University of Minnesota – Duluth

Rangers Trade Hermantown Native Neal Pionk to Jets

Neal Pionk is moving from New York to Winnipeg.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – Former UMD Bulldog and Hermantown native Neal Pionk is moving north of the border. The New York Rangers announced Monday they have traded Pionk to the Winnipeg Jets. The 23-year-old was part of a package to help the Rangers acquire defenseman Jacob Trouba. In his first full season in the NHL, Pionk scored six goals…

Former Bulldog Löwenhielm to Continue Pro Career in Sweden

The 24-year-old center will join her former teammates Sidney Morin and Jessica Healey.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog Michelle Löwenhielm will be continuing her pro career in her home country. Löwenhielm has signed with HV71 of the Swedish Women’s Hockey League. The center, who played on the Swedish national team, spent this past season in the NWHL with the Connecticut Whale, notching six points in 16 games. It will also be a…

Coaches Corner: Emma Stauber

For this week's segment, we hear from the new head coach of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we spoke with Duluth native Emma Stauber, who was recently named the new head coach of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team. The former UMD women’s hockey captain talked about her new position, as well as her memories of the NWHL championship game as the Minnesota Whitecaps captured the Isobel Cup in their…

UMD Men’s Hockey Coach Scott Sandelin Signs Contract Extension

Sandelin's extension will keep him with UMD through the 2024-25 season.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD men’s hockey head coach Scott Sandelin agreed to a four-year contract extension, UMD Athletics announced on Friday morning. Sandelin, who completed his 19th season as the bench boss with the program’s second straight national championship, is now signed with the Bulldogs through the 2024-25 season. Sandelin has led the Bulldogs to three titles and is the winningest…

Scott Sandelin Reportedly Speaking to NHL Team

This past weekend a report came out about a potential team interested in Sandelin.

DULUTH, Minn. – Ever since winning the national championship a month and a half ago, UMD Men’s Hockey Coach Scott Sandelin has said repeatedly that he is staying in Duluth, but that he would listen to any offers from the NHL. This past weekend a report came out about a potential team interested in Sandelin. According to Pierre Lebrun of…

Former Bulldog Sidney Morin Heading Back to Sweden

Morin signed a one-year deal with HV71 after spending last season with Linkoping HC in the Swedish Hockey League.

DULUTH, Minn. – Former UMD Bulldog Sidney Morin is heading back to Sweden to continue her pro career. This week, she signed a one-year deal with HV71 after spending last season with Linkoping HC in the Swedish Hockey League. She recorded 38 points in 32 games last season. Morin was part of the U.S. National Women’s hockey team that won…

Kohlwey, Reindl Set to Compete at NCAA Outdoor T&F Championships

The preliminaries will take place Friday night on the campus of Texas A&M-Kingsville.

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior hurdler Danielle Kohlwey and freshman runner Haleigh Reindl will be taking part in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships later this week. Kohlwey will compete in the 100-meter hurdles, while Reindl qualified for the 800-meter run. Both also made the trip for the indoor championships back in March, and for Reindl it’s just another chance…

Former Wilderness Goalie Ryan Fanti Commits to UMD Men’s Hockey

The Thunder Bay, Ontario native has spent the past two seasons with the Wilderness.

DULUTH, Minn. – There is a well-known pipeline between the Minnesota Wilderness and the UMD men’s hockey team. And Tuesday, another player is making the quick trip down I–35 to join the two-time defending champs. Former Wilderness goalie Ryan Fanti announced on his Twitter account that he has committed to playing his college career with the Bulldogs. The Thunder Bay,…

UMD’s Danielle Kohlwey Named NSIC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year

Kohlwey also qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships next week.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD’s Danielle Kohlwey was named NSIC Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year. This past weekend, the senior defended her 100 meter hurdles and 200 meter dash title at the NSIC championships. Her NSIC record time in the hurdles allowed her to qualify for the NCAA Division II tournament for the third straight year. Kohlwey will join freshman…

UMD’s Laura Bellamy Promoted to Associate Head Coach of Women’s Hockey Team

The Duluth native has spent the past four seasons with the team.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team has promoted assistant coach Laura Bellamy to associate head coach. The Duluth native has spent the past four seasons with head coach Maura Crowell, helping the Bulldogs to a 70–60–14 record in that time. The Denfeld alum has also served as a coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team Goaltending Development Camp,…

Senior Trio, Junior Duo Named Captains on 2019 UMD Football Team

Seniors Bill Atkins, Isaac Erdmann and Tom Johnson, as well as juniors John Larson and Johnny McCormick will don the C's on their jerseys this upcoming season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team announced their team captains for the 2019 season. Seniors Bill Atkins, Isaac Erdmann and Tom Johnson, as well as juniors John Larson and Johnny McCormick will don the C’s on their jerseys this upcoming season. Atkins, Erdmann and Johnson were stellar for the Bulldogs’ top-ranked defense, with each earning All-NSIC Second Team honors….

Bulldogs’ Kohlwey Defends NSIC Outdoor Titles on Graduation Day

Danielle Kohlwey took home first in both the 100-meter hurdle and 200-meter run.

DULUTH, Minn. – Malosky Stadium hosted the NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend, making it the first time UMD has hosted a league track event since 2007. Senior hurdler Danielle Kohlwey walked during UMD’s commencement ceremony Saturday morning, then ran over to compete in three events. Kohlwey said the events of the whole day was an unbelievable experience….

North Dakota State Eliminates UMD Men’s Lacrosse from MCLA Tournament

The Bison knock off the Bulldogs for the second straight year.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – For the second straight year, the UMD men’s lacrosse team fell at the hands of North Dakota State as the Bison defeated the Bulldogs 17-14 in the MCLA quarterfinals. Bulldogs led 13-11 going into the fourth quarter, but the Bison dominated the final frame, outscoring UMD 6-1. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Bulldogs Softball Set to Take on Top-Seed Central Oklahoma in NCAA Tourney

The UMD softball team is aiming to string together some upsets like last season.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD softball team hit the road Tuesday with a mission on their minds. The Bulldogs are heading back to the tournament with a tall task at hand as they will face Central Oklahoma, the top seed in the tourney and the number one team in the country. But remember, this team had similarly low expectations last…

Bulldogs Softball Makes Second Straight NCAA Tournament Appearance

UMD is the No. 8 seed in the central region and will play No. 1 Seed University of Central Oklahoma in the first round.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD softball team is officially in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs were knocked out of the NSIC Tournament on Friday and earned an at–large bid, they learned Monday morning during the selection show. The Bulldogs are the No. 8 seed in the central region and will play No.1 seed University of Central Oklahoma in the first…

Bulldogs Lacrosse Advance to Second Round of MCLA Tourney

The UMD men's lacrosse team picked up a win in the first round.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A 5-0 start to the game sealed the deal for the UMD men’s lacrosse team as they knocked off Bridgewater State 15-7 in the first round of the MCLA DII tournament. Marcus Olson led the Bulldogs with four goals while Jared Johnson and Scott McNamara each chipped in with two goals. Blake Nastrom was solid…

Bulldogs Sweep Beavers to End Regular Season

UMD ends the season 16-33, 12-24 in NSIC play.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD baseball team ended the regular season in a big way, sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader 12-2 and 4-3. The Bulldogs took three of four from the Beavers in the weekend series. In game one, the Bulldogs scored early and often to get in front and seal the win. McCale Peterson went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI while Eric…

UMD Lacrosse Aims to Bring Home First Ever National Title

The Bulldogs will open the tourney Monday against Bridgewater State.

DULUTH, Minn. – One team that has flown under the radar this spring is the UMD men’s lacrosse team. The Bulldogs captured their first conference title since 2015 and their 19th in the past 24 years. But if you wanted to chat with them before they leave for the Division II national tournament, you’ll have to be up very early….

NSIC Tournament Run Ends for UMD Softball

The Bulldogs were ousted by 6th-ranked Winona State.

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The UMD softball team made to the second day of the NSIC tournament. After picking up a win over Southwest Minnesota State, the Bulldogs needed a win against sixth-ranked Winona State. But the Warriors took care of business as they eliminated the Bulldogs 8-1, thanks to a six-run fifth inning. Sammi Sadler scored the lone run for…

Bulldogs Softball Travel to Rochester for NSIC Tournament

UMD will take on Concordia-St. Paul in the first round of the NSIC tournament.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD softball team finished their season on a high note. But now it’s time to carry over that positive momentum into the NSIC tournament. The Bulldogs will face a familiar opponent in Concordia-St. Paul in the first round. UMD swept the Golden Bears back in February, then split with them earlier this month. “Great hitters, They…

UMD’s Peter Krieger Signs with Swedish Hockey Team

Krieger wrapped up his career at UMD with 54 points in 85 games.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD outgoing senior Peter Krieger has signed with Vasterviks IK, a Swedish hockey club that plays in the Tier II league Hockey Allsvenkan. The 25-year-old spent the past two seasons with the Bulldogs after transferring from Alaska Fairbanks and in that time helped UMD win back-to-back national titles. Krieger wrapped up his career at UMD with 54…

UMD Defensemen Dylan Samberg to Return For Junior Season

The Hermantown scored seven goals and recorded 12 assists during his sophomore season.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD defenseman Dylan Samberg has informed the Winnipeg Jets that he will not be joining the team next season and will return to UMD for his junior year. The Hermantown native has won four consecutive championships, two state titles with the Hawks and two national titles with Bulldogs. The 20 year old scored seven goals and recorded…

Bulldogs Lacrosse Wins Conference Championship

UMD earned the No. 1 seed in the MCLA national championship.

CROWN POINT, Ind. – The UMD lacrosse team defeated rival St. Thomas 8–5 Sunday afternoon to win the 2019 Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference Championship. The Bulldogs went into the tournament as the top seed and earned a first round bye. They defeated North Dakota State 16–10 in Saturday’s semifinals to advance to Sunday’s championship. The win gives the Bulldogs, who have…

Bren’s Walkoff Home Run Gives Bulldogs Sweep of Cougars on Senior Night

UMD set the single-season program record for NSIC wins with 22 after sweeping Sioux Falls on Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn. – In UMD’s final games of the regular season, the Bulldogs set the single-season program record for NSIC wins as they got the 8-6 and 10-5 wins to sweep Sioux Falls. The Bulldogs finished with 22 NSIC wins. In the first game, the Bulldogs trailed 6-4 in the bottom of the seventh. Taylor Koehnen drove in a run…

Thomas Hits Walk-Off to Give Bulldogs Softball Split With Mustangs

Jordyn Thomas hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to give UMD a series split.

DULUTH, Minn. – In their first games at Junction Avenue Field in 732 days, the UMD softball team split their doubleheader against Southwest Minnesota State, dropping the first game 3-1, while coming back to win the second game 3-2 in extras. In the first game, Sam Pedersen allowed three runs on seven hits during the seven innings while striking out…

UMD’s Hunter Shepard Will Return for Senior Season

The NCHC Goalie of the Year was among the best in the entire country this past season.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD men’s hockey fans have been waiting on pins and needles for the past two weeks, hoping to find out which players will be sticking around next season. Wednesday they found out one of their key pieces will be returning. Goalie Hunter Shepard has confirmed that he is coming back for his senior year next season. The…

Duluth Native Emma Stauber Named New Head Coach of Mirage Hockey Team

The former Mirage star and UMD defenseman spent this past season helping the Minnesota Whitecaps win the NWHL's Isobel Cup.

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth native Emma Stauber has been named the new head coach of the Proctor/Hermantown girls hockey team. The former Mirage star and UMD defenseman spent this past season helping the Minnesota Whitecaps win the NWHL’s Isobel Cup in their inaugural season. She also spent time playing pro hockey in Sweden. The 26-year-old takes over for Glen Gilderman…

UMD’s Mikey Anderson Signs Entry-Level Contract With Los Angeles Kings

The Los Angeles Kings selected Anderson in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

DULUTH, Minn. – Another Bulldog is leaving early and taking his talents to the NHL. Sophomore defenseman Mikey Anderson signed a three–year entry level contract to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday afternoon. The Kings selected Anderson in the fourth round, 103rd overall, in the 2017 NHL draft. During his sophomore year, Anderson finished with six goals and 21 assists. He…

UMD’s Parker Mackay Signs With Texas Stars

Mackay will begin his journey in the pros in the American Hockey League.

DULUTH, Minn. – He was the UMD men’s hockey team captain as they won their second straight national title. He was the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Midwest Regional and the Frozen Four. And now Parker Mackay is taking his talents to the pros. According to a source close to the team, Mackay will be signing with the Texas…

College Baseball: Bulldogs, Saints Sweep Doubleheaders

Minnesota Duluth scored 18 total runs in its doubleheader sweep while St. Scholastica scored 20 runs to sweep Minnesota Morris.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth baseball team continued to pour it on against the University of Mary as the Bulldogs got the 12-5 and 6-4 wins on Saturday to sweep the four-game weekend series. In the first game, the Bulldogs used a four-run second inning to take the lead and never looked back. Henry George and Reid Rubio each…

Sandelin on NHL: “I’m Not Looking For Any Opportunity”

Scott Sandelin is not concerned about any of his players who decide to leave for the NHL.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s hockey team is still basking in the glory of winning their second straight national championship. But there’s been a lot of questions in the past week about who’s coming and going. But head coach Scott Sandelin isn’t concerned about the process. “When you end the year, there’s obviously always the opportunity for guys to…

Bulldogs Baseball Light Up Marauders at Wade Stadium

The runs would not stop coming for the UMD baseball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD baseball team put on a show as they scored a season-high 22 runs in their series opener against U-Mary Friday afternoon at Wade Stadium. In game one, the Bulldogs would get 27 hits and score in every inning except the first as they won 22-3. Drew Stewart led the way with 5 RBI. In game…

Low-Scoring Affair For UMD Spring Game

Cameron Hausman put up the only points in the game, nailing both of his field goal attempts.

DULUTH, Minn. – Defense was the name of the game in UMD’s 45th annual spring game as Team Maroon topped Team White 6-0. Cameron Hausman was the only one to put points on the board as he nailed both of his field goal attempts for Team Maroon. Braden Matteen had the only interception of the day. “That’s just what defense…

Bulldogs Get Set for Maroon-White Spring Football Game

Although admission is free, the team is asking fans to bring a food or clothing item to donate to Champ's Cupboard.

DULUTH, Minn. – Football in the spring is always a pleasant surprise. And after 12 practices, the UMD football are ready to put on a show for their fans. The 45th annual Maroon-White Spring Game will take place Friday at Malosky Stadium. The entire Bulldogs team will be split into two teams as they compete for bragging rights for the…

Sandelin Named 2020 U.S. National Junior Team Head Coach

This will be Sandelin's fourth stint with the juniors team, including serving as the head coach back in 2005.

DULUTH, Minn. – Just three days after leading the UMD men’s hockey team to back-to-back national championships, head coach Scott Sandelin was named the head coach of the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team. The team will compete in the IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic at the end of December, where the U.S. won silver at last year….

Former Thunderhawks Basketball Star Alex Illikainen Transfers from Wisconsin to UMD

Illikainen is Grand Rapids' all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD men’s basketball team announced Wednesday that Grand Rapids native Alex Illikainen will join the Bulldogs roster for the 2019-2020 season. Illikainen will be a graduate transfer after spending three seasons at the University of Wisconsin. During his three years there, he helped the Badgers to 64 wins and a pair of Sweet 16 appearances. During…

UMD’s Riley Tufte Signs With Dallas Stars

Tufte was drafted by Dallas in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

DULUTH, Minn. – The first player on the two-time defending national champions has signed to an NHL team. Junior left wing Riley Tufte signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars, the club confirmed on Wednesday. Tufte was drafted by the Stars in the first round (25th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. Tufte finished out his junior year…

Bulldogs Softball Get Walk-Off Win Over Beavers

Taylor Koehnen gets the walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth.

DULUTH, Minn. – Lauren Oberle knocked in a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extras and Taylor Koehnen would hit the walk-off three-run home run in the eighth as the UMD softball team swept Bemidji State Tuesday afternoon at Malosky Stadium. In game one, Koehnen’s walk-off home run gave the Bulldogs the…

Bulldogs Celebrate National Championship With Fans

The UMD men's hockey team held their championship celebration ceremony at Romano Gym.

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday night if you were in the mood to party, you would’ve been at Romano Gym for the 2019 UMD men’s hockey championship celebration. Fans from all across the Northland packed the stands to show their support and gratitude for the Bulldogs. The support in the Twin Ports goes without saying. But a large contingent made the…

UMD Fans Can Now Shop for Championship Gear

New merchandise rolls in.

DULUTH, Minn.- As students are celebrating the Bulldogs’ win, UMD Stores are preparing for the crowds to come get their gear. Official Frozen Four Championship merchandise has already been shipped in to the University bookstore. “We have orders from all 50 states, we have orders from foreign countries,” said Sales and Marketing Manager Julie Feiring. “We find that there are a…

UMD Welcomes Home National Champs

UMD Men's Hockey Team Greeted with Celebration Event.

DULUTH, Minn.- Everyone was a Bulldog at UMD’s Championship Celebration Tuesday. Students, staff, and longtime hockey fans welcomed the team home. To great fanfare, the 2019 NCAA Champions run through a big inflatable bulldog, greeted by a sea of maroon and gold. Three of the Bulldogs on the team are seniors this year so they get to end their college…

Bulldogs Softball Split Doubleheader Against Mavericks

The Bulldogs took game one 4-0 and lost game two 5-4.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD softball team would rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it would fall short as they split their doubleheader against Minnesota State-Mankato Monday at Saints Field. The Bulldogs blanked the Mavericks 4-0 in the first game, behind a stellar performance by freshman pitcher Sam Pederson. Kalynn Tilton led UMD with two hits and…

Bulldogs Celebrate Third National Championship in Program History

We talked with the Bulldogs on the ice after their historic win on Saturday night.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The UMD men’s hockey team held off UMass on Saturday night 3-0 to capture its third national championship in program history, and became the first team in more than a decade to win back-to-back titles. Saturday was the third straight national championship game appearance for the Bulldogs, where they fell to Denver in the title game two…

1 Arrested, Light Pole Toppled During Bulldogs Celebrations In Canal Park

Overall, Duluth police said the large crowd mostly remained in control

DULUTH, Minn.- Canal Park was alive Saturday night after the UMD Bulldogs’ historic National Championship back-to-back win. Soon, a large crowd flooded Lake Avenue near 310 Pub, causing Duluth police to block off the road to traffic. Some fans took their excitement a little too far. “The guy got up on the light post and started shaking it real hard,…

Back-To-Back: Bulldogs Knock Off Minutemen, Win 2018-2019 National Championship

UMD wins its third ever national championship.

Buffalo, N.Y. – The UMD men’s hockey team knocked off UMass 3-0 on Saturday to win back-to-back national championships, its third in program history. Parker Mackay, in his final game as a Bulldog, scored in the first, Mikey Anderson scored in the second and Jackson Cates finished things off in the third. The Bulldogs become the first team to win…

Bulldogs to Face Minutemen in National Championship

UMD and UMass will hit the ice at 7 p.m. at the KeyBank Center in the national championship.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – All eyes will be on the KeyBank Center on Saturday night as UMD takes on UMass in the national championship. This will be a battle of the rookies against the veterans. UMD is playing in its third straight title game while this will be the first time ever for UMass. The Bulldogs feel their experience will help…

Bulldogs Looking to Mackay, Exell During Frozen Four Run

The senior captain and alternate captain have been huge for UMD during the NCAA Tournament.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Bulldogs are using their experience to their advantage this week as they are playing in their third straight national championship game. The experience from their seniors, especially captain Parker Mackay and alternate captain Billy Exell, is helping their successful postseason run. Everyone remembers what last year’s captain Karson Kuhlman was able to do during the postseason, and now,…

Cates Brothers Enjoying Frozen Four Experience Together

Noah and Jackson Cates are spending their first season on the Bulldogs playing for a national championship.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – These Bulldogs have said how close this group is and how special it is to go through this experience together. But this year has been extra special for a pair of freshmen. Brothers Jackson and Noah Cates are in their first season with the Bulldogs and enjoy being able to share this journey. The Cates brothers played…

Bulldogs’ Richards Carrying Successful Sophomore Season Into National Championship

Justin Richards scored the first and final goals in UMD's win over Providence in the national semifinal.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – After two goals were overturned in the first period on Thursday night, sophomore Justin Richards officially got the scoring going for the Bulldogs in the second period, scoring both the first and the last goals of the night in the 4-1 win. He also dominated in the face-off circle, leading the team with 16 wins. Richards has come a long…

Exell Scores Game-Winner to Send Bulldogs Back to National Championship Game

Billy Exell's third period goal sent the defending champs back to the title game.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Billy Exell scored midway through the third period to send the defending national champ Bulldogs back to the title game for the third straight season. Two Bulldogs goals were waved off in the first period, one by Exell and one by Cole Koepke. UMD finally got on the board in the first from Justin Richards. Providence would…