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 — For the second consecutive season, the Minnesota Duluth women's hockey program saw its season cut short via a heartbreaking postseason loss at Amsoil Arena.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Bulldogs are heading home today to snowy Duluth, and they will remain there for the next couple weeks. Ninth-ranked Minnesota Duluth followed up Friday's 8-0 win at Western Michigan with a 6-1 victory Saturday, Feb. 24, to complete the sweep of No. 17 Western Michigan at Lawson Ice Arena.
DULUTH — If anyone understands the injury woes Western Michigan is enduring in the second half of this season, it's Minnesota Duluth. Eight Bulldogs missed games due to injury in the first half of 2017-18, with a peak of five players out when UMD traveled to St. Cloud State to open NCHC play in October. Now it's the Broncos who are constantly cycling players in and out of the training room, with two top-line forwards out for the foreseeable future.
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.