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UMD women's hockey: Bulldogs series at Minnesota State called off by COVID-19

Mavericks program has pushed pause for seven days, per COVID-19 protocols.

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The lake freighter MV Edwin H. Gott is seen behind Minnesota Duluth as they huddle before the start of their game against St. Cloud State on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Amsoil Arena. (Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com)

Minnesota Duluth’s series at Minnesota State-Mankato this weekend has been called off due to positive COVID-19 test results within the Mavericks program.

Minnesota State, who the Bulldogs are scheduled to host next weekend at Amsoil Arena, too, has pushed pause on all team activities for seven days. No decision has been made yet on next week’s series in Duluth.

The Bulldogs are coming off a bye weekend, meaning if next weekend’s series is also canceled, the program will go 26 days in between games. UMD last played Jan. 29-30 in Duluth against St. Cloud State and is supposed to close the regular season Feb. 26-27 at home against Wisconsin.

Both the Huskies and Badgers are possible alternate opponents the next two weeks. SCSU does not have any games scheduled for this weekend and Wisconsin is supposed to be on the bye next week.

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UMD and Wisconsin have both played a league-low 12 games at this point in the season, which is enough to meet the WCHA and NCAA postseason minimums. The Badgers were supposed to host the Bulldogs in December in Madison, but that series was called off due to positive COVID-19 test results within the Badgers’ program.

This weekend’s series in Mankato marks the fifth and sixth games the Bulldogs have had called off due to COVID-19. UMD’s series Jan. 4-5 at Minnesota was canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test result within the Bulldogs program after the holiday break.

UMD did attempt to schedule a single game last Thursday at Amsoil Arena, however, the request to add the game was denied by the WCHA, according to multiple sources.

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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