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 -- Minnesota Duluth’s Scott Sandelin isn’t just a coach. He’s a hockey dad as well. He has a son and a daughter who play the sport. Ryan, 19, is entering his second year of junior hockey. He’s already been through the recruitment process, committing to Minnesota State-Mankato prior to his senior season at Hermantown.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Third-ranked Minnesota Duluth finished off a weekend sweep of to-ranked Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct. 27, with a 3-1 nonconference victory before a crowd of 4,416 at Compton Family Ice Arena. The weekend was billed as a rematch of April’s 2018 NCAA championship game, in which the Bulldogs beat the Fighting Irish 2-1 in St. Paul.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — All week long, the college hockey world wondered how hungry top-ranked Notre Dame was for revenge against a Minnesota Duluth program that six months prior had beaten the Fighting Irish for the NCAA Division I men’s championship in St. Paul.
DULUTH — After the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's teams combined for 14 goals in their Friday wins, the Amsoil Arena goal horn got a little more rest in the series finales on Saturday, Oct. 20. The UMD women beat Bemidji State 2-0 in the afternoon and the men followed in the evening with a 3-2 win over Maine to complete a weekend sweep for the Bulldogs hockey programs.
DULUTH — When Dennis "Red" Gendron was hired to revive the legendary Maine men's hockey program in 2013, the school made sure to tout his previous ties to the program, specifically his time as an assistant under the late Shawn Walsh. Together Walsh and Gendron helped coach the Black Bears to their first NCAA title in 1993, and it'd be easy for the coach to fall back on those days — the glory days for Maine. Instead, he's focused solely on the now, as rough as that has been in recent years for Maine.
DULUTH—Coaching was the furthest thing from the minds of former Minnesota Duluth captains Ashleigh Brykaliuk and Adam Krause earlier this year. They were professional hockey players and already prepping to return to their respective teams for 2018-19. Brykaliuk was in China playing in the Canadian Women's Hockey League while Krause was with Rochester of the American Hockey League.
HOUGHTON, Mich. — Minnesota Duluth's play in the second period Friday left coach Scott Sandelin with a sour taste in his mouth despite a 2-1 victory over Michigan Tech. "Second period I didn't like at all," Sandelin said Friday. "It started with breakaways. We had poor coverage again." The coach had few qualms Saturday, Oct. 13, after his third-ranked Bulldogs scored five goals in the second period to beat the No. 19-ranked Huskies 5-2 to complete the nonconference sweep at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth unveiled its 2018 NCAA championship banner on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Amsoil Arena. Unfortunately, the top-ranked Bulldogs were unable to extend their lengthy eight-game win streak over No. 13 Minnesota, battling their rivals to a 1-1 overtime tie in the regular-season opener before a sellout crowd of 7,362 fans.
DULUTH — Earlier this week, new Minnesota coach Bob Motzko questioned whether Minnesota vs. Minnesota Duluth was still a rivalry. The former St. Cloud State coach meant no disrespect to UMD. He knows it's a very, very big deal when the Bulldogs and Golden Gophers get together, but when one program has won eight straight vs. the other like UMD has against Minnesota over the past four seasons, is it still, indeed, a rivalry?
DULUTH — For Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin, the 2018-19 season is a new year. Yes, he's excited to hang the 2018 NCAA championship banner prior to Saturday's 7:07 p.m. opener against Minnesota at Amsoil Arena, but he's much more eager to turn the page to this season.