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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With small senior classes this season, the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's programs will sign three players each this fall to national letters of intent for 2019-20. Wednesday was the first day a 2019-20 recruit could sign a letter of intent and unlike previous years where the fall signing period only lasted two weeks, this one will remain open through next summer.
Off to his best offensive start in his four seasons at Minnesota Duluth, senior wing Parker Mackay is on track for a career season with the Bulldogs. Mackay’s six goals and 11 points through 10 games are double (or more) of what he’s posted in the first 10 games of any previous season, but those aren’t the numbers that stand out the most to the UMD captain.
Minnesota Duluth junior wing and co-captain Sydney Brodt had quite the senior national team debut last week at the 2018 Four Nations Cup. In her first major tournament with the U.S. Women's National Team, Brodt registered a point in all four games, totaling three goals and two assists. She credits her linemates — and idols — Kendall Coyne Schofield and Brianna Decker for her offensive success.
Former Minnesota Duluth goaltender Hunter Miska made his NHL debut on Tuesday with the Arizona Coyotes, coming on in relief of Darcy Kuemper in a 6-1 loss at the Detroit Red Wings.
David Carle is trying to continue much of what his former boss, Jim Montgomery, built over the five previous seasons at Denver. But this season — his first as head coach — there's another program he wouldn't mind mimicking in 2018-19. That's the seventh-ranked Pioneers' (5-2-1 overall, 2-2 NCHC) upcoming opponent, top-ranked Minnesota Duluth (8-1-1, 2-0), which visits Magness Arena in Denver for a pair of NCHC games at 8:07 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Despite a 3-0 win over Colorado College on Friday night, Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin had a few qualms. There were things he thought his Bulldogs could clean up. And after Saturday's 5-1 victory at Amsoil Arena, Sandelin still wasn't satisfied. The weather outside could have been better. "Oh, it's snowing out," Sandelin said as he peered outside at the staff parking lot, awaiting questions from reporters. "At least it's not the heavy stuff."
Top-ranked Minnesota Duluth extended its winning streak to eight games on Saturday by finishing off an NCHC series sweep of Colorado College, winning 5-1 before a crowd of 5,903 at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Junior wing Riley Tufte had a goal and two assists, sophomore wing Nick Swaney had two goals while senior captain Parker Mackay and sophomore center Justin Richards each had a goal and an assist. A full recap of Saturday's win can be found here.
Earlier in the week, Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin was critical of his top forward line. Despite combining for six goals in the first eight games, Sandelin wanted more out of Riley Tufte, Peter Krieger and Nick Swaney. It’s a key line, the coach said. “We need that line to be a bigger contributor, for sure,” Sandelin said.
The hockey community — not just from Duluth or Minnesota but all of North America — gathered Saturday at the DECC's Harborside Ballroom to celebrate the life of Minnesota Duluth hockey legend Keith "Huffer" Christiansen, who died Monday at age 74. An All-American and WCHA MVP his senior season with the Bulldogs in 1966-67, Christiansen went on to win an Olympic silver medal with Team USA in 1972. He's a member of the UMD, DECC and U.S. Hockey halls of fame, among many others.
Top-ranked Minnesota Duluth opened NCHC play with a 3-0 win over Colorado College before a crowd of 5,499 on Friday at Amsoil Arena. Junior goaltender Hunter Shepard made 19 saves for his first shutout of the season and ninth of his career, tying him with current Minnesota Wild goaltender Alex Stalock for most career shutouts by a UMD goalie. The Bulldogs scored a goal a period — sophomore center Justin Richards in the first, junior defenseman Nick Wolff in the second and senior wing Parker Mackay on the power play in the third.