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 Duluth coach Scott Sandelin didn't want to use injuries as an excuse for his team's 3-2 loss Saturday 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 — Minnesota Duluth had to settle for an NCHC split at Miami after falling 3-2 to the RedHawks tonight at Goggin Ice Center. Miami jumped ahead 2-1 in the latter half of the second period with goals by junior center Ryan Siroky and sophomore forward Carson Meyer. Siroky fired a laser from the point to tie the game at 1-1 while Meyer slipped a puck into the top near-side corner over the stick-side shoulder of Bulldogs sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard.
OXFORD, Ohio — Senior forward Jared Thomas of Hermantown picked up his first two goals of the season tonight to lead Minnesota Duluth to a 3-1 victory over Miami in NCHC play at Goggin Ice Center. Thomas scored the game-winner at 14:51 of the third period with a power-play goal placed top shelf over the shoulder of Miami sophomore goaltender Ryan Larkin.
The Colorado Avalanche gave Duluth native Dominic Toninato his first NHL call-up on Friday, announcing the move on Twitter .
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.
NO. 14 UMD (5-5-2, 1-3) AT MIAMI (4-5-1, 1-2-1) What: NCHC series When: 6:35 p.m. today/6:05 p.m. Saturday Where: Goggin Ice Arena, Oxford, Ohio Series: Bulldogs lead 12-3-2 Coaches: Scott Sandelin, in his 18th season at UMD, is 320-289-84; Enrico Blasi, in his 19th season at Miami, is 379-273-68. TV: None Radio: KDAL-AM 610/KDAL-FM 103.9 Internet: KDAL610.com (audio); nchc.tv (video) Twitter: @mattwellens
MINNESOTA STATE-MANKATO (2-9-1, 1-7) AT UMD (5-8, 2-9-1) What: WCHA series When: 7:07 p.m. today/ 4:07 p.m. Saturday Where: Amsoil Arena Series: Bulldogs lead 62-7-4 Coaches: John Harrington, in his third season at Minnesota State, is 12-64-9; Maura Crowell, in her third season at UMD, is 45-36-6 and 68-45-10 for her career. Internet: nchc.tv/umd Twitter: @UMDWHockey
The first step in solving a problem is knowing one exists. Such is the case with Minnesota Duluth freshman forward Naomi Rogge out of Eden Prairie, who is well aware she needs to tone down the ‘Minnesota Nice’ she lays on her linemate, fellow freshman forward Ashton Bell of Manitoba. “I always tell her every day in practice, ‘Thank you for being my linemate. Sorry for this, sorry for that,’” Rogge said. “She’s like, ‘Just stop Rogges. It’s fine.’”
The Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team crossed another name off the injury report this week with freshman defenseman Mikey Anderson returning to practice in full. Anderson is good to go, according to head coach Scott Sandelin, for this weekend's NCHC series against Miami in Oxford, Ohio. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Friday and 6:05 p.m. Saturday.
The St. Scholastica women’s hockey team is five-for-five to start the 2017-18 season, giving the program its best start since going 8-0-2 in the first 10 games of 2013-14.