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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CHICAGO — Minnesota Duluth threw everything it could at the Mike Richter Award winner Saturday night in a 3-2 national championship loss to Denver at United Center. Tanner Jaillet, the Denver junior who was crowned national goaltender of the year Friday, was a busy man in the third period as the Bulldogs attempted 34 shots. His team only mustered eight.
CHICAGO — Back in the newsroom of the Duluth News Tribune, the sports staff has a jar sitting atop a cubicle divider. I believe in a past life it stored pickles, or maybe spaghetti sauce. Now it's decorated with stickers and thanks to the 2016-17 national runner-up Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team, that jar is stuffed to the max with cash.
CHICAGO — When NCHC rivals Minnesota Duluth and Denver meet at 7 p.m. today for the NCAA Division I men's hockey championship at United Center, it will be more than a battle featuring the league's regular-season champion Pioneers and the postseason champion Bulldogs. It's more than a matchup between the top seeds in the NCAA tournament, or a showdown involving the two teams that spent 18 of 20 weeks as No. 1 in the U.S. College Hockey Online polls.
CHICAGO — The year was 2012 and John Marks, coach of the United States Hockey League's Fargo Force, decided it'd be wise to pair together a couple 18-year-olds from Duluth and Eden, N.Y. Five years later, those players not only remain linemates, but are considered by some to be two-thirds of the best forward line in college hockey. They've also developed a lasting friendship, been college roommates the past four years and, most recently, could be seen on television sharing some Chicago-style deep dish pizza together while talking hockey with ESPN's John Buccigross.
CHICAGO — Minnesota Duluth senior wing Alex Iafallo couldn’t help but let his dirty little secret slip Thursday inside United Center after securing a berth in the NCAA championship game. As much it might pain the masses, Iafallo enjoys a good one-goal game. “Definitely nerve-wracking, but a good nerve-wracking,” Iafallo said with a smirk. Nail-biters might be a guilty pleasure for Iafallo and the Bulldogs, but they’ve had enough of those nail-biters that last longer than 60 minutes, which is why UMD’s leading scorer redirected a pass from senior defenseman Willie Raskob through the legs of
FARGO — Sitting in their hotel room prior to playing Boston University in the NCAA West Regional final in Fargo, Minnesota Duluth defensemen and road roommates Willie Raskob and Neal Pionk pondered the implications of that next game. A win would vanquish the painful memories of back-to-back losses the previous two years in regional finals. A win would put the Bulldogs back in the Frozen Four for the first time since 2011. A win would give their injured teammate, senior defenseman Carson Soucy, another chance to put on the Bulldogs sweater one more time.
DULUTH, Minn.—Former Minnesota Duluth goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo has no regrets about the decision he made a year ago to leave after his sophomore season and sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. The 23-year-old from Vantaa, Finland, spent the majority of his rookie season battling ups and downs with Orlando in the ECHL, but recently was called up to the American Hockey League. Just a step away from the NHL, he's flourished, posting a .950 save percentage and 1.47 goals-against average in four games with the Toronto Marlies.
DULUTH — The 2017 NCAA Frozen Four will be a new experience for almost everyone on the Minnesota Duluth men's hockey roster, but thanks to the program's 2011 NCAA title run, much of the Bulldogs staff and fan base have been through it before. That's especially true for 13-year-old Bulldogs fan Sam Anderson of Hermantown, Minn. He'll be one of the more experienced fans you'll run into this week in Chicago. The Duluth Marshall seventh-grader is a Frozen Four veteran. The Windy City will be his eighth trip to the NCAA hockey season's biggest event.
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth sophomore wing Billy Exell knows he's not the stereotypical fourth-liner. Generously listed at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, the native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, knows he's at a size disadvantage when going up against the likes of 6-5, 250-pound Western Michigan forward Mike McKee or 6-7, 230-pound St. Cloud State forward Ben Storm.
DULUTH — The NCAA Frozen Four at United Center in Chicago will be a first for the 27 members of the 2016-17 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs with one exception — Avery Peterson. This will be the second trip for the junior center from Grand Rapids, who transferred to UMD a year ago from Nebraska-Omaha. Peterson helped the Mavericks reach their only Frozen Four as a freshman in 2015.