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Matt Wellens

College hockey reporter

Matt Wellens is a college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's hockey programs. He also co-hosts a weekly UMD hockey podcast during the season called Bulldog Insider.

Matt has been covering the Bulldogs since the start of the 2014-15 season. His days covering college hockey go back to the 2003-04 season when he was a freshman at Northern Michigan University. It was at the start of the 2018-19 season that he, Zach Schneider of My 9 Sports and News Tribune multimedia producer Sam Erkkila launched the Bulldog Insider Podcast.

Prior to coming to Duluth in 2014, Matt was the Northern Michigan Wildcats hockey beat reporter in Marquette, Michigan. A Wisconsin native, Matt enjoys judging your choice of beer as well as Star Wars, putting cheese on everything, Kwik Trip and the Green Bay Packers.

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Duluth News Tribune reporter Matt Wellens (right) interviews UMD men's hockey coach Scott Sandelin Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Amsoil Arena.
Tyler Schank / Duluth News Tribune

Defenseman Darian Gotz scored just over two and a half minutes in, winger Luke Loheit had three assists and goaltender Matthew Thiessen got the shutout as the Bulldogs split their series with the Tigers.
Minnesota Duluth beat Ohio State via a back-and-forth 5-4 overtime win on Saturday to cap the regular season series.
Minnesota Duluth drops the first of what coach Scott Sandelin called four important home games in December.
Ohio State improved to 3-0 against Minnesota Duluth this season after beating UMD in the national championship game a year ago.
Bulldogs fifth-year senior defenseman Maggie Flaherty is having a career season thus far at UMD, sharing the team lead of seven goals going into this weekend's home series with Ohio State.
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Scott Sandelin said Wednesday the absences are due to a combination of injuries and illnesses, but the coach expects to have enough players available this weekend against the Tigers.
Mike Sertich was head coach of the UMD men's hockey team for 18 seasons, leading the program to back-to-back NCAA Frozen Fours, winning three WCHA regular season championships and coaching three Hobey Baker Memorial Award winners.
The Broncos scored two goals thanks to UMD penalties in the third period to split the NCHC series in Kalamazoo.
UMD took a 2-0 lead in the opening 4:33, but needed a late goal from sophomore defenseman Darian Gotz to secure the win.
Former Minnesota Duluth captain Parker Mackay led the Bulldogs to back-to-back NCAA championships in 2018 and 2019, being named the tournament's most outstanding player in 2019. Now he's part of a growing group of recent UMD graduates from both the men's and women's programs working as scouts in the NHL.