'Stick to it' mentality has paved the road for the Bulldogs to the Frozen Four

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Updated: April 07, 2021 11:28 PM
Created: April 07, 2021 11:00 PM

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men's hockey team is making their fourth straight Frozen Four. What's been their recipe for success this season? UMD head coach Scott Sandelin says that this year's group has that stick to it mentality.

"I think just sticking with it. In my four years here, I've had the chance to be on a lot of good teams. Just like this year - a lot of ups and downs," said UMD senior forward Kobe Roth. "Whoever we're playing though, we have to trust in one another. We believe we can beat anybody, so I think it's just having that belief every game."

"I think we've just been trying to keep to ourselves. Do the best that we can do and not really worry about other teams and setbacks that they may have," said UMD senior forward Koby Bender. "We're just trying to focus on us and become better every single day."

This will mark Sandelin's sixth Frozen Four appearance with UMD, but this year's might be more meaningful for the bench boss given the challenges the team has faced this season.

"Let's face it, these are all meaningful right? It's a very difficult place to get to. College hockey is so competitive. There's so many good teams," said Sandelin. "It probably does make it a little bit more special that way just because there's a been a lot of stress and anxiety week to week."

Puck drop for the Bulldogs first game against Massachusetts is set for 8 P.M. on ESPN2.

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