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Coaches Corner: Scott Sandelin

For this week's segment, we hear from the head coach of the UMD men's hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with UMD men’s hockey head coach Scott Sandelin as the Bulldogs get set to open their season next week in the NCHC’s pod in Omaha. Sandelin also spoke about his expectations for this year’s squad, as well as what he likes about his captain Noah Cates. Categories: College, Friday Night…

UMD Women’s Hockey Drop Home Opener to Minnesota

Ashton Bell and Kylie Hanley scored for the Bulldogs.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior captain Ashton Bell and junior forward Kylie Hanley would score for the UMD women’s hockey team, but Minnesota would score four unanswered goals as the Golden Gophers knock off the Bulldogs 4-2 Friday night at Amsoil Arena. UMD will look to split the series Saturday afternoon. Puck drop for that game is set for 3:07 p.m….

UMD Men’s Hockey To Open Season December 1st as NCHC Announces Schedule Changes

The Bulldogs will now open their season Tuesday, December 1st against Omaha.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Due to a positive COVID-19 case on the Colorado College men’s hockey team that is forcing them to quarantine and delay the start of their season, the NCHC has announced some changes to the pod schedule, which does impact the UMD men’s hockey team. The Bulldogs will now open their season Tuesday, December 1st against Omaha….

The Three Most Important Questions Heading Into the Season for the UMD Men’s Hockey Team

The Bulldogs kick off their season next Wednesday against Denver in the NCHC pod in Omaha.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team are less than a week away from the start of their season. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at the top three questions heading into this upcoming season. The #1 question has probably been the most commonly asked since the abrupt end to last season: who will replace Hunter…

UMD Women’s Hockey Freshman Clara Van Wieren Talks About Stellar Debut for the Bulldogs

Van Wieren's two-goal weekend earned her Rookie of the Week honors from the WCHA.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last weekend, UMD’s Clara Van Wieren scored a goal in each of her first two collegiate games, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished at UMD since 2007, which helped her land Rookie of the Week honors from the WCHA. We spoke with her this week about what it meant to make an immediate impact for the Bulldogs….

UMD Women’s Hockey Set to Host Rivals Minnesota at Amsoil Arena

Puck drop for Friday's game is set for 6:07 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – 271 days. On Friday night, that will be how long it has been since the UMD women’s hockey team has played a game at Amsoil Arena. And this weekend’s home opener couldn’t have come at a better time with their stellar start to the season. UMD is coming off a dominant sweep over Minnesota State Mankato, outscoring…

Thanksgiving Plans Different This Year for UMD Men’s Hockey Team

The NCHC is requiring all teams to quarantine for seven days before heading to the pod in Omaha.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team are a week away from the start of their season and the NCHC is requiring all teams to quarantine for seven days before heading to the pod in Omaha. So according to head coach Scott Sandelin that means Thanksgiving will be a little different this year for his players. “They’re going to…

Duluth East’s Joe Vos Commits to St. Thomas Baseball

Vos is the fourth Greyhound to play Division I baseball in the past three years.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East’s Joe Vos has committed to joining the St. Thomas baseball team. Last month, Vos had committed to Kirkwood Community College. But now, Vos will go straight to the Division I ranks as a two-way player. And if you’ve been keeping track, that’s the fourth Greyhound to play Division I baseball in the past three years….

UMD’s Scott Sandelin, Noah Cates Talk Playing in the Omaha Pod

The Bulldogs open their season in the pod next Wednesday against Denver.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday, the NCHC held Day Two of their annual Media Day, virtually of course. The main topic of discussion for all the teams, including UMD, was the Omaha pod. The Bulldogs will have seven games in the first 12 days, playing a team every other day. All in all, it will be 10 games in 19 days….

Duluth East’s Molly Henderson Commits to UW-Eau Claire Women’s Soccer Team

In six games this past season, the senior forward finished with nine goals, including a hat trick late in the season against Cloquet-Carlton.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East’s Molly Henderson has signed her National Letter of Intent to join the UW-Eau Claire women’s soccer team. In six games this past season, the senior forward finished with nine goals, including a hat trick late in the season against Cloquet-Carlton. For her career, she scored 25 goals and eight assists. Her reason for choosing the…

UMD’s Noah Cates, Cole Koepke Named to NCHC Preseason All-Conference Team

Both junior forwards recorded 33 points each last season.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – During day two of Media Day, the NCHC announced that UMD’s Noah Cates and Cole Koepke were named to the preseason all-conference team. Cates is coming off a productive sophomore year, tallying 14 goals and 19 assists, which earned him a spot on the All-NCHC First Team. Koepke also finished with 33 points last season, including…

UMD Men’s Hockey Picked to Finish Third in NCHC Preseason Coaches Poll

The Bulldogs were picked to finish 3rd, behind North Dakota and Denver, who were first and second, respectively.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – We are just over a week away from the start of the NCHC season. The UMD men’s hockey team will be heading to the pod in Omaha, Nebraska to get things started off. But first, let’s check out the conference’s preseason coaches poll which was released Monday. The Bulldogs were picked to finish 3rd, behind North…

Minnesota Wilderness Season Paused

The pause will last until at least December 26th.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness announced Saturday that their season has been paused. According to a press release, the decision is a result of the latest executive order put out by the state of Minnesota. The pause will last until at least December 26th. The Wilderness have only been able to play three games so far this season, recording…

UMD Women’s Hockey Sweep Opening Season Series vs. MSU Mankato

Next up for the Bulldogs is their home opener next weekend against rivals Minnesota.

MANKATO, Minn. – Kylie Hanley, Anneke Linser and Anna Klein each scored two goals as the UMD women’s hockey team won a high-scoring affair over Minnesota State Mankato 7-3 Saturday night. Freshman Clara Van Wieren also scored for the Bulldogs, who swept the series over the Mavericks. Next up for UMD is their home opener next weekend against rivals Minnesota….

Coaches Corner: Maura Crowell

For this week's segment, we chat with the head coach of the UMD women's hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with UMD women’s hockey head coach Maura Crowell as the Bulldogs open their season this week. Crowell also spoke about the protocols her team have to go through to get on the ice, as well as her expectations for junior goalie Emma Soderberg. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday Night Frenzy,…

UMD Women’s Hockey Blank Mankato on Opening Night

Taylor Anderson, Naomi Rogge, Anna Klein, Ashton Bell and Clara Van Wieren all scored for the Bulldogs.

MANKATO, Minn. – Five different players scored a goal and junior goaltender Emma Soderberg finished with a shutout as the UMD women’s hockey team opened their season with a win over Minnesota State Mankato 5-0 Friday night. Taylor Anderson, Naomi Rogge, Anna Klein, Ashton Bell and Clara Van Wieren all scored for the Bulldogs. They’ll look for the sweep Saturday…

Big Shoes to Fill for UMD Women’s Hockey Goalie Emma Soderberg

Soderberg says she is excited for the opportunity and grateful for the time she spent behind one of the best goaltenders in program history.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team will open their season Friday night against Minnesota State Mankato. Junior Emma Soderberg will start in net for the Bulldogs and she’s got some big shoes to fill following the departure of Olympic gold medalist Maddie Rooney. But the Sweden native is excited for the opportunity and grateful for the time she…

UMD Women’s Hockey To Open Season Friday Night in Mankato

Puck drop this Friday night is set for 6:07 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been over eight months since the UMD women’s hockey team has played in a game. So the understatement of the year could be that the Bulldogs are very excited to open the season this weekend. UMD brings back four of their top five scorers from last season who accounted for more than half of UMD’s goals….

Chisholm’s Abby Thompson Commits to MSU-Moorhead Volleyball Team

Thompson is the first player in program history to continue her volleyball career at the next level.

CHISHOLM, Minn. – Wednesday, Chisholm’s Abby Thompson signed her National Letter of Intent to join the Minnesota State Moorhead volleyball team. Thompson is the first player in program history to continue her volleyball career at the next level, an honor she is well aware of. “I’m so happy I kind of made that name for myself here. And I hope…

Proctor/Hermantown’s Ella Anick Signs NLI for Bemidji State Women’s Hockey

The senior blueliner recorded nine goals and 21 assists last season, helping the Mirage advance to the section title game.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – Proctor/Hermantown’s Ella Anick has signed her National Letter of Intent to join the Bemidji State women’s hockey team. The senior blueliner recorded nine goals and 21 assists last season, helping the Mirage advance to the section title game. Anick joins Grand Rapids/Greenway’s Claire Vekich who also committed to joining the Beavers last week. Categories: College, High School,…

UMD Basketball Teams to Open Regular Season January 2nd

The Bulldogs will open their season January 2nd at home against Winona State.

DULUTH, Minn. – Friday, the NSIC released the schedules for the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball seasons. The Bulldogs will open their season January 2nd at home against Winona State. It will be a 16-game schedule with teams playing the same opponent at one site on back-to-back days. Needless to say, the UMD coaches were more than excited about the…

Former CSS/UMD Defenseman Brenden Kotyk Announces Retirement from Pro Hockey

Kotyk spent the past three years playing in the ECHL with both Toledo and Greenville. He started his pro career with Hartford in the AHL in 2017, and totaled 52 points throughout his pro career. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Former St. Scholastica and UMD defenseman Brenden Kotyk announced on his Twitter on Friday afternoon his retirement from professional hockey. Kotyk spent the past three years playing in the ECHL with both Toledo and Greenville. He started his pro career with Hartford in the AHL in 2017, and totaled 52 points throughout his pro career. Kotyk spent…

Minnesota Wilderness Return to the Ice After Quarantine Delays Season Opener

The Wilderness will open their season Saturday night at home against the Minnesota Magicians.

CLOQUET, Minn. – After a positive COVID case put their season opener on hold, the Minnesota Wilderness were back on the ice last week as they get set for their season opener this weekend. Although the team wasn’t able to be together during their quarantine, the coaching found different ways to keep in contact with the team, even with some…

Northland High School Athletes Celebrate National Signing Day

National Letters of Intent were signed across the Northland on Wednesday.

DULUTH, Minn. – National Signing Day is the day high school athletes dream about. It’s time to put pen to paper and officially sign National Letters of Intent to make those college commitments official. Here’s a list of those who committed on Wednesday: Duluth Marshall’s Gianna Kneepkens — Utah women’s basketball Duluth Marshall’s Emilia McGiffert — Eastern Michigan women’s soccer…

UW-Superior Suspends Athletics for Remainder of Fall Semester

This includes practices and workouts, as well as the intra-squad games the Yellowjackets teams have been hosting for the past two months.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Superior is suspending all athletics and activities on-campus for the rest of the fall semester. This includes practices and workouts, as well as the intra-squad games the Yellowjackets teams have been hosting for the past two months. The athletics department says they hope to begin the winter sports season some time in January of…

UMD Men’s Hockey Team to Open Season Against Denver in Omaha Pod

The Bulldogs' home opener will be Saturday January 2nd against St. Cloud State.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 3rd-ranked UMD men’s hockey team will open their season in the pod at Baxter Arena on December 2nd against 5th-ranked Denver. They will play the Pioneers again later in the month as well as two games against Miami-Ohio, Colorado College, top-ranked North Dakota and the hosts Omaha, who will face the Bulldogs in their final…

UMD Women’s Hockey Players Talk WCHA Season Opener

After facing the Mavericks, UMD will host rivals Minnesota for Thanksgiving weekend at Amsoil Arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s team found out on Friday that their season will begin November 20th against Minnesota State-Mankato. The Bulldogs have been practicing for the past several weeks. But now, the mentality changes as they begin preparing for actual opponents. “We’ve been doing scrimmages on Friday, making it really game-like. We wear jerseys. The music’s loud during…

UMD Women’s Hockey to Open Season November 20th

The league will drop the puck on the weekend of November 20th as teams will play eight league games before breaking for the holidays after December 19th.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – After months of planning, the WCHA released the first-half schedule for the upcoming women’s hockey season Friday afternoon. The league will drop the puck on the weekend of November 20th as teams will play eight league games before breaking for the holidays after December 19th. League play will then resume as early as January 1st, 2021. According…

UMD Men’s Basketball Team Hosting Two New Camps

Space will be limited to the first 60 registrations for each camp.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s basketball team have announced two new camp opportunities. The first will be a Black Friday Camp on November 27th. It will be open to boys and girls from 4th to 8th grade. The other will be a Competition Camp, which will take place every Saturday from November 28th to December 19th. That camp will…

UMD Women’s Hockey Ranked 8th in First Preseason National Poll

The Bulldogs finished last season in the same spot with an 18-12-6 overall record.

DULUTH, Minn. – The USA TODAY/USA Hockey Magazine preaseason poll was released Tuesday afternoon and the UMD women’s hockey team are ranked 8th among all Division I NCAA programs. The Bulldogs finished last season in the same spot with an 18-12-6 overall record. Head coach Maura Crowell will bring back four of the top five scorers from last season, including…

Northwestern’s Titus Graden Commits to Upper Iowa Football

Through five games this season, Graden has 12 solo tackles and 21 total and also has a fumble recovery.

MAPLE, Wis. – Northwestern linebacker Titus Graden announced on Twitter on Sunday that he has committed to Upper Iowa of the NSIC. Through five games this season, Graden has 12 solo tackles and 21 total and also has a fumble recovery. Back in May, Graden was invited to the Hawaii Tiki Bowl in Honolulu from Dec. 30 to Jan. 4,…

Former Bulldog Jared Thomas Traded to ECHL’s Indy Fuel

The Hermantown native joins fellow Bulldog Peter Krieger, who signed with the Fuel last Friday.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Florida Everblades of the ECHL have traded UMD alum Jared Thomas to the Indy Fuel. It was a short stint with the Everblades for Thomas, who signed with the team on September 20th. The Hermantown native joins fellow Bulldog Peter Krieger, who signed with the Fuel last Friday. Categories: Professional Sports, Sports, University of Minnesota –…

Minnesota Wilderness Player Tests Positive for COVID-19, Team Announces Schedule Changes

The Wilderness's new home opener will be November 14th against the Minnesota Magicians.

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Minnesota Wilderness have learned that one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19, according to general manager Dave Boitz. That player began showing symptoms this past Saturday following an exhibition game Friday night against Kenai River. Game two of the doubleheader on Saturday was cancelled and since then, no other players on the team tested…

East’s Joe Vos, Esko’s Noah Furcht Commit to Kirkwood CC Baseball Team

Vos and Furcht are teammates on the Minnesota Blizzard travel baseball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth East’s Joe Vos has committed to joining the Kirkwood Community College baseball team. That is the second Northland commit to join the Eagles, as Esko’s Noah Furcht also committed there about two months ago. It also helps that they are teammates on the Minnesota Blizzard travel baseball team. “I hadn’t even been talking to Kirkwood really….

UMD Men’s Hockey Debut at #3 in First USCHO Poll

The Bulldogs are one of four NCHC teams on the list, including North Dakota, who occupy the top spot.

DULUTH, Minn. – The first Division I U.S. College Hockey Online poll was released Monday and the UMD men’s hockey team debuts at #3. The Bulldogs are one of four NCHC teams on the list, including North Dakota, who occupy the top spot. Dating back to the end of last season, UMD has won five straight games, including nine of…

Former Bulldog Peter Krieger Signs With ECHL’s Indy Fuel

Krieger spent the past season in Sweden with Vasterviks IK where he recorded 12 goals and 10 assists in 52 games.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD forward Peter Krieger has signed a contract with the Indy Fuel, the ECHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, for the upcoming season. Krieger spent the past season in Sweden with Vasterviks IK where he recorded 12 goals and 10 assists in 52 games. Krieger spent two seasons with the Bulldogs, scoring 20 goals and recording…

Boston Bruins Re-Sign Former UMD Captain Karson Kuhlman

The 25-year-old appeared in 25 games last season, recording one goal and five assists.

BOSTON, Mass. – The Boston Bruins announced Tuesday that have re-signed former UMD men’s hockey captain Karson Kuhlman to a two-year contract. The 25-year-old appeared in 25 games last season, recording one goal and five assists. The Esko native also skated in five playoff games for Boston in the NHL’s Toronto bubble. Kuhlman originally signed with the Bruins back in…

UMD Men’s Hockey Players Talk Announced Start for NCHC Regular Season

Starting this week, practices now have a defined purpose with the start of the NCHC season just six weeks away.

DULUTH, Minn. – The NCHC announced Friday that the first part of their regular season will take place in a pod at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Baxter Arena. So college hockey is officially back on and that means the UMD men’s hockey team will begin their title defense that was cut short back in March. The Bulldogs have been…

Local Nortland Cross Country Coaches React to Gophers Cutting Men’s Indoor Track and Field

South Ridge coach Jeremy Polson ran cross country and track at the University of Minnesota from 1996 to 2001 and North Shore coach Dan Hebl ran there from 1985 to 1990.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last week, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents officially voted to cut three men’s sports, including indoor track and field. That news hits a little close to home for two Northland cross country coaches who also competed for the Gophers. South Ridge coach Jeremy Polson ran cross country and track at the University of Minnesota from…

Cloquet’s Lauren Sertich Commits to St. Cloud State University Cross Country

Sertich wrapped up a stellar cross country career at Cloquet, making it to the state meet for cross country three times.

CLOQUET, Minn. – Cloquet senior Lauren Sertich will be running cross country at St. Cloud State University. Sertich wrapped up a stellar cross country career at Cloquet, leading the Lumberjacks to an 11th place finish at the section meet this past week and was the top female finisher for the Jacks. Sertich made it to the state meet for cross…

UMD’s Josh Berlo Talks Bulldogs Hosting 2023 Women’s Frozen Four

This will be the fourth time the Bulldogs will host the event and second time it will be held at AMSOIL Arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD was chosen to host the 20223 Women’s Frozen Four at AMSOIL Arena, the NCAA announced earlier this week. This will be the fourth time the Bulldogs will host the event and second time it will be held at AMSOIL Arena. UMD hosted the Frozen Four in 2003, 2008 and 2012 with the Bulldogs winning the national…

UMD’s Gabbie Hughes, Former Bulldogs Invited to USWNT Evaluation Camp

She'll see some former Bulldogs too, as Sydney Brodt and Maddie Rooney also received invites.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD women’s hockey standout Gabbie Hughes is one of 53 players who have been invited to the U.S. Women’s national team’s evaluation camp that will begin October 25th down in Blaine. The junior led the Bulldogs in scoring last season for the second straight year. She’ll see some former Bulldogs too, as Sydney Brodt and Maddie Rooney…

NCHC Regular Season to Begin in “Pod” at the University of Nebraska Omaha

The 26-game conference schedule will feature a two-part format, which includes utilizing a centralized location for all NCHC games to start the season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference announced Friday that it has finalized plans to begin the 2020-2021 regular season on December 1st in a pod at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Baxter Arena. The conference will be split into two divisions. The East Division consists of UMD, Miami, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan. The West Division consists…

UMD to Host 2023 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four

This is the fourth time the Bulldogs will host the tournament and the second time it will be held at Amsoil Arena.

DULUTH, Minn. – The NCAA announced Wednesday that UMD will be hosting the 2023 NCAA Women’s Hockey Frozen Four. This is the fourth time the Bulldogs will host the tournament and the second time it will be held at Amsoil Arena. It’s been a good luck charm for the program as well, winning the national championship at the DECC in…

Former Greyhounds Toninato, Forbort Signed By Winnipeg Jets

Toninato and Forbort joins Hermantown natives and former Bulldogs Neal Pionk and Dylan Samberg in the Jets system. 

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been a busy weekend for local NHL players and now the Winnipeg Jets are slowly becoming the Duluth Jets. Duluth natives and former Duluth East Greyhounds Dominic Toninato and Derek Forbort have signed to one-year contracts with the Jets. The former Bulldog forward Toninato has spent time in the pros with both the Colorado Avalanche and…

UWS Athletics Holding Intrasquad Scrimmages for Fall Competition

Both UWS soccer teams, softball, volleyball and baseball are all participating in the Yellowjacket Super Series, letting the athletes get some competition in this fall.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – It’s been a while since we last had college games happening in the Northland and we’ll still be waiting a little longer. Despite that, UWS is making sure their athletes are still able to compete this fall through some friendly competition. UWS Athletics is currently holding the Yellowjacket Super Series of intrasquad scrimmages. Multiple programs like both…

Former Bulldog Andy Welinski Signs With Anaheim; Joey Anderson Traded to Toronto

Andy Welinski is headed back to Anaheim after spending the past year while Philadelphia, while Joey Anderson has been traded from New Jersey to Toronto.

DULUTH, Minn. – NHL free agency is in full swing and now two former UMD Bulldogs are on the move. The Anaheim Ducks have signed Duluth native and former UMD defenseman Andy Welinski to a one-year $750,000 contract, while the New Jersey Devils traded former UMD forward Joey Anderson to the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Andreas Johnsson. Welinski was…

First Official Practices Underway for Kevin Moore, CSS Men’s Hockey Team

Moore will be the 11th men's hockey head coach in program history.

DULUTH, Minn. – Exactly three months ago, St. Scholastica tabbed Kevin Moore as their new head coach of the men’s hockey program. Since then, he’s had a tough time trying to stay in contact with his new players. But now, they finally hit the ice. Last week, Moore and the Saints held their first practices of the new season. The…

Hermantown’s Blake Biondi Drafted by Montreal Canadiens

Biondi wrapped a stellar career with the Hawks, being named Mr. Minnesota Hockey this past season.

HERMANTOWN, Minn. – With the 109th pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens selected former Hermantown hockey star and current UMD men’s hockey freshman Blake Biondi. Biondi wrapped a stellar career with the Hawks, being named Mr. Minnesota Hockey this past season. He will join another UMD teammate, freshman Jack Smith, who was also drafted by the Canadiens….

Northland Natives Reinertsen, Stark to Join UWS Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff

Former Yellowjacket Eva Reinertsen and former Bulldog Katie Stark are joining the coaching staff for the UWS women's basketball team.

SUPERIOR, Wis. – In honor of National Coaches Day, the UWS women’s basketball team announced that two familiar names are being brought in as assistant coaches for this upcoming season. Former Yellowjackets standout Eva Reinertsen will be joining her former coach Zach Otto-Fisher on the bench following a stellar career at UWS. The ‘Jackets are also bringing on former UMD…