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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.

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.
UMD gets goals from fifth-year seniors and first-timers by freshmen in nonconference rout.


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Minnesota Duluth defeats Colorado College 4-0
Minnesota Duluth defeats Ohio State 5-4 in OT

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Dylan Samberg gets first NHL goal
Less than a month ago, former Bulldog Cole Koepke got his first NHL goal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. On Sunday, his former Hermantown High School and UMD teammate Dylan Samberg scored his first NHL goal in the Winnipeg Jets' 5-2 home win over the Anaheim Ducks.

Samberg's seventh career NHL point in 32 NHL games came 13:28 into the second period, tying the game at 2-2. The puck is bound for his parents' house the next. You can watch the goal below, and listen to Samberg describe it here.

UMD men land commitment from Slovakian goaltender
Adam Gajan, a 18-year-old goaltender from Poprad, Slovakia, has verbally committed to play for the Bulldogs in the future.

The 6-foot-3, 176-pound Gajan is currently in his first season playing in North American where he is splitting time in net playing for the Chippewa Steel of the NAHL. He’s 6-7-1 as a starter with a .921 save percentage and 2.71 goals against average in 14 games for the Steel.

Gajan made NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary watch list for the 2023 draft, receiving a C grade.

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The Broncos scored two goals thanks to UMD penalties in the third period to split the NCHC series in Kalamazoo.
Fifth-year senior wing Anneke Linser scores twice and fifth-year senior goaltender Emma Soderberg earns her 15th career shutout.
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.
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Minnesota Duluth freshman wing Ben Steeves has six goals in his first 10 games as a Bulldog, the most goals by a UMD rookie since J.T. Brown had five in his first 10 games of the 2010-11 NCAA championship run.
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UMD women are hopeful to have Gabbie Hughes back for home series against Harvard while Dominic James is listed as probable for the Bulldogs' men's series at Western Michigan.

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