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Colossal Conference Collision as #5 UMD Hosts #1 St. Cloud State

Created: January 11, 2019 03:56 PM

Duluth, Minn. - 16 regular season games remain for the 5th ranked UMD Men's Hockey Team and their first series of 2019 is a big one as top ranked St.Cloud State visits today and tomorrow.

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"Offensively, they are gifted and they have a lot of weapons through four lines and obviously, their D corps is very involved," says UMD Head Coach Scott Sandelin.

"Every time we play this team, it is always a good match-up and this is really a good rivalry that we are excited to play," says Sophomore Defenseman Dylan Samberg.

Sandelin, Samberg, Mikey Anderson and Noah Cates are all back from the IIHF World Juniors in Canada, where Team USA picked up a Silver Medal. Sandelin served as an Assistant Coach on Mike Hastings' staff. Hastings is the Head Coach at MSU-Mankato.

While Sandelin was away with Team USA, the Bulldogs picked up his 351st career win when they defeated MSU-Mankato on December 28th at the Desert Classic in Glendale, Arizona. That win moved Sandelin ahead of Mike Sertich for most wins all-time in the history of the UMD Men's Hockey Program.

The Huskies (14-2-2, 6-0-2-1 in NCHC) won three of the four head-to-head games last season, but the Bulldogs (11-5-2, 4-3-1 in NCHC) won the NCAA Division I National Title. SCSU is coached ex-UMD Assistant Brett Larson. It'll be Larson's first time coaching at AMSOIL Arena since leaving in April to become the Huskies Head Coach.

The puck drops tonight and tomorrow at 7:07 p.m. CDT.

To see UMD's schedule, click here.

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