UMD: The morning after

Championship Saturday was followed by a Sunday morning when Minnesota Duluth could call itself NCAA men’s hockey champion. Somewhere the late Ralph Romano, the school’s athletic director and former coach, who brought the program into the Division I era in 1961-62, was smiling. When contacted earlier Saturday, former coach Mike Sertich said the memories of 1984, in a trip to the title game in Lake Placid, N.Y., were special, but new memories were in the offing.

UMD’s 3-2 overtime win against the most successful of NCAA programs, Michigan, at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, was earned just 150 miles from the North Shore. Goals came from two Minnesotans — hometown products Max Tardy of Duluth and Kyle Schmidt of Hermantown — and Travis Oleksuk, from just four hours north of Duluth in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and the son of a former Bulldog.

UMD is expected to be honored Sunday before a 1 p.m. game at Target Field in Minneapolis between the Twins and Oakland, and a 5 p.m. game at Xcel Energy Center between the Wild and Dallas.

The ESPN-shown title game is expected to replayed at 8 p.m. Sunday on ESPN Classic.

A civic celebration is expected at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Amsoil Arena.

Here’s some of the media reaction Sunday morning:

The News Tribune has plenty of stuff. There is fan reaction here.

A celebration video here.

A game story here.

Fan photos from those watching in Duluth here.

From the Ann Arbor (Mich.) News and the Michigan side.

A game story here.

More video here.

Coach Red Berenson on officiating here.

From College Hockey News there are stories here and here.

From Inside College Hockey here and here.

From U.S. College Hockey Online here and here.

From the New York Times here.

From the St. Paul Pioneer Press here.

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune here and here and here.

And more photos here.

From the UMD athletic website here.

5 thoughts on “UMD: The morning after

  1. Kevin – I have a lot of time on my hands this afternoon and I was reading some previous posts and a comment was made about Sandelin (i.e., pc suggested in the Spencer Penrose post that (s)he heard or is in the know that “Penn State has been sniffing around”). Sandelin has assembled a solid staff and Larson and Plante have done outstanding work. It is necessary to keep this group triving and striving. What is going on from a contract perspective for these coaches? Do you foresee the Administration putting its best foot forward to extend their contracts, etc.? Does the Adminstration want to make a longer term commitment? I realize that the dust as yet to settle on winning the National Championship but I would really enjoy to read your insights and persepctive. BTW, you have done solid work in covering the team especially the past few weeks!

  2. I was lucky enough to be in the section right behind the Michigan net in overtime. When Kyle Schmidt buried that puck into the back of the net I have never jumped so high in my life. THANK YOU BULLDOGS. I only wish I could have heard Ciskie make the call and been able to see Dick Stewart’s reaction to the goal. UMD needs to sign Sandelin to a long term deal along with the assistants. Lets hope that Faulk, Connolly, Connolly, Oleksuk, and Lamb stick around for 1 more year. UMD BULLDOGS NATIONAL CHAMPS….YES!!!!

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