Bulldogs Thrilled with Sweep of North Dakota

UMD Open NCHC Play With Six Point Weekend

Saturday night in an AMSOIL Arena hallway, University of Minnesota Duluth Athletic Director Josh Berlo joked he ordered a second ‘Number 1’ flag.  He may need it, depending on how the Div. II volleyball coaches vote.

But there’s little to no doubt Berlo’s Men’s Hockey team will be tops in the nation Monday after the 2nd ranked Bulldogs swept No. 1 North Dakota.

UMD finished off a perfect weekend by blanking the Fighting Hawks, 3–0 backed by a 30 save shutout by Hunter Miska and a goal and assist each from Karson Kuhlman and Kyle Osterberg.

Despite all the talk of a potential top ranking, the number Scott Sandelin wanted to talk about after Saturday’s game was six; as in the number of points the Bulldogs took from their National Collegiate Hockey Conference opening weekend.

“Points are hard to come by, certainly against a team like North Dakota,” said Sandelin.  “A lot of weekends when you’re playing splits are good.  We talked about having these opportunities not come along all the time, we’ve got to find way to get more than three points if we can.  It’s a good building block.”

Osterberg, who also had a pair of assists in Friday’s 5-2 win, believes the Bulldogs can build off their impressive start.

“Two wins, that’s six points and that’s huge for us,” said Osterberg.  “Obviously starting league play by getting two wins is a good momentum building going into next week against St. Cloud.”

The Bulldogs visit St. Cloud State’s Herb Brooks National Hockey Center next Friday and Saturday night.  The Huskies were ranked 10th in last week’s USCHO poll and swept Alabama-Huntsville.

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