UMD men’s hockey talks regular season home finale against Miami

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The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men’s hockey team is preparing for what could be their final home series of the 2022-2023 campaign this weekend, as they currently sit out of position to clinch a home-ice playoff series.

For the first time this season the Bulldogs will be battling Miami University (Ohio), the former home of UMD graduate student defender Derek Daschke.

“It will definitely be weird,” Daschke shared. “One of my roomates the last three years, Jack Olmstead, he’s been in and out of the lineup and he just texted me that he’s making the trip. It will definitely be weird playing against some of my really good buddies and some guys I played with three years there.”

UMD is riding a momentous series split last weekend with number three Denver University.

This upcoming series is a big one on it’s own, but especially for Hermantown native and fifth year forward Jesse Jacques who’s potentially skating into AMSOIL Arena for the last time.

“I remember section finals, all the section playoffs, playing here at AMSOIL that was always a lot of fun. So good luck to those teams, lots of good memories for sure in that,” Jacques said, referencing his time skating for Hermantown High School.

On the Bulldogs he said, “it’s very cool to have played for your hometown, play in front of your friends and family. I think that’s going to be a thing that’s going to stick with me for a long time.”

Puck drop Friday against Miami is at 7 p.m. then Saturday at 8:30 p.m.