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—Minnesota Duluth assistant coach Brett Larson doesn't need to have his eyes on the ice to know when senior captain Karson Kuhlman has hit the turbo button. All he has to do is take a look down at the Bulldogs bench. "You can see it when it's happening for sure and what you can see is the body language on the bench," Larson said. "You can see the shoulders come up, the heads come up and I'll tell you what. If I'm a guy on the bench and I see my captain playing that way, there's no excuse for me to go out there and give anything less."
DULUTH, Minn.—Minnesota Duluth sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard has put together a stellar season in 2017-18, his first as the Bulldogs starter. But in the moments following a second consecutive NCAA West Regional title, the Cohasset, Minn., native was kicking himself for the one goal he let in that night, a fluke puck that bounced in off his skate. "The last couple months I've only had to make 3-4 decent saves," Shepard said. "Personally the last two weekends, I haven't been my best."
DULUTH — Despite appearing in all 42 games this season for Minnesota Duluth, freshman center Justin Richards is still searching for his first collegiate goal going into this week's NCAA Frozen Four. That's right, the centerman UMD brought in after losing Adam Johnson and his 18 goals to the Pittsburgh Penguins has yet to put the puck into the back of the net this year. Instead, Richards has done everything else for the Bulldogs, which is why his coaches and teammates can't stop raving about his rookie season.
DULUTH — In the months following Minnesota Duluth and Denver's 2017 national championship battle at United Center in Chicago, the programs went in dramatically different directions. The Bulldogs underwent a huge transformation in the offseason, graduating seven seniors and losing three more players early to the NHL. Five of those 10 departures were on the blue line and a sixth was in goal.
DULUTH, Minn.—In its first four seasons of existence, the Big Ten hockey conference was often the butt of jokes come NCAA tournament time. Not anymore. After getting one team out of the regional rounds in its first four seasons, the Big Ten accounts for three-fourths of this year's NCAA Frozen Four at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. No. 1 Ohio State (26-9-5) takes on No. 3 Minnesota Duluth (23-16-3) at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the first national semifinal, with No. 1 Notre Dame (27-9-2) and No. 2 Michigan (22-14-3) meeting in the second semifinal at 8:30 p.m.
DULUTH—The University of Minnesota Duluth will not only bring Frozen Four experience next week to Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, but NCAA title game experience as well. However, as Bulldogs Coach Scott Sandelin reminded the media Tuesday, March 27, during a pre-tournament conference call, the Frozen Four will be a first for plenty of his players. UMD is bringing back 16 from last year's squad that beat Harvard in the national semifinals before losing to the University of Denver in the championship at United Center in Chicago.
DULUTH—University of Minnesota Duluth sophomore defenseman Nick Wolff came down with a brief bout of amnesia on Saturday night, March 24, in Sioux Falls, S.D., after his Bulldogs topped Air Force 2-1 for the NCAA West Regional championship. Sitting at the podium addressing the media, Wolff was asked to share his thoughts on playing a Frozen Four at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The former Eagan Wildcats standout immediately referenced the Minnesota state tournament, which he played in as a senior in 2014.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A week after seeing their season nearly come to an end at Xcel Energy Center, the Bulldogs are heading back to St. Paul. Minnesota Duluth secured a second consecutive berth in the NCAA Frozen Four on Saturday night by holding on for dear life in a 2-1 victory over cinderella Air Force in the NCAA West Regional final at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Over the past three seasons, overtime and Minnesota Duluth at NCAA regionals have gone together like turkey and stuffing at a Thanksgiving dinner. And just like those Thanksgiving staples, the pairings continue to taste as delicious as ever.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The host didn't receive an invite to its own party. The University of North Dakota failed to qualify for the 2018 NCAA West Regional, but three of its Minnesota neighbors — and their crazy uncle who now lives in Colorado Springs — are here at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Top-seeded St. Cloud State takes on fourth-seeded Air Force at 3 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the first regional semifinal, with third-seeded Minnesota Duluth taking on second-seeded Minnesota State-Mankato in the second semifinal at 6:30 p.m.