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. — Offensively, last weekend's series is one Minnesota Duluth would like to forget after producing just a single goal in a pair of home losses to Denver. But defensively, the Bulldogs had one of their best weekends of the season against the Pioneers, holding one of the nation's most potent offenses to just three goals in two games at Amsoil Arena. UMD's team scoring defense sits fourth in the NCHC and 16th nationally, giving up 2.53 goals per game. Earlier this season the Bulldogs held Maine to one goal on 53 shots in two games.
DULUTH — For the second time this season, Minnesota Duluth failed to pick up any points in a weekend of NCHC play. Top-ranked Denver finished off a sweep of No. 16 UMD on Saturday in front of a crowd of 5,838 at Amsoil Arena, beating the Bulldogs 2-1. The Pioneers shut out the Bulldogs 1-0 the night before. UMD coach Scott Sandelin wasn't pleased with his team's play in the opener, but felt better about Saturday night's effort despite the result.
DULUTH, Minn.—It took him a fair amount of time, but Karson Kuhlman eventually went back to watch Minnesota Duluth's loss to Denver in the 2017 NCAA men's hockey title game. Kuhlman, the Esko native and Bulldogs 2017-18 senior captain, said he watched the game once. His teammate and fellow senior forward, Jared Thomas of Hermantown, was a little braver. He watched the game a week later, but not all of it.
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.