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Biondi to play for U.S. U-17 Team this weekend

Hermantown’s Blake Biondi is scheduled to play for the U.S. National Under-17 Team in a pair of games against USHL opponents this weekend at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.

Team USA will play host to the Muskegon Lumberjacks tonight and the Dubuque Fighting Saints Saturday night.

Biondi, a 6-0, 180-pound Hawks junior forward, led the Upper Midwest High School Elite League with 20 goals in 21 regular season games this fall. He has verbally committed to the Bulldogs for 2020-21.

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The defending NCAA men’s hockey champion Bulldogs plays top-ranked Notre Dame at 6:35 p.m. today and 4:05 p.m. Saturday at Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind. UMD defeated the Fighting Irish 2-1 in the 2018 national championship game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The second-ranked Bulldogs (4-1-1) have won four straight. The Fighting Irish are 3-0-1, all on the road. UMD is 7-4-2 against Notre Dame since 2010-11.