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 — Hot off a weekend sweep of NCHC rival North Dakota at home, Minnesota Duluth has little time to celebrate the extension of an eight-game winning streak over the Fighting Hawks. That's because the ninth-ranked Bulldogs (13-9-3) hit the road Tuesday, Jan. 23, to wrap up a regular-season series with seventh-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato (18-7-0). Both teams drop the puck on their final nonconference game of the season at 7:07 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.
DULUTH — For the second consecutive night, the Minnesota Duluth power play torched the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. And the Bulldogs' penalty kill wasn't too shabby, either. By going 3-for-6 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill, No. 14 UMD finished off the weekend NCHC sweep of the seventh-ranked Fighting Hawks with a 5-2 victory Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 6,903 at Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH—Minnesota Duluth's penalty killers came to the rescue Friday, Jan. 19, as did its best penalty killer. Sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard made 33 saves and helped hold North Dakota to 1-for-8 on power plays in a 5-3 NCHC victory at Amsoil Arena. It was UMD's seventh straight win over the Fighting Hawks, who return to Amsoil for a 7:07 p.m. rematch Saturday, Jan. 20.
DULUTH, Minn.—With friends and family in the Amsoil Arena stands, North Dakota senior forward Trevor Olson expects an emotional weekend back in his hometown. Pending a monumental shift in the NCHC standings, today's 8:08 p.m. game and the Saturday, Jan. 20, 7:07 p.m. rematch with the University of Minnesota Duluth likely will be his final college games in Duluth.
Minnesota Duluth freshman wing Kobe Roth had a breakout offensive weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo., scoring the first three goals of his NCAA career. And the last one for Roth and the Bulldogs in the 6-5 and 5-1 wins over Colorado College came with some style. "We call it the 'Mikko Koivu,' " Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin said, referencing the Minnesota Wild captain in his assessment of Roth's third goal, "just like his shootout goal."
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—For the second consecutive night, the Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team's offense lit up Colorado College. And this time, the defense was there to lend a helping hand as well. The 15th-ranked Bulldogs outshot the Tigers 45-19—with a 36-9 advantage in the second and third periods—and outscored their hosts 5-1 on Saturday, Jan. 13, to complete the sweep at World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Just call Minnesota Duluth's Scott Sandelin "Nostradamus." The veteran Bulldogs coach said this week his team needed to start scoring on the power play in order to open things up offensively 5-on-5. That's exactly what happened for No. 15 UMD, which went 3-for-6 on power plays in a 6-5 win over Colorado College in NCHC play Friday, Jan. 12, at Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs.
DULUTH, Minn.—Brothers Joey and Mikey Anderson of Roseville, Minn., were an entertaining duo back in 2013-14 at Hill-Murray School, and not just on game day. Joey, then a high school freshman, and Mikey, then an eighth-grader, had a reputation of getting into heated skirmishes during practice. Occasionally, the gloves would drop, and a few fists would fly.
DULUTH, Minn. — Jim Montgomery, coach of the defending NCHC champion Denver Pioneers, was addressing the state of the league back in November just before his team took part in a national championship rematch with Minnesota Duluth. Montgomery's Pioneers had encountered hiccups during the early portion of their title defense, and now they were getting some major pushback from league rivals. That's just the NCHC, he said.
DULUTH, Minn.—While Minnesota Duluth's 18 skaters worked to regain their legs after a two-week layoff, sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard held down the fort in the first period last Friday against Yale in the opening game of the Ledyard Bank Classic in Hanover, N.H. The Cohasset native made 10 saves in the opening period before junior wing Parker Mackay scored on a power play just seconds before intermission. The effort left coach Scott Sandelin wondering if his goalie even took some time off.