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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GLENDALE, Ariz. — A year ago in Hanover, N.H., Minnesota Duluth used a holiday tournament title to jump start a stellar second half of the regular season. UMD won Dartmouth’s Ledyard Bank Classic and later a second NCAA championship.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — In seven and a half seasons at Minnesota Duluth, associate head coach Jason Herter has taken charge of the Bulldogs’ special teams. So it was appropriate that with him at the helm Friday night, Dec. 28, the Bulldogs used a penalty kill and power play in the third period to rally past Minnesota State-Mankato for a 4-3 overtime victory in the opening game of the Desert Hockey Classic at Gila River Arena.
DULUTH -- With finals week fading in the rearview mirror, most of the Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team is heading home for the holidays this weekend. Four are not.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Minus three of its top six forwards, who also happen to be three of its top five scorers, fourth-ranked Minnesota Duluth fought Western Michigan to a 1-1 overtime draw in NCHC play Saturday, Dec. 3, at Lawson Ice Arena. The Bulldogs, winless in their final three games before the holiday break, return to Duluth with just one league point on the weekend after losing 3-2 on Friday and getting beat in the third round of a shootout Saturday.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Three weeks ago in Denver, Minnesota Duluth found itself on the right side of a dramatic come-from-behind finish. Friday, Dec. 7, in Kalamazoo, Mich., a banged-up Bulldogs team found out what it felt like to be on the wrong side. Western Michigan senior center Colt Conrad found an open corner of the visitor’s net with 9.9 seconds left Friday night to give his Broncos a 3-2 NCHC victory over fourth-ranked UMD at Lawson Ice Arena.
DULUTH — With each and every man-advantage — and there were plenty — North Dakota’s power-play units became more and more effective. The same could be said for Minnesota Duluth goaltender Hunter Shepard. The Bulldogs’ new career leader in shutouts finished with 28 saves, but it wasn’t enough as second-ranked UMD was forced to settle for an NCHC series split following a 2-1 loss to the No. 15 Fighting Hawks on Saturday night, Dec. 1, at Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH — North Dakota sophomore goaltender Peter Thome thought he got a bad break when he received a delay of game penalty while trying to get the attention of a referee that his blocker was knocked off. Thome, a Minneapolis native and 2016 sixth-round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets, purposely pushed his own net off its pegs late in the first to stop play after no one in stripes saw him raise his bare right hand in the air.
DULUTH -- Back from their second bye week of November, second-ranked Minnesota Duluth will play a pair of NCHC series over the next two weeks before taking two more weeks off for final exams and Christmas. While these series won’t make or break the Bulldogs’ chances of winning an NCHC title, they could determine whether UMD starts 2019 as a lead dog with top-ranked St. Cloud State or whether it’ll be chasing in the swing positions.
DULUTH -- Just three years after hosting college hockey’s season-opening showcase for the first time, Minnesota Duluth and Amsoil Arena are set to host the 2020 Ice Breaker Tournament. A UMD official, who couldn’t speak on the record, confirmed the news Monday, Nov. 19. An official announcement from UMD and the tournament’s organizers, College Hockey Inc. and the Hockey Commissioners Association, will come at a later date.
DENVER — Minnesota Duluth rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period Saturday night, Nov. 17 — scoring with 1.8 seconds left — to force overtime against Denver. That’s when freshman wing Cole Koepke skated alone into the offensive zone to snipe a shot top shelf, giving the top-ranked Bulldogs a 4-3 victory over the seventh-ranked Pioneers in NCHC play at Magness Arena.