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College men's hockey: Bulldogs garner national awards

Minnesota Duluth men's hockey coach Scott Sandelin was named U.S. College Hockey Online coach of the year, while freshman defenseman Scott Perunovich was named rookie of the year, announced today.

Sandelin recently completed his 18th season at UMD, guiding the Bulldogs to their second national championship last week. UMD finished 25-16-3, including victories over Ohio State and Notre Dame in the Frozen Four at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Perunovich, of Hibbing, finished with a team-best 36 points and 25 assists in 42 games. His 36 points ranked fourth nationally among all defensemen, while he ranked third among all NCAA Division I freshmen in scoring. The USCHO award completes a trifecta of national honors, with Perunovich also garnering the Hockey Commissioners' Association Tim Taylor Award and College Hockey News' national rookie of the year honor.

Perunovich was named to the All-USCHO first team, while teammate Hunter Shepard was named to the third team. Shepard, a sophomore goalie from Cohasset, finished with a .925 save percentage and 1.91 goals-against average while tying for second nationally with eight shutouts. He only allowed five goals in UMD's four NCAA tournament games, including only one at even strength.