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 mince words Wednesday during his weekly news conference, questioning his team's intensity level after a bye weekend. With three weeks to go in the regular season, he asked whether "guys know what's coming." "Our intensity level needs to get up," the coach said. "Right now I'm not sure it's there. I hope it gets there."
Minnesota Duluth sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard picked up his fourth shutout of the season Friday and the former Grand Rapids Thunderhawk only needed 16 saves to do so as the No. 11-ranked Bulldogs stymied Miami 4-0 in NCHC play at Amsoil Arena.
Miami (10-15-3, 5-11-2) at No. 11 UMD (14-13-3, 8-10) What: NCHC series When: 7:07 p.m. Friday/Saturday Where: Amsoil Arena Series: Bulldogs lead 13-4-2 Coaches: Enrico Blasi, in his 19th season at Miami, is 385-283-70; Scott Sandelin, in his 18th season at UMD, is 329-297-85. TV: Fox Sports North Plus Friday/My9 Saturday Radio: KDAL-AM 610/KDAL-FM 103.9
Last year after getting scratched from the lineup 10 consecutive times and playing in just three of his team's first 17 NCHC contests, Minnesota Duluth forward Blake Young finally found himself back in the lineup in a February game against Nebraska-Omaha. And Young, then a junior, knew exactly what he had to do that night to stay in the lineup.
UMD (12-14-4, 8-11-3) at MS-Mankato (5-24-1, 3-19-0) What: WCHA series When: 2:07 p.m. Friday/Saturday Where: Verizon Wireless Center, Mankato Series: UMD leads 64-7-4 Coaches: Maura Crowell, in her third season at UMD, is 52-42-10 and 75-49-14 for her career; John Harrington, in his third season at Minnesota State, is 15-79-9. Internet: portal.stretchinternet.com/mnsu TV: Fox Sports North Saturday
With less than a month to go in the regular season, the NCHC's race for the Penrose Cup is down to two teams as first-place St. Cloud State and second-place Denver are separated by just three points. But 10 points back of the Pioneers sits a quagmire of five teams separated by just six points, all five of whom have their sights set on hosting a first-round NCHC playoff series in March.
When Catherine Daoust graduates from Minnesota Duluth in the spring, she will have not only completed a four-year collegiate hockey career and a degree in mechanical engineering. The Bulldogs defenseman from L'Ile-Bizard, Quebec, also will have gained a handful of couches to crash on during her upcoming trip through Europe. "That's one of the reasons I came to UMD was the diversity and knowing that once I graduate, I'm going to have friends all over Europe," Daoust said. "That's what's fun. You get to know other cultures."
Twelve from the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey programs are taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The St. Scholastica women's hockey program has three alumni in the Olympics. Here's the rundown: Bulldogs in the Olympics Women’s Hockey United States Maddie Rooney (2015-present)
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.
When former Minnesota Duluth defenseman Sidney Morin, as well as former Boston College forward Haley Skarupa, were added to the U.S Women's National Team roster in November, it unsettled some who had been with Team USA since August. USA goaltender Maddie Rooney, whose position was unaffected, sympathized with her teammates, but was excited at the same time to be reunited with a friend and former UMD teammate.