College hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune covering the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's teams, as well as the NCAA Division III programs at St. Scholastica and Wisconsin-Superior.
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Minnesota Duluth junior wing Riley Tufte is heading to the NHL, but his now former coach with the Bulldogs says he is staying put. "I'm not looking for any opportunity," UMD coach Scott Sandelin said Wednesday during his final press conference of the season at Amsoil Arena. A three-time national championship coach with the Bulldogs following Saturday's 3-0 victory over Massachusetts at the Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y., Sandelin has been peppered in press conferences and TV interviews about making the jump to the NHL.
For Bulldogs men's hockey fans who are already anxious to start mapping out Minnesota Duluth's road to a potential three-peat, you're in luck. The NCHC released its composite conference schedule Wednesday and while UMD hasn't officially released the entire schedule, 94.4 percent of it is already out there thanks to UMD's own season-ticket brochure and reports from other media outlets.
Minnesota Duluth’s three-time national championship coach Scott Sandelin was announced as the head coach for the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team on Tuesday, just hours before he and his team celebrate back-to-back NCAA titles on the UMD campus.
Minnesota Duluth senior wing Billy Exell wasn't just after a second-consecutive national championship Saturday night in Buffalo, N.Y. The native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, was chasing what the Bulldogs' 2017-18 senior class accomplished in St. Paul. He was pursuing what very few get in college hockey — a victory in their very last game. Exell and his fellow 2018-19 seniors Peter Krieger, Parker Mackay and Nick Deery did just that Saturday, beating Massachusetts 3-0 to go out with an even bigger bang than the senior class before them by winning back-to-back NCAA titles.
Another Minnesota Duluth men's hockey season is in the books, which means another Frozen Four has come and gone for 'Bulldog Country' as well. Those of us who follow the program are getting spoiled by all these Frozen Four trips. They're all memorable experiences, whether the Bulldogs win the national championship or fall short. KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y., was the third straight trip for UMD after United Center in Chicago in 2017 and Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul in 2018. Below are my thumbs up, thumbs down and three stars from this year's Frozen Four experience.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — For seven months, through 41 games, week in and week out, Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin has been harping on his team about putting together a complete 60-minute performance. Well, was that what you were looking for Saturday, Mr. Sandelin? "You're damn right it was," Sandelin said with a giant smile outside the locker room of the Buffalo Sabres following a 3-0 dismantling of Massachusetts in the NCAA championship game at KeyBank Center.
The University of Minnesota Duluth will welcome home and celebrate its national championship men's hockey program at 6 p.m. Tuesday on campus at Romano Gymnasium. The Bulldogs beat Massachusetts 3-0 on Saturday at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. to win their third national championship in program history — all in this decade under coach Scott Sandelin — with the last two coming back-to-back.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — With 2:10 remaining in regulation Saturday in the NCAA championship game at KeyBank Center, the University of Minnesota Duluth pep band blasted its fight song for the masses. Bulldogs’ fans weren’t singing along to the song, however. They were well into a chant that would continue until the final buzzer. “Back-to-back! Back-to-back!” The Bulldogs put the wraps on their second consecutive national championship Saturday via a dominating 3-0 victory over Massachusetts before a crowd of 13,624, getting goals from senior captain Parker Mackay, sophomore defenseman Mikey Anderson and freshman center Jackson Cates.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — No matter the sport, or even the level, rarely does a team know when it's final practice or game of the season will take place. Minnesota Duluth has been the exception to that rule the past three seasons, once again playing for the NCAA title Saturday, this time against Massachusetts at 7 p.m. at KeyBank Center.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Growing up in Cohasset, a young Hunter Shepard was a fan of the Minnesota Gophers. As an impressionable 7 and 8-year-old, he watched players such as Adam Hauser of Bovey, Gino Guyer and Andy Sertich of Coleraine and Travis Weber of Hibbing lead the Gophers to back-to-back national championships in 2002 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and in 2003 at then-HSBC Arena in Buffalo.