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, Minn.—A key nonconference win over eighth-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato wasn't the only thing Minnesota Duluth accomplished last Saturday at Amsoil Arena. The Bulldogs also got two important offensive pieces up to speed after they missed six games due to upper-body injuries. Freshman Nick Swaney picked up a goal and sophomore Joey Anderson set up a score in the young forwards' first game back since they went down Oct. 28 at Maine.
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard made 33 saves and backstopped a key penalty kill late in the game that allowed the Bulldogs to close out a 3-1 nonconference victory over Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday at Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH, Minn. — Making a successful jump from the junior or high school level to the NCAA Division I ranks requires more than just making adjustments on the ice. There are plenty of challenges a young player can face off the ice, too, such as academics, living on his own for the first time and, in the case of Hibbing native Scott Perunovich, air travel.
DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin didn't want to use injuries as an excuse for his team's 3-2 loss Saturday, Nov. 18, to Miami in Oxford, Ohio. But the coach also couldn't ignore the maladies' effect on his lineup, which on Saturday was short a forward.
OXFORD, Ohio — After picking up a 3-1 win Friday over Miami on the road, Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin said his team was having a good weekend. For a great weekend, though, the coach said his Bulldogs would need to finish off the sweep. Unfortunately for Sandelin and UMD, they had to settle for just a good weekend at Goggin Ice Center after falling 3-2 on Saturday night to the RedHawks, who scored three straight goals to force a split in the NCHC series.
DULUTH, Minn.—While Minnesota Duluth's 2016-17 campaign was one for the record books, it was a tough year for Bulldogs junior center Peter Krieger. Per NCAA transfer rules, Krieger had to sit out the season after transferring to UMD from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. It was the first time in Krieger's hockey career that he was able to take a step back and look at the big picture.
DULUTH — The city of Duluth and University of Minnesota Duluth campus will always hold a special place in the heart of former Bulldogs defenseman Curt Giles, and not just for everything he accomplished on the ice. It's the memories — good and bad — made off the ice that Giles holds dearest. Duluth is where he met his wife, Mary Pat, during freshmen orientation and where he last saw his father, Jack, alive.
ST. CLOUD—Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin warned his team to stay out of the penalty box this weekend at St. Cloud State. He passed the warning on to the media earlier this week, and spouted it again Saturday, Nov. 4, after his team was swept. "My thing was don't give them that many power plays," Sandelin said. "It's pretty simple."
DULUTH, Minn.—It's no secret Minnesota Duluth sophomore wing Riley Tufte covets a place on the 2018 U.S. Junior National Team and Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin is well aware of Tufte's aspirations. That's why Sandelin sat Tufte down for a chat at the start of the season. "I told him, 'If you start to worry about that stuff through the first half, you're not going to play very well,' " Sandelin said. "He's done a good job blocking that out."
ORONO, Maine — The two things that plagued Minnesota Duluth early in the season — penalty killing and goaltending — shined on the eve of NCHC play. Bulldogs sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard recorded his first collegiate shutout Saturday night and backstopped the penalty kill to a perfect weekend, making 26 saves in a 2-0 nonconference victory over Maine for the weekend sweep at Alfond Arena. The Bulldogs (4-2) begin conference play, traveling to second-ranked St. Cloud State next weekend before returning home to host Western Michigan on Nov. 10-11.