Motzko Picked to Lead Team USA Again

St. Cloud State coach Bob Motzko has been selected as head coach for Team USA at the 2018 World Junior Championships. Motzko led the U.S. to the gold medal at least year’s World Juniors, held in Canada. This year’s event, which takes place in December and January, will be in Buffalo, N.Y. The U.S. defeated Russia and Canada in the semifinals and finals, respectively, both in shootouts, to capture …
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Team of the Week: Northern Michigan

Things have not been easy for Northern Michigan this season. Injuries mounted, its captain was ineligible for the first half of the season, and the goaltending — so reliable last season — got off to a shaky start. Then things changed. In the last six games, Northern Michigan has allowed a combined three goals, and is 5-0-2 in the last seven games. Despite a dreadful start, that’s the Wildcats’ …
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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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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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A Team in Transition

In the underground hallways of old Baker Rink, where the visiting locker rooms are nestled underneath the back lobby,  sounds of celebration emitted from Minnesota State’s locker room. The Mavericks had just defeated Princeton, 5-4, to end the first half of the season on a win. Minnesota State, in recent years, enjoyed some of its most successful seasons, a change ignited by the catalyst of new …
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A Team in Transition

In the underground hallways of old Baker Rink, where the visiting locker rooms are nestled underneath the back lobby,  sounds of celebration emitted from Minnesota State’s locker room. The Mavericks had just defeated Princeton, 5-4, to end the first half of the season on a win. Minnesota State, in recent years, enjoyed some of its most successful seasons, a change ignited by the catalyst of new …
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Team of the Week: North Dakota

It’s just the beginning of another cold, unforgiving winter in Grand Forks, N.D., with early sunsets and dropping temperatures — and until this week, perhaps some worry in town that the sky was falling, too. After all, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks — the reigning national champions — entered their weekend series at St. Cloud State with a six-game winless streak, a true rarity for a program that …
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Team of the Week: Minnesota-Duluth

North Dakota entered last weekend’s showdown at Minnesota-Duluth riding a 10-game unbeaten streak dating back to last season, a streak that of course included the Fighting Hawks’ national championship triumph in Tampa. Moreover, UND had not been swept in a league series in three years, and hadn’t been swept at the hands of Minnesota-Duluth since 1995. Propelled by dynamic special teams play and by …
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Team of the Week: St. Cloud State

Late last Friday night at Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena, St. Cloud State faced the very real possibility — indeed, a very real probability — of starting the season with three consecutive losses, as the Huskies trailed the Gophers by a score of 5-2 with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation. At the time, Minnesota, picked to finish first in the 2016-17 Big Ten hockey preseason coaches’ poll, was …
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