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Bulldogs' Kaiser putting up points for Team USA at World Junior Championship

Kaiser has two goals and an assist for the undefeated United States, which takes on Czechia on Wednesday in the quarterfinals in Edmonton.

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Minnesota Duluth defenseman Wyatt Kaiser (5) and Michigan forward Luke Morgan (25) compete for the puck during the second period on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth. Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

In two seasons at Minnesota Duluth, defenseman Wyatt Kaiser has two goals, with both coming a year ago during his sophomore season.

Through four preliminary games at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, Kaiser has a two goals as the undefeated United States Junior National Team heads to the quarterfinals to take on Czechia on Wednesday at Rogers Place.

Kaiser, who is entering his junior year at UMD this fall, has two goals and an assist through four U.S. victories, putting him second in scoring among American defensemen. Michigan defenseman Luke Hughes leads all USA blue liners with a goal and five assists.

Both of Kaiser’s goals came in the Americans’ 7-0 victory over Austria, earning him player of the game honors. Kaiser gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead with a shot from the point that made its way through traffic. He made it 3-0 with a snipe that came from above the faceoff circle.

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Kaiser, playing on the second U.S. defensive pairing with Michigan’s Jacob Truscott, is one of two Bulldogs playing on Team USA at the World Juniors along with forward Dominic James, who has an assist in four games centering the third line.

Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin said both James and Kaiser have looked good in the World Juniors, and that the goals are a bonus for Kaiser.

"I'd like to see more of those during the year, they were good shots. It's an area that he's worked on since his freshman year," Sandelin said. "I think he's played well. He's playing his game, defensive."

The United States won Group B, finishing the preliminary round 4-0 after a 3-2 win on Sunday over Sweden. Preliminary play wraps up Monday, with the quarterfinals being played Wednesday. Semifinals are scheduled for Friday, followed by the bronze and gold medal matches on Saturday.

Bulldogs heading to Worlds

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Goalkeeper Emma Soderberg of Sweden in action during the 2022 Olympics at National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China on February 5, 2022.
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The United States , Sweden and Canada have released their rosters for the upcoming IIHF Women’s World Championship scheduled for Aug. 25-Sept. 4 in Denmark, featuring six Bulldogs who were at the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.

Canada is bringing back former UMD defenseman Jocelyne Laroque and fifth-year UMD blue liner Ashton Bell. Both helped Canada win gold in Beijing and gold at the 2021 World Championship in Calgary.

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Former Bulldogs goaltender Maddie Rooney — an Olympic gold and silver medalist — will be making her third appearance with Team USA at Worlds after missing the 2021 tournament due to injury.

Bulldogs fifth-year senior goaltender Emma Soderberg is joining Sweden at the World Championship for the second time in her career. Soderberg, who helped backstop the Bulldogs to within a win of the NCAA title in 2021-22, didn’t play in the 2021 Women’s Worlds, but was Sweden’s go-to goaltender at the 2022 Olympics.

Jojo Chobak, who was in line to take over as the starting goaltender next season, has entered the NCAA transfer portal after two seasons at UMD.

Former Bulldog Michelle Lowenhielm is also back with Team Sweden after playing in the 2022 Olympics. She will be making her sixth appearance in the World Championship.

Bulldog Bites

Both Canada and the U.S. have released their lineups for a pair of series against Canada on Aug. 17-20 in Calgary.

No Bulldogs were selected for the series between the U.S. Collegiate Women’s Select Team and Canada’s National Women’s Development Team. For the Under-18 series, future Bulldog Grace Sadura of Minnetonka will suit up for Team USA.

  • The 2022 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament in Colorado Springs, Colorado, wrapped up over the weekend with the United States finishing second following a 6-4 loss to Czechia to finish 3-1. No Bulldogs recruits suited up for the U.S., but Hermantown native Dallas Vieau did. He finished with three goals and three assists in four games. Vieau, who is uncommitted, is entering his junior year of high school after helping the Hawks win a Class A state championship in 2021-22.
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Emma Soderberg recorded her 12th career shutout while Mannon McMahon and Anneke Linser scored two goals each for the win over the Nittany Lions.

This story was updated at 2:34 p.m. on Aug. 15, 2022, after Canada released its roster for the IIHF Women's World Championship. It was originally posted at 11:11 a.m. on Aug. 15, 2022.

Co-host of the Bulldog Insider Podcast and college hockey reporter for the Duluth News Tribune and The Rink Live covering the Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey programs.
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