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NATIONAL COLLEGIATE HOCKEY CONFERENCE

Denver played the defensive game it needed to play in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals, limiting powerful Michigan's offense and holding off the Wolverines long enough to win in overtime and advance to the national title game.
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.
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.

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A struggling Bulldogs scoring offense takes on a struggling RedHawks scoring defense in NCHC play in Duluth.
The U.S. Olympic men's hockey team will feature 15 NCAA players and four from the NCHC, including Minnesota Duluth captain Noah Cates.
Both coaches remain unsure how many players they'll have available, but they believe they'll have enough cleared from COVID-19 protocols for the NCHC and WCHA series scheduled for Friday and Saturday 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 Twin Ports' college hockey teams felt the brunt of the latest COVID-19 surge thanks to omicron this weekend. Five of the six NCAA Division I and III men's and women's programs in Duluth and Superior had games canceled or postponed between Thursday and Sunday due to healthy and safety protocols.
After starting the season playing eight of their first 12 games against top 10 teams, the No. 6 Bulldogs will run the gauntlet again following their holiday break, starting with the top-ranked Mavericks.

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Seniors Gabbie Hughes, Kobe Roth and Jesse Jacques put up big points in Bulldogs wins, however, both programs would have liked to go into the holiday break off sweeps against key league opponents.
Jesse Jacques and Kobe Roth score two goals apiece to lead Minnesota Duluth to victory in its final game of 2021 at Amsoil Arena.
UMD hosts Denver again at 7:07 p.m. Saturday in the last Bulldogs home hockey game of the 2021 calendar year at Amsoil Arena.

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