Matt Wellens

College hockey reporter

Matt Wellens is a college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's hockey programs. He also co-hosts a weekly UMD hockey podcast during the season called Bulldog Insider.

Matt has been covering the Bulldogs since the start of the 2014-15 season. His days covering college hockey go back to the 2003-04 season when he was a freshman at Northern Michigan University. It was at the start of the 2018-19 season that he, Zach Schneider of My 9 Sports and News Tribune multimedia producer Sam Erkkila launched the Bulldog Insider Podcast.

Prior to coming to Duluth in 2014, Matt was the Northern Michigan Wildcats hockey beat reporter in Marquette, Michigan. A Wisconsin native, Matt enjoys judging your choice of beer as well as Star Wars, putting cheese on everything, Kwik Trip and the Green Bay Packers.

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Duluth News Tribune reporter Matt Wellens (right) interviews UMD men's hockey coach Scott Sandelin Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Amsoil Arena.
Tyler Schank / Duluth News Tribune

The University of Minnesota Duluth will form a committee to help create a different Champ costume after facing backlash from fans over the new costume.
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Hermantown native Blake Biondi scored his first game-winner as a Bulldog in a 2-1 win Saturday at Amsoil Arena.
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Getting outshot 13-2 in the overtime period, UMass junior wing Garrett Wait scored the game-winning goal to keep the Bulldogs from a historic fourth-straight NCAA championship game appearance.
Minnesota Duluth erased a 3-0 first-period deficit to force overtime, but give up a goal 17 seconds into overtime to drop the regular-season finale and finish third in the NCHC.
UMD went 0-for-3 on the power play in the first period, tied the game on a power play early in the third, but gave up two goals late to fall on the road Sunday.
Bulldogs unable to overcome an “incredibly undisciplined” stint late in the second period of series finale.
Bell and Hanley staked UMD to a 2-0 lead in the first, but Minnesota scores 1 in the second and 3 in the third to take the series opener.
Monday was the first of a two-day virtual NCHC Media Day event, featuring the preseason poll and a press conference by commissioner Josh Fenton.