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.—When Nick McCormack arrived on the Minnesota Duluth campus in the fall of 2014, he was part of a six-member freshman class, but the only rookie defenseman for UMD that season. Four years later, the 24-year-old McCormack is now the only senior on the Bulldogs' blue line, surrounded by five freshmen and two sophomores who are all three years or more younger than him.
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin should be expecting a thank you basket this week from his alma mater, North Dakota. That's because the seventh-ranked Bulldogs capped the regular season with a 4-1 victory over No. 14 Nebraska-Omaha in NCHC play Saturday, March 3, before a crowd of 5,160 at Amsoil Arena to send the Mavericks packing for Grand Forks in the first round of next week's league playoffs.
DULUTH—Hermantown, Minn., native Jared Thomas and Duluth native Jake Randolph grew up as fans of the University of Minnesota Duluth and made their college commitments just days apart in January 2012. Thomas decided to stay close to home and play for the Bulldogs. Randolph chose to go, following his gut 530-plus miles to the University of Nebraska Omaha. Neither has looked back to wonder, "What if?" "I wouldn't regret anything about the decision," Randolph said. "I wouldn't do it any other way," Thomas said.
DULUTH — For the second consecutive season, the Minnesota Duluth women's hockey program saw its season cut short via a heartbreaking postseason loss at Amsoil Arena.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Bulldogs are heading home today to snowy Duluth, and they will remain there for the next couple weeks. Ninth-ranked Minnesota Duluth followed up Friday's 8-0 win at Western Michigan with a 6-1 victory Saturday, Feb. 24, to complete the sweep of No. 17 Western Michigan at Lawson Ice Arena.
DULUTH — If anyone understands the injury woes Western Michigan is enduring in the second half of this season, it's Minnesota Duluth. Eight Bulldogs missed games due to injury in the first half of 2017-18, with a peak of five players out when UMD traveled to St. Cloud State to open NCHC play in October. Now it's the Broncos who are constantly cycling players in and out of the training room, with two top-line forwards out for the foreseeable future.
DULUTH — After making 16 saves for a shutout Friday at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minnesota Duluth sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard had to work a little harder Saturday, Feb. 17, for another blanking. Shepard, the native of Cohassett and former Grand Rapids standout, made 34 saves Saturday to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-0 NCHC victory over Miami before a crowd of 6,543 at Amsoil Arena. The Bulldogs swept Miami to move into third place in the NCHC with four games and two weeks remaining in the regular season.
DULUTH—Last year after getting scratched from the lineup 10 consecutive times and playing in just three of his team's first 17 NCHC contests, University of Minnesota Duluth forward Blake Young finally found himself back in the lineup in a February game against Nebraska-Omaha. And Young, then a junior, knew exactly what he had to do that night to stay in the lineup.
DULUTH — When former Minnesota Duluth defenseman Sidney Morin, as well as former Boston College forward Haley Skarupa, were added to the U.S Women's National Team roster in November, it unsettled some who had been with Team USA since August. USA goaltender Maddie Rooney, whose position was unaffected, sympathized with her teammates, but was excited at the same time to be reunited with a friend and former UMD teammate.
DULUTH—When then 20-year-old Maddie Rooney was named to the 2017-18 United States Women's National Team, it appeared the Minnesota Duluth junior goaltender likely would be just along for the ride to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. After all, that's was Rooney's role when she was part of Team USA for the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship, playing behind the more experienced Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby.