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 — After making 16 saves for a shutout Friday at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minnesota Duluth sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard had to work a little harder Saturday, Feb. 17, for another blanking. Shepard, the native of Cohassett and former Grand Rapids standout, made 34 saves Saturday to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-0 NCHC victory over Miami before a crowd of 6,543 at Amsoil Arena. The Bulldogs swept Miami to move into third place in the NCHC with four games and two weeks remaining in the regular season.
DULUTH—Last year after getting scratched from the lineup 10 consecutive times and playing in just three of his team's first 17 NCHC contests, University of Minnesota Duluth forward Blake Young finally found himself back in the lineup in a February game against Nebraska-Omaha. And Young, then a junior, knew exactly what he had to do that night to stay in the lineup.
DULUTH — When former Minnesota Duluth defenseman Sidney Morin, as well as former Boston College forward Haley Skarupa, were added to the U.S Women's National Team roster in November, it unsettled some who had been with Team USA since August. USA goaltender Maddie Rooney, whose position was unaffected, sympathized with her teammates, but was excited at the same time to be reunited with a friend and former UMD teammate.
DULUTH—When then 20-year-old Maddie Rooney was named to the 2017-18 United States Women's National Team, it appeared the Minnesota Duluth junior goaltender likely would be just along for the ride to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. After all, that's was Rooney's role when she was part of Team USA for the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship, playing behind the more experienced Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby.
DENVER—After combining to score five goals in their first three meetings this season, Minnesota Duluth and Denver launched what this series considers an offensive explosion. In the final regular-season meeting between last year's national championship combatants, the fourth-ranked Pioneers prevailed 4-3 over the ninth-ranked Bulldogs to finish off a season sweep Saturday night, Feb. 3. Junior wing Dylan Gambrell scored the game-winning goal with 10:51 remaining in regulation as the league-leading Pioneers extended their unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2).
DENVER—Denver sophomore center Henrik Borgstrom, the NCHC's leading goal scorer the last two seasons, has put up plenty of points against conference foes. He'd yet to score on Minnesota Duluth, however, until Friday, Feb. 2. The 2016 first-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers and native of Helsinki, Finland, finally scored a goal against the Bulldogs in the third period to lead the NCHC-leading Pioneers to a 1-0 victory at Magness Arena.
DENVER — When fifth-year Denver coach Jim Montgomery recruits defensemen, he insists size is not a factor. What he is looking for are players who can move the puck and get it up the ice. It just so happens that those types of players often come in small packages.
DULUTH—The six-game NCHC winning streak of ninth-ranked Minnesota Duluth came to an end Saturday, Jan. 27, with a 2-1 loss to fifth-ranked St. Cloud State in front of a sellout crowd of 7,149 fans at Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH—Yup, Minnesota Duluth's 1-0 loss Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Minnesota State-Mankato was definitely a hiccup. And a slight one at that. The Bulldogs returned to their winning ways Friday, Jan. 26, extended their program-record NCHC winning streak to six games and moved into a tie for third in the conference standings by routing third-ranked St. Cloud State 5-1 in front of 6,210 fans at Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH, Minn. — After sweeping North Dakota last weekend at home, Minnesota Duluth hopes Tuesday's loss at Minnesota State-Mankato was nothing more than a hiccup. The 1-0 shutout ended a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) for the ninth-ranked Bulldogs, but their five-game NCHC winning streak is alive and well going into the Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:07 p.m. games against fifth-ranked St. Cloud State at Amsoil Arena.