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. — Minnesota Duluth has yet to officially release its 2017-18 men's hockey schedule, but thanks to coach Scott Sandelin divulging details at his end-of-the-year news conference and the release of schedules by other teams and leagues, the Bulldogs' schedule is complete.
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth freshman wing Joey Anderson is excited about his younger brother, Mikey, joining the Bulldogs next season. And Joey's not the least bit shy when it comes to sharing how good he thinks his brother will be as a Bulldog. "I'm really excited. I think everyone should be excited, honestly," Joey Anderson said. "He's a player that everyone will love to watch. He's physical, he plays a good shutdown D and can also be up in the play and be offensive. "I think he'll be able to make a big impact."
For the second consecutive season, Minnesota Duluth has lost its No. 1 goaltender to the professional ranks early. Freshman Hunter Miska is forgoing his final three seasons of NCAA eligibility to sign with the NHL's Arizona Coyotes after backstopping the Bulldogs to the NCAA championship game in 2016-17. Miska follows in the footsteps of Kasimir Kaskisuo, who after his sophomore season at UMD in 2015-16, signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
CHICAGO — Minnesota Duluth threw everything it could at the Mike Richter Award winner Saturday night in a 3-2 national championship loss to Denver at United Center. Tanner Jaillet, the Denver junior who was crowned national goaltender of the year Friday, was a busy man in the third period as the Bulldogs attempted 34 shots. His team only mustered eight.
CHICAGO — Back in the newsroom of the Duluth News Tribune, the sports staff has a jar sitting atop a cubicle divider. I believe in a past life it stored pickles, or maybe spaghetti sauce. Now it's decorated with stickers and thanks to the 2016-17 national runner-up Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team, that jar is stuffed to the max with cash.
CHICAGO — When NCHC rivals Minnesota Duluth and Denver meet at 7 p.m. today for the NCAA Division I men's hockey championship at United Center, it will be more than a battle featuring the league's regular-season champion Pioneers and the postseason champion Bulldogs. It's more than a matchup between the top seeds in the NCAA tournament, or a showdown involving the two teams that spent 18 of 20 weeks as No. 1 in the U.S. College Hockey Online polls.
CHICAGO — The year was 2012 and John Marks, coach of the United States Hockey League's Fargo Force, decided it'd be wise to pair together a couple 18-year-olds from Duluth and Eden, N.Y. Five years later, those players not only remain linemates, but are considered by some to be two-thirds of the best forward line in college hockey. They've also developed a lasting friendship, been college roommates the past four years and, most recently, could be seen on television sharing some Chicago-style deep dish pizza together while talking hockey with ESPN's John Buccigross.
CHICAGO — Minnesota Duluth senior wing Alex Iafallo couldn’t help but let his dirty little secret slip Thursday inside United Center after securing a berth in the NCAA championship game. As much it might pain the masses, Iafallo enjoys a good one-goal game. “Definitely nerve-wracking, but a good nerve-wracking,” Iafallo said with a smirk. Nail-biters might be a guilty pleasure for Iafallo and the Bulldogs, but they’ve had enough of those nail-biters that last longer than 60 minutes, which is why UMD’s leading scorer redirected a pass from senior defenseman Willie Raskob through the legs of
FARGO — Sitting in their hotel room prior to playing Boston University in the NCAA West Regional final in Fargo, Minnesota Duluth defensemen and road roommates Willie Raskob and Neal Pionk pondered the implications of that next game. A win would vanquish the painful memories of back-to-back losses the previous two years in regional finals. A win would put the Bulldogs back in the Frozen Four for the first time since 2011. A win would give their injured teammate, senior defenseman Carson Soucy, another chance to put on the Bulldogs sweater one more time.
DULUTH, Minn.—Former Minnesota Duluth goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo has no regrets about the decision he made a year ago to leave after his sophomore season and sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. The 23-year-old from Vantaa, Finland, spent the majority of his rookie season battling ups and downs with Orlando in the ECHL, but recently was called up to the American Hockey League. Just a step away from the NHL, he's flourished, posting a .950 save percentage and 1.47 goals-against average in four games with the Toronto Marlies.