UMD men's hockey: Bulldogs add home New Year's Eve exhibition against St. Thomas

Exhibition against the Tommies at Amsoil Arena breaks up a 26-day layoff between regular season games for the the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs are introduced before the game against Miami on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.
The Bulldogs are introduced before the game against Miami on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at Amsoil Arena in Duluth.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

Minnesota Duluth has added a home New Year’s Eve exhibition game against St. Thomas to its 2022-23 schedule, breaking up what was originally a 26-day layoff between regular season games over the holidays.

Puck drop for the Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, game against the Tommies at Amsoil Arena has yet to be determined. It will be the Bulldogs’ first game against St. Thomas since Jan. 8, 1963, when UMD was an NCAA Division I independent. The Tommies made the jump from NCAA Division III and the MIAC to Division I and the CCHA a year ago.

The Sun Devils and Big Red are making their first-ever appearances in Duluth to play the Bulldogs while the Badgers are back for the first time since 2012.

This marks the second consecutive season the Bulldogs are playing another Division I team in an exhibition — last year UMD played Wisconsin in Chippewa Falls — instead of a Canadian university or the USA Hockey National Team Development Program. The NCAA started allowing exhibitions against other Division I opponents last season because of COVID-19 and made the rule change permanent this year.

The Bulldogs were scheduled to have three consecutive weekends off in December after hosting Denver in NCHC play on Dec. 9-10 at Amsoil Arena and playing Bemidji State in a nonconference home-and-home series Jan. 6 in Bemidji and Jan. 7 in Duluth.

Blake Biondi, the Hermantown native, along with linemates Quinn Olson and Dominic James, scored two first period goals to jump start the Bulldogs on Friday at Nebraska Omaha. The penalty kill took over from there to put UMD in position to sweep the series Saturday at Baxter Arena.

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