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Bender gets some local love

 

March 25, 2022

Mike Creger

Posing with the banner Saturday night are Cole Luense, Brennan Gerard, Easton Halverson, Kenna Gerard, Stacey Gerard, Josh Gerard, and Jamie Halverson. They were an inconspicuous group in a corner of the arena Saturday.

Area fans of University of Minnesota Duluth hockey player Koby Bender, who is from Cloquet and is a former Lumberjack, came out in force in St. Paul last weekend as the Bulldogs won the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff tournament at Xcel Energy Center, taking two games Friday and Saturday.

Bender scored a hat trick the week before to propel UMD into the "final four" weekend and the conference tournament win. The team began NCAA tournament play Thursday afternoon in Colorado.

Jamie Halverson

Bender flicked pucks and gave fist bumps through the glass Saturday as a group of kids in Lumberjacks jerseys, and a large Lumberjacks banner, clamored for his attention. Bender acknowledges the support in warmups Saturday from Sam Midge, Ethan Kvitek, Brennan Gerard, and Nikolas Lehto.

 
 

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