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.—While Minnesota Duluth's 2016-17 campaign was one for the record books, it was a tough year for Bulldogs junior center Peter Krieger. Per NCAA transfer rules, Krieger had to sit out the season after transferring to UMD from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. It was the first time in Krieger's hockey career that he was able to take a step back and look at the big picture.
DULUTH — The Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team crossed another name off the injury report this week with freshman defenseman Mikey Anderson returning to practice in full. Anderson is good to go, according to head coach Scott Sandelin, for this weekend's NCHC series against Miami in Oxford, Ohio. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and 6:05 p.m. Saturday.
DULUTH — The city of Duluth and University of Minnesota Duluth campus will always hold a special place in the heart of former Bulldogs defenseman Curt Giles, and not just for everything he accomplished on the ice. It's the memories — good and bad — made off the ice that Giles holds dearest. Duluth is where he met his wife, Mary Pat, during freshmen orientation and where he last saw his father, Jack, alive.
ST. CLOUD—Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin warned his team to stay out of the penalty box this weekend at St. Cloud State. He passed the warning on to the media earlier this week, and spouted it again Saturday, Nov. 4, after his team was swept. "My thing was don't give them that many power plays," Sandelin said. "It's pretty simple."
DULUTH, Minn.—It's no secret Minnesota Duluth sophomore wing Riley Tufte covets a place on the 2018 U.S. Junior National Team and Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin is well aware of Tufte's aspirations. That's why Sandelin sat Tufte down for a chat at the start of the season. "I told him, 'If you start to worry about that stuff through the first half, you're not going to play very well,' " Sandelin said. "He's done a good job blocking that out."
ORONO, Maine — The two things that plagued Minnesota Duluth early in the season — penalty killing and goaltending — shined on the eve of NCHC play. Bulldogs sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard recorded his first collegiate shutout Saturday night and backstopped the penalty kill to a perfect weekend, making 26 saves in a 2-0 nonconference victory over Maine for the weekend sweep at Alfond Arena. The Bulldogs (4-2) begin conference play, traveling to second-ranked St. Cloud State next weekend before returning home to host Western Michigan on Nov. 10-11.
DULUTH — Not only did Minnesota Duluth defenseman Nick Wolff get to play amongst four seniors on the back end a year ago, he spent his freshman season partnered with a seasoned veteran defenseman in Dan Molenaar. A year later, the 21-year-old Wolff finds himself as the most experienced Bulldog on the blue line after playing 37 games as a rookie. Surrounding him now can be anywhere from 3-4 freshmen defensemen per night with one of those rookies, 19-year-old Scott Perunovich of Hibbing, being his defensive partner.
DULUTH, Minn.—As much as Minnesota Duluth senior center Jared Thomas wanted to focus on the positives of last Friday's 5-5 overtime tie with Merrimack, the veteran couldn't look past the elephant in the room that night — penalties. "Every game we've lost we've shot ourselves in the foot," Thomas said after Friday's game in which UMD led 4-2 late. "We're learning, but at some point you got to take those opportunities and not give them away like that. "After tonight, we certainly have to address it."
DULUTH — Growing up, Jared Thomas and Jared Kolquist of Hermantown were regulars at Minnesota Duluth hockey games at Amsoil Arena, sitting in the same section every time. This weekend the former Hawks teammates, who played in three Class A state championship games together from 2010-12, were rivals as Thomas' UMD Bulldogs recorded a tie and win over Kolquist's Merrimack Warriors in a nonconference series at Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH—If Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota were rink-ratting on the pond Saturday, Oct. 21, playing a game of posts, the Bulldogs would have run away with a victory. They weren't. It was a WCHA women's hockey contest that saw the seventh-ranked Gophers score on a pair of third-period goals to complete the sweep of the eighth-ranked Bulldogs, 2-1, Saturday in front of 1,259 at Amsoil Arena.