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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Minnesota Whitecaps at No. 5 Minnesota Duluth What: Exhibition When: 4:07 p.m. Saturday Where: Amsoil Arena Records: UMD went 25-7-5 in 2016-17; the Whitecaps went 10-3-3 Rankings: UMD is No. 5 in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine preseason polls Series: The Bulldogs and Whitecaps played two times last season in Duluth with the Bulldogs winning 4-1 on Sept. 24 and the Whitecaps winning 5-2 on Jan. 7.
Early last season, St. Cloud State forward Judd Peterson of Duluth seemed well on his way to surpassing his sophomore scoring totals of 16 goals and seven assists. The former Duluth Marshall Hilltopper recorded nine goals and four assists before Christmas, but after the holiday break he only could muster two and two as the Huskies were swept out of the first round of the NCHC tournament.
ST. PAUL — While much of college hockey continues to debate the hot topic of early recruitment — and there was plenty talk of that Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center — the NCHC also faced another issue this offseason within the league, the one of early departures. Six of the league's eight teams combined to lose 12 players to the NHL this offseason, the most since the summer before the league began play in 2013-14.
Just four days before an exhibition to open the 2017-18 season, the Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey program announced the resignation of assistant coach Chris Connolly on Tuesday. Connolly, a native of Duluth, was about to enter his second season with the Bulldogs women’s hockey team. He resigned to “take advantage of a career opportunity outside of hockey,” the release said.
Minnesota Duluth was picked to finish fourth in the NCHC according to the 2017-18 preseason media poll released Tuesday. The Bulldogs are coming off a second-place regular season finish and Frozen Faceoff championship in the NCHC in 2016-17, but seven members of that squad graduated and three more left school early to sign NHL contracts. UMD lost six of its eight leading scorers from a year ago, plus its starting goaltender.
The Minnesota Duluth women's hockey program held its first official practice of the season Saturday, but Brooklyn Schugel wasn't on the ice. And she won't be anytime soon. The junior forward from New Ulm, Minn., is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to Bulldogs coach Maura Crowell. As a true junior, she can take a medical redshirt this season and still have two years of eligibility remaining.
The Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team is held its first official full practice of the 2017-18 season on Saturday. Prior to practice, players and head coach Maura Crowell met with local media at Amsoil Arena. Read more .
The Minnesota Duluth women’s soccer team is 4-0 on the season after opening NSIC play with a grinding 1-0 victory over St. Cloud State on Tuesday at Malosky Stadium. And a pair of seniors who could have graduated last spring are a big reason for the fast start.
A year ago, Minnesota Duluth coach Maura Crowell wasted no time naming a starting goaltender. That’s not the case this season because the 2016-17 starter — Maddie Rooney — is gone with the U.S. National Team for the 2018 Winter Olympics and her absence has left the Bulldogs without a clear-cut No. 1.
At midnight Wednesday, Duluth native Dominic Toninato is a free man. The Duluth East and Minnesota Duluth standout who was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft will become a free agent at that time and can sign with any NHL franchise he chooses. Toninato is coming off a career-best senior season with the Bulldogs that saw him score 16 goals and 13 assists while captaining the team to an NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship and an appearance in the NCAA championship game at the Frozen Four in Chicago.