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Minnesota Duluth got 10 of its 12 new players on the ice against Arizona State last weekend, including eight of the 10 freshmen. A number of those newcomers made immediate impacts in their first games as Bulldogs, leading to a pair of wins over the Sun Devils.

The Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team improved to 3-0 on its season-opening trip through the state of New York, getting power play goals from defensemen Ashton Bell and Maggie Flaherty, plus key penalty kills late in the third.
This week on the Bulldog Insider Podcast, Minnesota Duluth junior wing Blake Biondi tells us what it was like to have his senior year at Hermantown High School documented by a film crew for the documentary, 'Hockeyland'; and what it was like to go back and relive that part of his life three years later.
Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin wouldn't reveal who his starting goaltender would be this weekend against Arizona State, but he did indicate that as the incumbent, junior Zach Stejskal of Cohasset has the edge.
The lengendary grilled cheese will be joined by a rich, creamy cousin on the flattop grill this season, while the pizza offerings will be getting tasty refreshes for every series.


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Quotable: Tanner Laderoute
After playing on a line Saturday that featured fellow fifth-year senior Jesse Jacques at center and 18-year-old freshman Isaac Howard on the wing, Bulldogs fifth-year senior captain and wing Tanner Laderoute was paired with Howard and 18-year-old freshman center Cole Spicer on Sunday against Arizona State at Amsoil Arena.

I asked the 25-year-old Laderoute after Sunday's game what it was like to play with the two freshmen who arrived this year straight from the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.

Two guys that have known each other forever and played together forever; two true freshmen with with me, it was kind of funny. I was like a father taking care of his kids out there. They've got a lot to learn, but they also have so much potential and so much talent.
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UMD women land top Canadian prospect
Shortly after finishing off their season-opening New York trip a perfect 4-0 on Friday, the Bulldogs received a verbal commitment from 16-year-old Canadian forward Caitlin Kraemer for the class of 2022-24. Kraemer is from Kitchener, Ontario and currently plays in the Waterloo K-W Rangers program in Kitchener. She was an assistant captain last season for her team.

Over the summer, Kraemer competed in Canada's U18 Summer Showcase, scoring two goals in three games. She had three goals and an assist for Canada's National Women's U18 team in the four-game U18 series against the United States. Rumor is she chose the Bulldogs over Wisconsin and Ohio State.

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Soderberg close to tying Rooney for career shutouts
Bulldogs fifth-year senior Emma Soderberg moved alone into fifth all-time at UMD in shutouts on Friday by picking up the 12th of her career in a 4-0 win over Penn State. Soderberg, a Swedish Olympian, was tied with German Olympian Jenny Harss at 11. Now Soderberg is one shy of tying Olympic gold and silver medalist Maddie Rooney for fourth all-time.

It is denoted in the UMD record book that Soderberg was granted a fifth season because of COVID-19, however, she's also played significantly fewer games than anyone else on UMD's career shutout list. Soderberg has 12 shutouts in 58 career games now. Harss had 11 in 89 games and Rooney picked up 13 in a school-record 122 games. The career shutout record at UMD is held by Kayla Black, who had 20 shutouts in 121 games. Riita Schaublin is second with 17 in 104 games and Swedish Olympian Kim Martin is third with 16 in 99 games.

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The Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team has traded in double-digit national champions for double-digit newcomers this season, leaving fifth year seniors Jesse Jacques and Tanner Laderoute the lone remaining members of an NCAA title team left on the roster.
The Minnesota Duluth women's hockey program completed a season-opening sweep of Long Island in nonconference play, getting a big game from its 2022 Olympic gold medalist and captain, Ashton Bell.
The Bulldogs women's hockey program outshot the Sharks 65-6 in a season-opener that pitted a pair of young Swedish goaltenders against each other.
Last year, Derek Daschke was at NCHC Media Day representing Miami as its captain. A year later, his former coach is breaking down the impact the defenseman will make offensively and defensively for the Bulldogs as a fifth-year senior.
The Bulldog Insider Podcast drops the puck on its fifth season with an in-depth conversation with Olympic gold medalist Ashton Bell. The Minnesota Duluth fifth-year senior defenseman and captain is back with the Bulldogs in 2022-23 after traveling the globe last season with Team Canada, winning gold medals at the 2021 and 2022 IIHF World Championship, and at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.
The Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team opens the 2022-23 season with four games in seven days in New York. They hope to close the season with two NCAA Frozen Four wins in three days at Amsoil Arena.

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