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 — Off to his best offensive start in his four seasons at Minnesota Duluth, senior wing Parker Mackay is on track for a career season with the Bulldogs. Mackay’s six goals and 11 points through 10 games are double (or more) of what he’s posted in the first 10 games of any previous season, but those aren’t the numbers that stand out the most to the UMD captain.
DULUTH — Colorado College coach Mike Haviland has mixed feelings about getting swept at home last week by second-ranked St. Cloud State. A year ago, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference champion Huskies pounded the Tigers 6-1 and 5-1 in St. Cloud in their lone series. This year, the Tigers led the Huskies both nights early in the third period. Yet, Haviland’s team lost both nights getting outscored by a combined 6-1 in the third to lose 5-3 and 2-1.
DULUTH -- Minnesota Duluth’s Scott Sandelin isn’t just a coach. He’s a hockey dad as well. He has a son and a daughter who play the sport. Ryan, 19, is entering his second year of junior hockey. He’s already been through the recruitment process, committing to Minnesota State-Mankato prior to his senior season at Hermantown.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Third-ranked Minnesota Duluth finished off a weekend sweep of to-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct. 27, with a 3-1 nonconference victory before a crowd of 4,416 at Compton Family Ice Arena. The weekend was billed as a rematch of April’s 2018 NCAA championship game, in which the Bulldogs beat the Fighting Irish 2-1 in St. Paul.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — All week long, the college hockey world wondered how hungry top-ranked Notre Dame was for revenge against a Minnesota Duluth program that six months prior had beaten the Fighting Irish for the NCAA Division I men’s championship in St. Paul.
DULUTH — After the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's teams combined for 14 goals in their Friday wins, the Amsoil Arena goal horn got a little more rest in the series finales on Saturday, Oct. 20. The UMD women beat Bemidji State 2-0 in the afternoon and the men followed in the evening with a 3-2 win over Maine to complete a weekend sweep for the Bulldogs hockey programs.
DULUTH — When Dennis "Red" Gendron was hired to revive the legendary Maine men's hockey program in 2013, the school made sure to tout his previous ties to the program, specifically his time as an assistant under the late Shawn Walsh. Together Walsh and Gendron helped coach the Black Bears to their first NCAA title in 1993, and it'd be easy for the coach to fall back on those days — the glory days for Maine. Instead, he's focused solely on the now, as rough as that has been in recent years for Maine.
DULUTH—Coaching was the furthest thing from the minds of former Minnesota Duluth captains Ashleigh Brykaliuk and Adam Krause earlier this year. They were professional hockey players and already prepping to return to their respective teams for 2018-19. Brykaliuk was in China playing in the Canadian Women's Hockey League while Krause was with Rochester of the American Hockey League.
HOUGHTON, Mich. — Minnesota Duluth's play in the second period Friday left coach Scott Sandelin with a sour taste in his mouth despite a 2-1 victory over Michigan Tech. "Second period I didn't like at all," Sandelin said Friday. "It started with breakaways. We had poor coverage again." The coach had few qualms Saturday, Oct. 13, after his third-ranked Bulldogs scored five goals in the second period to beat the No. 19-ranked Huskies 5-2 to complete the nonconference sweep at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth unveiled its 2018 NCAA championship banner on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Amsoil Arena. Unfortunately, the top-ranked Bulldogs were unable to extend their lengthy eight-game win streak over No. 13 Minnesota, battling their rivals to a 1-1 overtime tie in the regular-season opener before a sellout crowd of 7,362 fans.