Minnesota-Duluth Bests Minnesota Again to Reach North Star Cup Final

A few weeks ago, Minnesota-Duluth’s 6-foot-5 freshman Riley Tufte, a first-round NHL Draft pick of Dallas, hadn’t scored his first NCAA goal and didn’t even have a point. Now, seven games later, he has five goals and three assists, and his first-period goal Saturday at Xcel Energy Center ignited the Bulldogs rally past Minnesota, 3-2, in the semifinal of the North Star College Cup. Tufte’s goal tied …
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Team of the Week: Providence

Any team that goes through a youth movement, no matter how talented, is going to experience growing pains. And in college sports, those youth movements happen all the time. The issue is particularly acute, however — especially in recent years — for programs that have risen to recently-unseen heights. Providence has enjoyed a remarkable rise back to prominance since Nate Leaman took over as head …
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Roundup: UMD Sweeps at North Dakota; Denver Rebounds

Minnesota-Duluth’s rise to No. 1 in the Pairwise this weekend was certainly well earned. The Bulldogs went into Grand Forks and swept North Dakota at always-raucous Engelstad Arena, winning 5-3 Friday when capping it off with a 4-0 shutout Saturday. UMD freshman Hunter Miska is the first goalie in seven years to shut out North Dakota twice in one season. North Dakota dropped to 2-5-1 at home in NCHC …
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Pastujov’s Big Top Adventure

Perfectly spaced, the red and white banners etched with flying wheels and numbers from a not-so-distant past populated the rafters. They carried years of Detroit hockey stretching from old Olympia Stadium to the present Joe Louis Arena, which will soon to be just another faded picture in a book of memories. That was the scene that greeted Janis Pastujov in late December when she and her family went …
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Bayreuther Out Up to 6 More Weeks

St. Lawrence All-American defender Gavin Bayreuther will be out another six weeks with an undisclosed upper body injury, said coach Mark Morris after his team’s 2-2 tie with Yale on Saturday night. Bayreuther has missed the last four SLU games with the same injury. Six weeks would put his timetable for return right around the start of the ECAC tournament in early March. The Saints have gone 2-0-2 …
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Return to Normal

Playing for Boston University this season has turned Jake Oettinger into a spectator on more than one occasion. His Terriers rank among the nation’s most dominant, most talented teams. With that comes the occasional stretch of inactivity, just watching while his teammates torture yet another hapless opponent. Over the last few weeks, Oettinger once again played spectator, serving as the third goalie …
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Terry Returns as Triumphant Hero

For Denver Pioneer Troy Terry, it’s been quite a week. Within a matter of 48 hours spanning Wednesday and Thursday in Montreal, Terry went from 19-year old college sophomore to national hero, thanks to an individual performance for the ages at the World Junior Championships, scoring on all four of his shootout attempts in the semifinal and final rounds, thereby leading Team USA to the gold medal. In …
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U.S. Wins World Junior Gold; Takes Shootout From Canada

The United States won the fourth gold medal in its history at the World Junior Championships, defeating host Canada, 5-4, in a shootout. A team filled with NCAA players didn’t lose a game the whole tournament, winning seven straight, the last two in a shootout. After Denver sophomore Troy Terry came up with an amazing clutch performance Wednesday, scoring three shootout goals against Russia to reach …
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Shifting Tides for Vermont, St. Lawrence

While Vermont had a resurgent first half of the season, it ended on a sour note. A weekend sweep at the hands of Union, itself a pleasant surprised, seemed potentially costly in the national picture. Luckily for UVM, it had another shot in non-league play, and took advantage of it Tuesday at Gutterson Fieldhouse against St. Lawrence, a team it’s competing with on the NCAA bubble. As St. Lawrence …
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Union’s Bennett Implores Team to Toughen Up After Loss to North Dakota

Union has been a big surprise this season. It entered its game against North Dakota on Saturday night with a 14-3-2 record and on a six-game winning streak, all on the road. But Saturday against defending national champs North Dakota, Union was far from those standards it set for itself. A view shared, particularly, by the team’s coach. “Tonight there were no excuses for a lack of energy,” Union …
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