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—When then 20-year-old Maddie Rooney was named to the 2017-18 United States Women's National Team, it appeared the Minnesota Duluth junior goaltender likely would be just along for the ride to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. After all, that's was Rooney's role when she was part of Team USA for the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship, playing behind the more experienced Nicole Hensley and Alex Rigsby.
DENVER—After combining to score five goals in their first three meetings this season, Minnesota Duluth and Denver launched what this series considers an offensive explosion. In the final regular-season meeting between last year's national championship combatants, the fourth-ranked Pioneers prevailed 4-3 over the ninth-ranked Bulldogs to finish off a season sweep Saturday night, Feb. 3. Junior wing Dylan Gambrell scored the game-winning goal with 10:51 remaining in regulation as the league-leading Pioneers extended their unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2).
DENVER—Denver sophomore center Henrik Borgstrom, the NCHC's leading goal scorer the last two seasons, has put up plenty of points against conference foes. He'd yet to score on Minnesota Duluth, however, until Friday, Feb. 2. The 2016 first-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers and native of Helsinki, Finland, finally scored a goal against the Bulldogs in the third period to lead the NCHC-leading Pioneers to a 1-0 victory at Magness Arena.
DENVER — When fifth-year Denver coach Jim Montgomery recruits defensemen, he insists size is not a factor. What he is looking for are players who can move the puck and get it up the ice. It just so happens that those types of players often come in small packages.
DULUTH—The six-game NCHC winning streak of ninth-ranked Minnesota Duluth came to an end Saturday, Jan. 27, with a 2-1 loss to fifth-ranked St. Cloud State in front of a sellout crowd of 7,149 fans at Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH—Yup, Minnesota Duluth's 1-0 loss Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Minnesota State-Mankato was definitely a hiccup. And a slight one at that. The Bulldogs returned to their winning ways Friday, Jan. 26, extended their program-record NCHC winning streak to six games and moved into a tie for third in the conference standings by routing third-ranked St. Cloud State 5-1 in front of 6,210 fans at Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH, Minn. — After sweeping North Dakota last weekend at home, Minnesota Duluth hopes Tuesday's loss at Minnesota State-Mankato was nothing more than a hiccup. The 1-0 shutout ended a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) for the ninth-ranked Bulldogs, but their five-game NCHC winning streak is alive and well going into the Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:07 p.m. games against fifth-ranked St. Cloud State at Amsoil Arena.
MANKATO, Minn.—When University of Minnesota Duluth sophomore wing Riley Tufte took the ice Tuesday at Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato with an 'AC' decal on his helmet and 'AC' written on his sticks, it wasn't just to honor the memory of former Bulldog Andrew Carroll. It was to say thanks for everything his friends had helped him accomplish in life.
DULUTH — For the second consecutive night, the Minnesota Duluth power play torched the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. And the Bulldogs' penalty kill wasn't too shabby, either. By going 3-for-6 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill, No. 14 UMD finished off the weekend NCHC sweep of the seventh-ranked Fighting Hawks with a 5-2 victory Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 6,903 at Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH—Minnesota Duluth's penalty killers came to the rescue Friday, Jan. 19, as did its best penalty killer. Sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard made 33 saves and helped hold North Dakota to 1-for-8 on power plays in a 5-3 NCHC victory at Amsoil Arena. It was UMD's seventh straight win over the Fighting Hawks, who return to Amsoil for a 7:07 p.m. rematch Saturday, Jan. 20.