UMD men’s hockey hunting for first NCHC sweep in Kalamazoo

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A late overtime goal by Quinn Olson this past Saturday earned the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men’s hockey team a split with Omaha.

Matthew Thiessen made the start in net both nights, tallying 44 saves and only allowing just five goals against.

The Maine transfer said support from Zach Stejskal and Zach Sandy in the goalie room has helped him find early success.

“We have a really tight knit group and I think that’s something that’s really important as a goalie group that everyone really cares for each other and supports each other, no matter what. We’re breaking down different plays together seeing different things in each other’s games and I think that’s something that’s been really good between our group,” said senior goalie Matthew Thiessen.

“Still need to be stronger on some areas defensively especially down low. Blocking some shots. Seems like a lot of the opponent’s shots get through and that creates problems,” said head coach Scott Sandelin when asked what the team needed to improve on in the defensive zone heading into the weekend.

The Bulldogs will now hunt for their first NCHC sweep visiting Western Michigan.

Puck drop in Kalamazoo is set for 8:07 p.m. Friday.