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Back-to-Back Champions, Minnesota-Duluth Remains Top Dog in NCAA Frozen Four

No longer a Cinderella Story, the No. 2 University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs are your National Champions in back-to-back years. The Bulldogs suffocated the No....

Minnesota-Duluth Advances to Third Straight NCAA Championship Game

Everyone expected a defensive matchup heading into the Frozen Four Semifinal between No. 2 Minnesota Duluth and No. 11 Providence College on Thursday night. The Bulldogs proved it was exactly the type of game they like to play in, coming away with a victory and clinching their third straight trip to the Frozen Four Final. The two schools tied for fourth in the nation in team defense and both showed the nation how they were able to lock teams down for much of the season. While the game finished 4-1, it was a much closer game than the final score would indicate with UMD grabbing two empty netters in the final minute of the game. In fact, Hunter Shepard had to battle between the pipes to keep the Bulldogs in the game for long stretches, stopping 28 of 29 shots from the Friars. His counterpart, senior Hayden Hawkey started a […]

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Minnesota-Duluth Looks to Repeat as Champions in Buffalo

Less than a decade ago, the University of Minnesota Duluth had more Hobey Baker Award winners than any other program in the country, and still do to this day, now with five. Positioned in a hockey hotbed where the community eats, sleeps and breathes the frozen pond, they were the big dog of the Northland. They had all the intangibles that most college hockey programs would love to duplicate. But something was still missing. Not even a decade ago, the Bulldogs were still searching for that elusive first National Championship in men’s hockey. That is until senior Kyle Schmidt played hero, burying the final goal of his collegiate career past Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick in overtime, lifting UMD to a 3-2 win in the National Championship at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. A lot has changed for the ‘Dogs since winning their first National Championship in 2011 and finally […]

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Minnesota Loses Two No. 1 Seeds as Huskies, Mavericks Fall in...

With so much promise heading into the NCAA Hockey Tournament, this looked like it might be the year that Minnesota would break through and show off its depth in college hockey on the national stage. Holding the top three seeds in the tournament, it may have been the best chance to see history made with more than one team from Minnesota advancing to the Frozen Four for the first time ever. The dream fell woefully short as both St. Cloud State and Minnesota State University lost in their first games to the No. 4 seeds in their regions, leaving University of Minnesota Duluth as the lone representative from the State of Hockey beyond the first round. A year removed from a devastating loss to Air Force in the first round of the Sioux Falls Regional, St. Cloud State was expected to come out firing on a redemption tour, holding the […]

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Minnesota College Hockey Takes Center Stage in Upcoming NCAA Tournament

While much of the nation is taking in the madness that is the NCAA basketball tournament, Minnesotans should be paying close attention to another national tournament. The State of Hockey will be very well represented when the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament kicks off this Friday as three Minnesota schools hold number one seeds in their respective regions after finishing ranked top three in the latest national rankings. St. Cloud State University, University of Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota State – Mankato will all be favorites to take home the national title in Buffalo. Here is a look at all three teams heading into the tournament. No. 1 St. Could State University (30-5-3) The Huskies have been a force to be reckoned with all season and claimed the top seed heading into the tournament. Holding the top spot in the USCHO rankings and the tied for first in the PairWise, they earn a […]

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Five Observations from Gophers’ 2-1 OT Loss in Big Ten Semifinal

The late-season surge for Gophers men’s hockey came to a screeching halt Saturday night in South Bend with a 2-1 overtime loss to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, who were seeded No. 2 in the Big Ten Tournament held the No. 3 Gophers in check throughout the night until they were finally able to capitalize on a power play goal to send the Maroon and Gold into the offseason. Senior captain Tyler Sheehy was called for a hooking penalty at neutral ice on a play that looked to be nothing more than a heads-up stick lift. Just 22 seconds later, Eden Prairie native Michael Graham buried the winning goal, sealing the Gophers’ fate. Coach Bob Motzko didn’t mince words after in his post-game presser, calling the ending to the well-fought game an “absolute travesty.” Motzko was also reported to have had a heated exchange with the Big Ten Coordinator of […]

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“The Tourney” Update: How Each of the Remaining Teams Can Bring...

The Tourney has taken over Minnesota as it does on an annual basis. In the first two days, hockey fans were treated to a little bit of everything as the quarterfinal matchups wrapped up Thursday night. We saw high scoring affairs and defensive chess matches. There was a taste of northern hockey vs the metro area and public vs private schools. St. Cloud Cathedral’s Nate Warner (committed to Minnesota) made up for lost time in his junior season with a natural hat trick, giving him 35 points in only his 14th game of the year. There was even a triple overtime game in which goaltender Henry Welsch faced 66 shots before No. 3 Eden Prairie — with a roster of four players committed to Division I schools — could tally the game-winning third goal. More than 18,500 fans flocked to Xcel Energy Center Thursday for each the morning session and […]

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Here’s How the Golden Gophers Can Make a Run in the...

With an up and down regular season coming to an end last Saturday night, the Minnesota Golden Gophers finished on a high note, sweeping No. 12 Arizona State, who came into 3M Arena at Mariucci sporting a record of 21-10-1. In their first season under head coach Bob Motzko the Gophers finished the regular season with a record of 16-15-4, 11-10-3 in conference play, and will look to ride their best stretch of the season into the Big Ten Tournament. “Playoffs are right here,” Motzko said after their victory on Friday night. “They (Arizona State) have a lot to play for. There was some tensity out there, it was hard fought.” The Gophers earned the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, setting the stage for a first-round clash with the No. 6 Michigan Wolverines this weekend in a best-of-three series at Mariucci. With the Gophers sitting at No. 20 […]

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Who Are the Favorites? Who Are the Sleepers? A Preview of...

There is just something different about playoff hockey. The passes are crisper. The hits seem harder. Goal celebrations can bring thousands to their feet in defining rejoice, or silence the most hostile environments. Two weeks ago, the Girls State High School Tournament kicked off the 2019 Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament season. In the 25th anniversary of the Girls’ Tournament, Edina and Breck repeated as Class AA and A Champions, respectively. Now it’s the boys’ turn to take the ice with two state championships on the line. In its 75th year, the Boys’ State High School Tournament has grown into something unlike any other high school playoff in the nation. The record for tournament attendance was set in 2015 when 135,618 fans purchased tickets to watch games at both Xcel Energy Center and 3M Arena at Mariucci. Most years will see at least 100,000 fans between the two arenas, not […]

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Entering Their Final State Tournament, the Vannelli Brothers Leave a Lasting...

As the clock hit zero on the Boys Section 3AA Final Thursday night at Braemar Arena, the St. Thomas Academy Cadets found themselves in a familiar position. Their blue and white gear covered the ice as they celebrated a 4-1 victory over the Eagan Wildcats, punching a ticket to the biggest dance in all of high school sports. “They are all just, different,” said co-head coach Tom Vannelli following the game, reflecting on their tournament runs in the past. “They’re amazing, it’s something that is hard to describe.” Tom and his brother Greg took over the Cadets program as co-head coaches in 2003, and since that time the team has made 11 appearances in the Boys State High School Hockey Tournament, claiming five state titles. The program has flourished on the big stage, featuring a seasoned roster of players who have taken the ice in front of 18,000-plus at the […]

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