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Minnesota Duluth sophomore center Justin Richards has always thought of himself as a pass-first kind of player. Shooting first is against his nature, but Richards said he's trying to change that based on the wisdom bestowed upon him by his Bulldogs coaches and father, Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Todd Richards. "I'm always looking for the pass," Richards said. "The coaches have been telling me, and even my dad has been telling me, maybe to be a little more selfish sometimes and to get the pucks on net."
Back from coaching Team USA to a silver medal at the Under-18 Women's World Championship in Obihiro, Japan, Minnesota Duluth coach Maura Crowell knows she and her Bulldogs have some work to do over their final 12 regular-season games. It starts this weekend with fifth-ranked Ohio State coming to Duluth for a pair of WCHA games at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday at Amsoil Arena. Saturday's game will be aired on Fox Sports North Plus as part of the network's Hockey Day Minnesota coverage.
Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin said he addressed his team's unwillingness last Saturday to stay with the game plan in a home loss to St. Cloud State, a defeat that cost the Bulldogs valuable points in the NCHC standings. That doesn't mean he's not worried about it happening again, however.
Back with the Bulldogs after serving as an assistant coach for Team USA at the World Junior Championship, Minnesota Duluth head coach Scott Sandelin decided to shuffle his forward line combinations this past weekend. To do so, the coach had to break up what were some pretty strong trios during the first half. His moves proved mostly positive as UMD split its NCHC series with top-ranked and league-leading St. Cloud State, winning 3-1 on Friday and losing 4-2 on Saturday.
Fifth-ranked Minnesota Duluth was forced to settle for an NCHC series split following a 4-2 loss to top-ranked St. Cloud State on Saturday before a crowd of 6,647 at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period via goals by junior wing Riley Tufte and sophomore center Justin Richards, but the NCHC-leading Huskies had the game tied by the time the first intermission rolled around. A full game recap can be found here.
Minnesota Duluth took a sizable bite out of St. Cloud State's lead atop the NCHC on Friday night. The No. 1-ranked Huskies made the fifth-ranked and Bulldogs spit that chunk back out on Saturday, however, scoring four unanswered goals for a 4-2 victory before a crowd of 6,647 at Amsoil Arena.
Minnesota Duluth took a sizable bite out of St. Cloud State’s lead atop the NCHC on Friday night. The No. 1-ranked Huskies made the fifth-ranked and Bulldogs spit that chunk back out tonight, however, scoring four unanswered goals for a 4-2 victory before a crowd of 6,647 at Amsoil Arena.
Fifth-ranked Minnesota Duluth toppled No. 1-ranked St. Cloud State on Friday 3-1 in league play at Amsoil Arena, gaining crucial ground in the NCHC title race. The third-place Bulldogs went from eight-points back to five back of the Huskies going into Saturday's 7:07 p.m. rematch at Amsoil Arena. Second-place Western Michigan beat Miami to move within four points of the league-leading Huskies. Sophomore wing Nick Swaney, freshman wing Noah Cates and sophomore center Justin Richards scored for UMD while junior goaltender Hunter Shepard made 30 saves.
Fifth-ranked Minnesota Duluth used an opportunistic night to knock off top-ranked and NCHC-leading St. Cloud State on Friday night, scoring a 3-1 win in league play before a crowd of 6,370 at Amsoil Arena. The Bulldogs (12-5-2 overall, 5-3-1 NCHC) were outshot 31-18 by the Huskies (14-3-2, 6-1-2), but scored three goals off three turnovers while getting 30 saves by junior goaltender Hunter Shepard to spoil the return of Brett Larson to his hometown and alma mater.
Upon his hiring as head coach of St. Cloud State in April, former Minnesota Duluth defenseman and assistant coach Brett Larson was told by his 9-year-old son, Lane, "Dad, I hate the Huskies. How could you?" So Larson enlisted three of the Huskies' biggest stars — Ryan, Jack and Nick Poehling — to help win over the younger Larson, and it appeared to work. By NCHC Media Day in September, when Larson told the story of his son's reaction, he reported the Poehling brothers were successful in converting his son.