Bulldogs Competing In AHL And ECHL Playoffs

I was able to compile an offseason UMD hockey notebook for today’s Duluth News Tribune and duluthnews.com in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association convention and league meetings that are taking place this week. The notebook touches on the possibility of a combined NCHC/WCHA playoff weekend under one roof (keep dreaming, no matter how interesting…
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Incoming UMD Forward Mackay Wins AJHL Playoff Title, MVP Award

Incoming Minnesota Duluth forward Parker Mackay was named the Alberta Junior Hockey League Playoffs Most Valuable Player Sunday night after he and the Spruce Grove Saints won their second-straight AJHL Championship via a 2-1 overtime win over the Brooks Bandits in Game 6 of the best-of-seven finals series. Mackay confirmed with the News Tribune Monday…
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A Tentative Look At The 2015-16 UMD Men’s Hockey Schedule

Note: This post has been updated after the re-release of the 2015-16 schedule on Wednesday. – MW Minnesota Duluth posted a tentative 2015-16 men’s hockey schedule Tuesday on its website before pulling it. The official release is scheduled for Wednesday in conjunction with the NCHC. The Bulldogs open the season on Sunday, Oct. 4 (not…
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A Look At The Bulldogs Verbal Commitments For 2016-17 And Beyond

Today in the Duluth News Tribune and online at duluthnews.com, I take a look at the four recruits Minnesota Duluth will bring in next season. Neal Pionk and Adam Johnson of the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers, Parker Mackay of the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints and Nick Deery, goaltender for the Stienbach Pistons of the MJHL, will…
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UMD Women’s Hockey Program Holding Silent Auction For Vasichek Saturday Night

The Minnesota Duluth women’s hockey program is holding a silent auction to benefit strength and conditioning coach/equipment manager Julianna “Montana” Vasichek as part of an event at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Great Lakes ballroom of the Holiday Inn in Duluth. The event, which is free and open to the public, will celebrate outgoing head…
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Postgame: Boston University 3, Minnesota Duluth 2 (NCAA Northeast Regional Championship)

Second-seeded Minnesota Duluth had its season come to an end Saturday via a 3-2 loss to top-seeded Boston University in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship in Manchester, N.H. Here are my thumbs up and thumbs down from Saturday’s regional final, followed by my three stars of the game. Thumbs up to UMD ending the season with one of…
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Pregame Warmup: No. 2 Minnesota Duluth Vs. No. 1 Boston University (NCAA Northeast Regional Final)

No. 2-seeded Minnesota Duluth takes on No. 1-seeded Boston University at 4:30 p.m. CDT on ESPN2 in the NCAA Northeast Regional final at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. The winner advances to the Frozen Four two weeks from now in Boston. For updates from tonight’s game, you can follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/mattwellens. The Bulldogs’ line…
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Postgame: Minnesota Duluth 4, Minnesota 1 (NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinal)

Second-seeded Minnesota Duluth topped third-seeded Minnesota 4-1 on Friday in an NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. The Bulldogs advance to face top-seeded Boston University at 4:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday in the regional final in Manchester. Here are my thumbs up and thumbs up from Friday’s regional semifinal, followed by my…
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Pregame Warmup: No. 2 Minnesota Duluth Vs. No. 3 Minnesota (NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinal)

No. 2-seeded Minnesota Duluth takes on No. 3-seeded Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. CDT on ESPNU in the second NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. No. 1 Boston University beat No. 4 Yale in the first semifinal of the day, 3-2, in overtime. It has pushed the Bulldogs game back by about 30…
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Predicting The 2015 NCAA Tournament

Earlier today in my hotel room – prior to getting stuck in traffic on my way to Verizon Wireless Arena for the first NCAA Northeast Regional semifinal between Boston University and Yale – I sat down to finally finalize my bracket for the 2015 NCAA Tournament. I recorded it for Instagram and you can see…
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