UMD men's hockey: Son bests father, again, as Minnesota State finishes sweep of Bulldogs

Minnesota State junior wing Ryan Sandelin notches another win over his father, Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin, tallying a goal and assist in the Mavericks' 3-0 win at Amsoil Arena.

Minnesota Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin shakes hands with his son Minnesota State forward Ryan Sandelin (14) after the game on Saturday Jan., 1, 2022, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
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Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin was asked earlier in the week if he had anything extra planned for the 23rd birthday of his son, Minnesota State junior forward Ryan Sandelin, which was coming up on Monday.

“Naw, he got enough stuff for Christmas,” Scott Sandelin said with a little chuckle on Tuesday. “He’s not getting anything.”

No extra presents will be necessary for Ryan Sandelin come Monday, not after the former Hermantown High School standout improved to 4-0 in his college career against Dad via a 3-0 nonconference victory Saturday before a New Year’s Day crowd of 5,879 fans at Amsoil Arena.

Ryan Sandelin had a goal and assist in what was his third win over his father at Amsoil Arena.


Minnesota Duluth forward Quinn Olson (15) punches Minnesota State forward Ryan Sandelin (14) on Saturday Jan., 1, 2022, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

"Huge, it's big for us coming into the second half, starting off against a high-quality opponent," Ryan Sandelin said. "These two wins are going to go a long way for us in the Pairwise, because (UMD) plays in the best conference in college hockey (the NCHC). They're going to be playing the best teams night in and night out, they're going to always be in the top five, top 10 of the Pairwise. For us to pick up a couple wins at home and on the road is massive."

Ryan Sandelin helped set up the Mavericks’ first goal of the night — a power-play goal by sophomore defenseman Jake Livingstone 4:32 into the second period. Scott Sandelin challenged the goal for offside — a move that, if successful, would have taken away a point from his son — but the goal was confirmed by video review.

Ryan Sandelin, the Mavericks’ leading goal scorer, clinched Saturday’s win for Minnesota State with an empty-net goal in the final minute, giving him 13 goals on the season.

"I'm really happy for him, not just tonight, but how he's playing, because he's put a lot of work into it," Minnesota State coach Mike Hastings said. "He's had some bumps and bruises before, but he has been as consistent as a forward as we've had this entire year. He's playing with an awful lot of confidence, and he's being rewarded for that hard work and going to the hard areas."

Junior wing Scott Borchardt also scored for the Mavericks with 2:38 remaining in the second period to extend the lead to two. Mavericks goaltender Dryden McKay finished with 23 saves for his seventh shutout of the season and NCAA-record 31st of his college career.


Junior goalie Ryan Fanti made 23 saves on 25 shots, including a few huge ones in the third period during a two-man disadvantage to keep the Bulldogs within two.

The Bulldogs were outshot in the first period 9-3 and the Mavericks were able to maintain a sizeable advantage in possession until the final 5-6 minutes of the second period when shots on goal were 14-6 in favor of the Mavs.

UMD started to gain a foothold on power plays that came late in the second and during the third period, but couldn't convert on either. UMD finished 0-for-4 during its 7:02 of power play time Saturday.

"They were on pucks, they pressure, force turnovers, we didn't handle it well," Scott Sandelin said Saturday. "We never got anything going. We tried to make a little bit of a push. We had some power plays at key times that could have gotten the game back to one goal, and we didn't execute. We didn't execute. We got a lot of work to do, we got a lot of work to do."

Bulldog bites

After having everyone but sophomore wing Luke Mylymok — out long term — available for Thursday’s 2-1 overtime loss at Minnesota State, the Bulldogs were once again without senior defenseman Louie Roehl on Saturday due to an upper-body injury. Roehl missed the final three games before the holiday break with an upper-body injury.

  • Bulldogs freshman center Dominic James left Saturday’s game in the second period with an apparent left leg injury after a collision along the boards. He had to be helped off the ice and to the locker room after trying to make it off under his own power. James, as well as sophomore defenseman Wyatt Kaiser, had just returned to the Bulldogs on Thursday from the U.S. National Junior Team after the World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, were canceled early due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Prior to Saturday’s game, Amsoil Arena held a moment of silence for former Bulldogs' captain Tom Milani of Thunder Bay, who died at the age of 69 this week. Milani played for the Bulldogs from 1972-76, and owns the school record for career goals with 100. He represented Italy in the 1984 Olympics.


Minnesota State 0-2-1—3


Minnesota Duluth 0-0-0—0

First period

No scoring.

Second period

1. MSU, Jake Livingstone (Ryan Sandelin, Andy Carroll), 4:32 (pp)

2. MSU, Cade Borchardt (Julian Napravnik, Brenton Maass), 17:22

Third period

3. MSU, Sandelin (Brendan Furry, Napravnik), 19:06 (en)

Saves — Dryden McKay, MSU, 23; Ryan Fanti, UMD, 23.

Power plays — MSU 1-7; UMD 0-3. Penalties — MSU 5-10; UMD 8-16.

Co-host of the Bulldog Insider Podcast and college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey programs.
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