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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DULUTH—Coaching was the furthest thing from the minds of former Minnesota Duluth captains Ashleigh Brykaliuk and Adam Krause earlier this year. They were professional hockey players and already prepping to return to their respective teams for 2018-19. Brykaliuk was in China playing in the Canadian Women's Hockey League while Krause was with Rochester of the American Hockey League.
HOUGHTON, Mich. — Minnesota Duluth's play in the second period Friday left coach Scott Sandelin with a sour taste in his mouth despite a 2-1 victory over Michigan Tech. "Second period I didn't like at all," Sandelin said Friday. "It started with breakaways. We had poor coverage again." The coach had few qualms Saturday, Oct. 13, after his third-ranked Bulldogs scored five goals in the second period to beat the No. 19-ranked Huskies 5-2 to complete the nonconference sweep at John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
DULUTH — Minnesota Duluth unveiled its 2018 NCAA championship banner on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Amsoil Arena. Unfortunately, the top-ranked Bulldogs were unable to extend their lengthy eight-game win streak over No. 13 Minnesota, battling their rivals to a 1-1 overtime tie in the regular-season opener before a sellout crowd of 7,362 fans.
DULUTH — Earlier this week, new Minnesota coach Bob Motzko questioned whether Minnesota vs. Minnesota Duluth was still a rivalry. The former St. Cloud State coach meant no disrespect to UMD. He knows it's a very, very big deal when the Bulldogs and Golden Gophers get together, but when one program has won eight straight vs. the other like UMD has against Minnesota over the past four seasons, is it still, indeed, a rivalry?
DULUTH — For Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin, the 2018-19 season is a new year. Yes, he's excited to hang the 2018 NCAA championship banner prior to Saturday's 7:07 p.m. opener against Minnesota at Amsoil Arena, but he's much more eager to turn the page to this season.
DULUTH, Minn.—When the Minnesota Duluth men's hockey program raises its second NCAA championship banner to the Amsoil Arena rafters on Saturday night, 19 of the 26 players from the 2017-18 national championship squad will be back for another season as Bulldogs. Of the 21 players projected to suit up for the 7 p.m. season opener against Minnesota, 17 played in the 2-1 victory over Notre Dame in the Frozen Four final at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
ST. PAUL—Tom Kurvers has scouted plenty of players over the years at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild prospects development camp scrimmage on Thursday, July 12, was a different experience, however. This time, Kurvers was not the enemy. After 11 seasons working for the Phoenix Coyotes and spending the last decade with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Xcel is now the home rink for Kurvers, who was named the Wild's assistant general manager on June 26.
DULUTH — Just because it's June, that doesn't mean Scott Perunovich is impervious to more accolades. The Minnesota Duluth sophomore-to-be added another line to his hockey resume on Saturday after being selected in the second round, No. 45 overall by the St. Louis Blues in the NHL Entry Draft at American Airlines Arena in Dallas.
DULUTH—Joey Anderson knows himself better than anyone, which is why when it came time to make a decision on whether to return for his junior season at Minnesota Duluth or sign with the New Jersey Devils, he knew he had to take the emotion out of it. It was a decision that couldn't be about him and his younger brother, Mikey.
DULUTH—As Minnesota Duluth's run to the 2017-18 national championship showed, the program is well equipped to deal with the early departures of underclassmen. The team lost three last offseason to the NHL after falling in the NCAA title game to Denver, so it stands to reason the Bulldogs will lose one or more this spring and summer after beating Notre Dame for the crown on Saturday. But how prepared is head coach Scott Sandelin to possibly replace his coaching staff?