The last time Minnesota Duluth opened the season with an exhibition against the University of Alberta at Amsoil Arena back in 2017-18, the Bulldogs lost 4-3 to the Golden Bears. With that in mind, consider Saturday’s result to start 2019-20 — a 5-3 exhibition loss to the Golden Bears at Amsoil Arena — a good omen as the Bulldogs begin their quest to three-peat as national champions. “They play the game the right way, that’s why I wanted them to come back,” UMD coach Scott Sandelin said of the Bears. “I knew it was going to be a good test for us and a chance to get some young out there.” A trio of juniors — Justin Richards, Dylan Samberg and Nick Swaney — scored for the Bulldogs, who open the regular season next weekend with a nonconference series against UMass-Lowell. The 2019 NCAA championship banner will be unveiled next to the 2011 and 2018 banners prior to the 7:07 p.m. puck drop. Richards, who was named an assistant captain this week alongside co-captains Nick Wolff and Hunter Shepard, tied the game at 1-1 via a shorthanded goal in the final 21 seconds of the first period. Sophomore wing Cole Koepke created the chance by forcing an Alberta turn...