Aces on 29th Sports Notebook

Bulldogs sophomore defenseman Chris Casto lugged the puck through the neutral zone during the second period of his team's 3-1 exhibition victory over the U.S. National Under-18 Team on Saturday afternoon at Amsoil Arena. Howie / HowieBlog.com

Bulldogs sophomore defenseman Chris Casto lugged the puck through the neutral zone during the second period of his team’s 3-1 exhibition victory over the U.S. National U-18′s on Saturday afternoon at extraordinary Amsoil Arena. Howie / HowieBlog.com

The Bulldogs collected goals from three difference players and rotated three goaltenders who played one period apiece en route to a 3-1 men’s hockey exhibition victory over the U.S. National Under-18 Team before an announced crowd of 5,920 Saturday afternoon at Amsoil Arena.

Wade Bergman assisted on Justin Crandall's even-strength goal in the second period of Saturday's exhibition game. Howie / HowieBlog.com

Wade Bergman assisted on Justin Crandall’s even-strength goal in the second period of Saturday’s exhibition game. Howie / HowieBlog.com

Mike Seidel, Justin Crandall and Caleb Herbert scored for UMD (10-11-3), and Matt McNeely, Alex Fons and Aaron Crandall combined for 24 saves.

Scott Sandelin. Howie / HowieBlog.com

Scott Sandelin. Howie / HowieBlog.com

“It’s another game, and we need to continue to prepare [for the rest of our conference schedule],” Bulldogs coach Scott Sandelin told the UMDBulldogs.com following the game. “It’s better than a weekend off, it was a hard-fought game and I liked how we played for 60 minutes. We got the opportunity to play more than usual, and some guys that haven’t played in a while, I like the way they played. It gets tougher from here on out.”

The Bulldogs will play host to Denver in Western Collegiate Hockey Association games Friday and Saturday at Amsoil.

The U18′s face Wisconsin-Superior at 5 p.m. Sunday at Wessman Arena.

In other games featuring WCHA teams Saturday:

. Minnesota 4, Minnesota State-Mankato 1

. St. Cloud State 2, North Dakota 2

. Omaha-Nebraska 2, Bemidji State 1

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Scouting the Wild

The Wild (2-2-0) visit St. Louis (4-1-0) at 7 p.m. today (NBC Sports Network). Minnesota is tied for second-place in the Northwest Division with four points, one point behind leader Vancouver (2-1-1).

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Greyhounds goaltender Dylan Parker was perfect on Saturday, making 21 saves en route to a shutout victory. Howie / HowieBlog.com

Greyhounds goaltender Dylan Parker was perfect on Saturday, making 21 saves en route to a shutout victory. Howie / HowieBlog.com


Prep Report

High school hockey, Saturday results:

. Alex Toscano, Jack Forbort and Nick Altmann all had goals, and goaltender Dylan Parker had 21 saves, as Duluth East defeated Maple Grove 3-0 in a nonconference game at Duluth Heritage Sports Center. The No. 4-ranked Greyhounds are 15-4.

.Superior advanced to meet Fond du Lac in today’s championship game of the Showdown in Titletown with a 4-1 semifinal victory over Madison Edgewood. Tyler Nystrom scored the game-winner for the Spartans (12-5-1).

. Duluth Denfeld defeated host Warroad 3-2 on Saturday, on the strength of a late third-period goal by super-sophomore defenseman Nick Thompson. The 10th-ranked Hunters improved to 13-6 overall.

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