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Matt Wellens

College hockey reporter

Matt Wellens is a college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs men's and women's hockey programs. He also co-hosts a weekly UMD hockey podcast during the season called Bulldog Insider.

Matt has been covering the Bulldogs since the start of the 2014-15 season. His days covering college hockey go back to the 2003-04 season when he was a freshman at Northern Michigan University. It was at the start of the 2018-19 season that he, Zach Schneider of My 9 Sports and News Tribune multimedia producer Sam Erkkila launched the Bulldog Insider Podcast.

Prior to coming to Duluth in 2014, Matt was the Northern Michigan Wildcats hockey beat reporter in Marquette, Michigan. A Wisconsin native, Matt enjoys judging your choice of beer as well as Star Wars, putting cheese on everything, Kwik Trip and the Green Bay Packers.

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Duluth News Tribune reporter Matt Wellens (right) interviews UMD men's hockey coach Scott Sandelin Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at Amsoil Arena.
Tyler Schank / Duluth News Tribune

The Sun Devils and Big Red are making their first-ever appearances in Duluth to play the Bulldogs while the Badgers are back for the first time since 2012.
Daryl Watts records her second hat trick of the season, and UMD was kept off the scoreboard until the third period.
UMD sophomore goaltender Jojo Chobak made a collegiate-high 45 saves to end an 18-game winless streak for the Bulldogs against the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison.
The Twin Ports' college hockey teams felt the brunt of the latest COVID-19 surge thanks to omicron this weekend. Five of the six NCAA Division I and III men's and women's programs in Duluth and Superior had games canceled or postponed between Thursday and Sunday due to healthy and safety protocols.
The Minnesota Duluth men's and women's programs both have one final series coming up this weekend before a two-week holiday break.
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Russell Wilson of the Seahawks and Aaron Rodgers of the Packers returned after missing time, but the game ended up as a defensive battle.
UMD got tying goals from senior Elizabeth Giguere twice in the third period, but Wisconsin scored the game-winner 23 seconds into 3-on-3 OT.
Wisconsin and Minnesota Duluth wrap up their WCHA series at 1 p.m. Sunday back at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.
Minnesota Duluth scored three goals in the second period, and then held off a late charge by Wisconsin to open the 2021-22 season.
The 918 tickets made available never made it to online sales as they sold out in Chippewa Falls in 17 minutes.