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.—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.
DULUTH—A pair of Hermantown (Minn.) High School Hawks had big nights Friday, Oct. 20, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Minnesota Duluth freshman defenseman Dylan Samberg, a 2017 graduate, set up three Bulldogs goals while Merrimack senior defenseman and captain Jared Kolquist, a 2012 grad, recorded a goal and three assists in a nonconference 5-5 overtime tie played before a crowd of 5,152. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for 7:37 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, back at Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH -- Bemidji State goaltender Michael Bitzer made a career-high 45 saves to shut out Minnesota Duluth on Saturday night. But the Beavers couldn’t find the back of the net either, resulting in a 0-0 tie between the former WCHA rivals in front of 5,615 at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. The Beavers, by virtue of Friday’s 5-2 win in Bemidji, regained control of the Blue Ox Trophy,
DULUTH — Prior to the season, Minnesota Duluth's veteran leaders said the toughest thing to get across to the program's 10 freshmen would be the importance of every shift and every game at the NCAA level. The season-opening Ice Breaker Tournament may have made the veterans' point. The Bulldogs followed up Friday's dramatic 4-3 semifinal victory over Minnesota with a 4-3 loss to Michigan Tech in Saturday's tournament championship at Amsoil Arena.
ST. PAUL — While much of college hockey continues to debate the hot topic of early recruitment — and there was plenty talk of that Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center — the NCHC also faced another issue this offseason within the league, the one of early departures. Six of the league's eight teams combined to lose 12 players to the NHL this offseason, the most since the summer before the league began play in 2013-14.
DULUTH, Minn. — In the wake of the University North Dakota cutting its women's hockey program, WCHA women's commissioner Katie Million said the league needed to start thinking outside the box to generate revenue. That mindset led the WCHA to announce a crowdfunding campaign Thursday, July 20, to help fund the league's expenses and lessen the financial burden of the seven remaining schools. The WCHA is partnering with RallyMe.com, which specializes in online athletic fundraising. The site works with a number of national governing bodies, including USA Hockey.
DULUTH — Just days after falling to Denver in the NCAA championship game in Chicago, Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin was asked during his final news conference of the 2016-17 season about the possibility of early departures from his program. Not knowing who was staying and who was going, Sandelin had little to say on the subject, just this: "It sucks to have good players, doesn't it?"
DULUTH — Hermantown's Dylan Samberg said he didn't want to travel to Chicago for the 2017 NHL Draft with high expectations in case he wasn't drafted as high as projected. Turns out Samberg had nothing to worry about. The incoming Minnesota Duluth freshman defenseman exceeded expectations. He was taken midway through the second round Saturday at United Center in Chicago, going No. 43 overall to the Winnipeg Jets.