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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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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