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 — The 2017 NCAA Frozen Four will be a new experience for almost everyone on the Minnesota Duluth men's hockey roster, but thanks to the program's 2011 NCAA title run, much of the Bulldogs staff and fan base have been through it before. That's especially true for 13-year-old Bulldogs fan Sam Anderson of Hermantown, Minn. He'll be one of the more experienced fans you'll run into this week in Chicago. The Duluth Marshall seventh-grader is a Frozen Four veteran. The Windy City will be his eighth trip to the NCAA hockey season's biggest event.
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth sophomore wing Billy Exell knows he's not the stereotypical fourth-liner. Generously listed at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, the native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, knows he's at a size disadvantage when going up against the likes of 6-5, 250-pound Western Michigan forward Mike McKee or 6-7, 230-pound St. Cloud State forward Ben Storm.
DULUTH, Minn.—The NCAA and ESPN were probably wise to place the Minnesota Duluth-Harvard game as the early Frozen Four semifinal at 5 p.m. next Thursday at United Center in Chicago. As for Denver and Notre Dame in the second semifinal, they should plan on a much later start than the scheduled 8:30 p.m. puck drop because 60-minute games often has not been the norm for the Bulldogs this season.
MINNEAPOLIS — Trevor Olson's glory against his hometown Bulldogs was brief. The Greyhound-turned-North Dakota Fighting Hawk tied the NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship game on a 5-on-3 power-play goal with less than three minutes to play, but Minnesota Duluth freshman wing Joey Anderson scored on a two-man advantage with a hair over 50 seconds left on the Target Center clock for a 4-3 UMD victory Saturday night in front of 10,297 fans.
No. 2 Minnesota Duluth vs. No. 3 Western Michigan What: NCHC semifinal When: 4:08 p.m. Friday Where: Target Center, Minneapolis Records: Minnesota Duluth is 23-6-7 overall; Western Michigan is 22-10-5 Rankings: The Bulldogs are No. 3 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Magazine polls; the Broncos are No. 8 in both polls Series: UMD leads 12-7-1 after the teams went 2-2 against each other during the regular season Coaches: Scott Sandelin, in his 17th season at UMD, is 310-283-82; Andy Murray, in his sixth season at Western Michigan, is 103-94-32
DES MOINES, Iowa — Alex Stalock's days in the NHL may be numbered. But the former Minnesota Duluth goaltender once again has a purpose in hockey. After spending three seasons in the NHL as the San Jose Sharks backup goaltender, the 29-year-old Stalock finds himself back in the minor leagues playing for the Minnesota Wild's top American Hockey League affiliate, the Iowa Wild.
DULUTH, Minn.—Minnesota Duluth is the top-ranked team in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey for the first time since Jan. 30, 2012, following its weekend home sweep of previously unanimous No. 1 North Dakota at Amsoil Arena to open NCHC play. After spending two weeks at No. 2, UMD (5-1-2 overall, 2-0 NCHC) currently holds the top spot in both of the major polls released Monday. It's the first time that's happened since Jan. 23, 2012.
DULUTH, Minn.—A No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey is a rare treat, one that's happened only four times in the last decade and never before in Duluth. Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin, whose Bulldogs are ranked No. 2, could care less. The same goes for North Dakota coach Brad Berry, whose Fighting Hawks are a unanimous No. 1. Neither coach is concerned about how high their team is ranked in late October. That kind of fretting is for February and March.