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.—The NCAA and ESPN were probably wise to place the Minnesota Duluth-Harvard game as the early Frozen Four semifinal at 5 p.m. next Thursday at United Center in Chicago. As for Denver and Notre Dame in the second semifinal, they should plan on a much later start than the scheduled 8:30 p.m. puck drop because 60-minute games often has not been the norm for the Bulldogs this season.
FARGO — A year ago Minnesota Duluth defenseman Willie Raskob set up forward Karson Kuhlman for the game-winning double-overtime goal against Providence in Worcester, Mass., to send the Bulldogs to the NCAA Northeast Regional final. On Friday, in the West Regional semifinals at Scheels Arena, Raskob was the one recording the game-winner, scoring his fourth goal of the season 11:58 into overtime to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 victory over Ohio State.
DULUTH — The Minnesota Duluth men's hockey players have been stewing now for 361 days over its 2016 NCAA Northeast Regional championship loss to Boston College in Worcester, Mass., with the image of their game-tying puck frozen on the goal line in the closing seconds. Before that night in Worcester, the Bulldogs agonized 363 days over the controversial power play that led to Boston University's game-winning goal in the final minutes of the 2015 NCAA Northeast Regional final in Manchester, N.H.
DULUTH — While Bulldogs fans may be hard to find this weekend at the NCAA West Regional in Fargo, the Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team will be surrounded by plenty of familiar faces nonetheless. The top-seeded and NCHC Frozen Faceoff champion Bulldogs (25-6-7) will open the NCAA tournament against fourth-seeded Ohio State (21-11-6) at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Scheels Arena, with the winner taking on either second-seeded Boston University or No. 3 seed and host North Dakota at 5 p.m. Saturday in the regional championship.
MINNEAPOLIS — Trevor Olson's glory against his hometown Bulldogs was brief. The Greyhound-turned-North Dakota Fighting Hawk tied the NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship game on a 5-on-3 power-play goal with less than three minutes to play, but Minnesota Duluth freshman wing Joey Anderson scored on a two-man advantage with a hair over 50 seconds left on the Target Center clock for a 4-3 UMD victory Saturday night in front of 10,297 fans.
MINNEAPOLIS — The silky smooth skills of Minnesota Duluth's Alex Iafallo have been on display all season long and Friday at Target Center was no different for the senior wing on his goal and assist. But as Hibbing, Minn., native Adam Johnson showed, he has a few moves in his arsenal as well, setting up three goals for the second-seeded Bulldogs in a 5-2 victory over third-seeded Western Michigan in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff semifinals.
MINNEAPOLIS — With more than 60 percent of NCAA Division I teams eliminated from postseason play, the college free-agent frenzy has begun. NHL teams are already swooping in, having signed six undrafted free agents off college teams, hoping to land the next Jason Garrison, Chris Kunitz or Torey Krug. Minnesota Duluth senior wing Alex Iafallo will join that list of undrafted signees in the near future. Every time a list comes out ranking the top college free agents, Iafallo's name can be found near the top.
No. 2 Minnesota Duluth vs. No. 3 Western Michigan What: NCHC semifinal When: 4:08 p.m. Friday Where: Target Center, Minneapolis Records: Minnesota Duluth is 23-6-7 overall; Western Michigan is 22-10-5 Rankings: The Bulldogs are No. 3 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Magazine polls; the Broncos are No. 8 in both polls Series: UMD leads 12-7-1 after the teams went 2-2 against each other during the regular season Coaches: Scott Sandelin, in his 17th season at UMD, is 310-283-82; Andy Murray, in his sixth season at Western Michigan, is 103-94-32
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth is heading back to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff for the second consecutive season, following up its 5-4 overtime victory on Friday with a 5-3 win on Saturday to sweep seventh-seeded Miami in a best-of-three NCHC quarterfinal series at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. The second-seeded Bulldogs — who are the first to advance to the NCHC semifinals — will play an opponent yet to be determined at a time yet to be determined on Friday at Target Center in Minneapolis.
DULUTH — The Minnesota Duluth women's hockey program hosting an NCAA quarterfinal game in 2016-17 might have come as a surprise to some. After all, six seasons have passed since it last happened and the Bulldogs haven't come close to even making the NCAA tournament in their previous five seasons. One group that's not surprised is UMD's five-person senior class. They expected to be here at some point and that time has finally come at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against Minnesota at Amsoil Arena.