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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DENVER — When fifth-year Denver coach Jim Montgomery recruits defensemen, he insists size is not a factor. What he is looking for are players who can move the puck and get it up the ice. It just so happens that those types of players often come in small packages.
DULUTH—The six-game NCHC winning streak of ninth-ranked Minnesota Duluth came to an end Saturday, Jan. 27, with a 2-1 loss to fifth-ranked St. Cloud State in front of a sellout crowd of 7,149 fans at Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH—Yup, Minnesota Duluth's 1-0 loss Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Minnesota State-Mankato was definitely a hiccup. And a slight one at that. The Bulldogs returned to their winning ways Friday, Jan. 26, extended their program-record NCHC winning streak to six games and moved into a tie for third in the conference standings by routing third-ranked St. Cloud State 5-1 in front of 6,210 fans at Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH, Minn. — After sweeping North Dakota last weekend at home, Minnesota Duluth hopes Tuesday's loss at Minnesota State-Mankato was nothing more than a hiccup. The 1-0 shutout ended a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) for the ninth-ranked Bulldogs, but their five-game NCHC winning streak is alive and well going into the Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:07 p.m. games against fifth-ranked St. Cloud State at Amsoil Arena.
MANKATO, Minn.—When University of Minnesota Duluth sophomore wing Riley Tufte took the ice Tuesday at Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato with an 'AC' decal on his helmet and 'AC' written on his sticks, it wasn't just to honor the memory of former Bulldog Andrew Carroll. It was to say thanks for everything his friends had helped him accomplish in life.
DULUTH — Hot off a weekend sweep of NCHC rival North Dakota at home, Minnesota Duluth has little time to celebrate the extension of an eight-game winning streak over the Fighting Hawks. That's because the ninth-ranked Bulldogs (13-9-3) hit the road Tuesday, Jan. 23, to wrap up a regular-season series with seventh-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato (18-7-0). Both teams drop the puck on their final nonconference game of the season at 7:07 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.
DULUTH — For the second consecutive night, the Minnesota Duluth power play torched the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. And the Bulldogs' penalty kill wasn't too shabby, either. By going 3-for-6 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill, No. 14 UMD finished off the weekend NCHC sweep of the seventh-ranked Fighting Hawks with a 5-2 victory Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 6,903 at Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH—Minnesota Duluth's penalty killers came to the rescue Friday, Jan. 19, as did its best penalty killer. Sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard made 33 saves and helped hold North Dakota to 1-for-8 on power plays in a 5-3 NCHC victory at Amsoil Arena. It was UMD's seventh straight win over the Fighting Hawks, who return to Amsoil for a 7:07 p.m. rematch Saturday, Jan. 20.
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."