is starting to take shape after just a month, because some of the nation’s leading scorers are guys who you would expect will be able to continue keeping this up. Notre Dame junior  Anders Bjork has 16 points in 8 games (7-9–16). Union senior  Mike Vecchione also has 16 points in 8 games (10 goals). UND’s  Brock Boeser has 12 points in 7 games. You’d have to think they will be in the mix. Bjork is a Bruins draft pick. Boeser is a Canucks draft pick. Vecchione is expected to be one of college hockey’s coveted free agents.

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Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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