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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

A non-goal in the third period of the UMD men's game Saturday overshadowed all the great goals on and off the ice this weekend by the Bulldogs at Amsoil Arena.
Kobe Roth puts two pucks into the back of the net in the third period, but only one counted in the 2-2 overtime tie and shootout loss.
Naomi Rogge and Anna Klein score their third goals of the weekend; Gabbie Hughes posts three assists in the Sophie's Squad Hockey Hits Back game against the Beavers.
Hermantown's Blake Biondi got UMD on the board late in the second and Casey Gilling, the former RedHawk, kept the momentum going with a goal early in the third.
Katie Davis, Anna Klein and Naomi Rogge score two goals each to give UMD its third win in three games against Bemidji State.
Dylan Samberg, the former Minnesota Duluth and Hermantown Hawks defenseman, was credited with an assist just 5:41 into his first NHL game on Thursday. He also led the Jets in blocked shots with five.
Minnesota Duluth senior center Gabbie Hughes is not only leading the nation in points per game, she's also leading the way on mental health awareness.
A struggling Bulldogs scoring offense takes on a struggling RedHawks scoring defense in NCHC play in Duluth.
However, the rest of the Bulldogs are struggling offensively, most notably the power play. It could have provided a boost New Year's Day against Minnesota State, but didn't.
The U.S. Olympic men's hockey team will feature 15 NCAA players and four from the NCHC, including Minnesota Duluth captain Noah Cates.