Matt Wellens / Forum News Service
OMAHA, Neb. — Minnesota Duluth is heading into the holidays on a winning note following a 6-2 road win on Saturday, Dec. 9, over Nebraska-Omaha in NCHC play at Baxter Arena. Freshman defenseman Scott Perunovich of Hibbing, sophomore wing Joey Anderson and junior center Peter Krieger all finished the night with three points. Perunovich and Anderson each had a goal and two assists while Krieger assisted on three goals.
OMAHA, Neb. — A week after coming up on the wrong end of a defensive battle with top-ranked Denver at home, Minnesota Duluth found itself in a shootout on the road at Nebraska-Omaha. The result was a third consecutive loss for the Bulldogs, this one 7-5 to the Mavericks on Friday at Baxter Arena to knot the two last place teams in the NCHC at six points a piece. Omaha and UMD will meet again at 7:07 p.m. Saturday to break that tie and see who heads into the holidays in sole possession of last place.
DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota Duluth senior forward Blake Young will play this weekend, but the Bulldogs could be without four others when it begins NCHC play at St. Cloud State. The No. 8-ranked Bulldogs and No. 2-ranked Huskies meet at 7:37 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, and 4:07 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. UMD coach Scott Sandelin ruled out freshman wing Nick Swaney with an upper-body injury. Swaney, with two goals and five assists in eight games, is tied with sophomore wing Riley Tufte for the team high of seven points.
ORONO, Maine — Sophomore wing Riley Tufte scored early and sophomore center Jade Miller scored late to give Minnesota Duluth a 2-1 nonconference victory over Maine on Friday at Alfond Arena. Miller's second goal of the season was the game-winner, coming at 11:03 of the third period. Just a minute and a half before that, Maine had tied the game at 1-1 on a three-on-two rush. Tufte scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season just 46 seconds into the game, that was delayed an hour and a half because of a city-wide power outage.
BEMIDJI — Bemidji State reclaimed the Blue Ox Trophy on Friday with a 5-2 nonconference win over Minnesota Duluth at Sanford Center in Bemidji. The series concludes at 7:07 p.m. Saturday at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. The Beavers, playing their season opener, erupted for three goals in the opening half of the third period to take a 4-1 lead on the Bulldogs, who've already gotten in two regular season games and an exhibition.
DULUTH, Minn. — Officials at Minnesota Duluth and Amsoil Arena said last weekend's Ice Breaker Tournament featuring UMD, Minnesota, Michigan Tech and Union went off without a hitch. The only hiccup anyone could really point to was the Huskies hoisting the tournament trophy at the end instead of the Bulldogs. Minus that minor detail, the 21st edition of college hockey's season-opening showcase drew rave reviews from everyone involved, from the teams and fans to the folks who manage the tournament at College Hockey Inc. and the Hockey Commissioners Association.
DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth's Amsoil Arena is the site of the 21st annual Ice Breaker Tournament this weekend and not since the 2012 NCAA Women's Frozen Four has the almost seven-year-old building hosted a college hockey tournament of this magnitude. But no one inside Amsoil is worried. That's because the home of Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey was made for weekends like this.