Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.
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GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota goalie Cam Johnson had a good feeling before every game against Minnesota Duluth last season. Although his Fighting Hawks team got swept in the first month of the season at AmsOil Arena, he always thought it was going to turn around. "We felt every game ... they can't beat us three games in a row; they can't beat us four games in a row; there's no way they beat us five games in a row," Johnson said. "And they just kept beating us. They were a pesky team last year. We couldn't figure them out."
GRAND FORKS — Defenseman Gabe Bast came to the University of North Dakota with the reputation of having a heavy shot from the point and the ability to add offense. After missing the first two weeks of the season recovering from shoulder surgery, and taking a few more to adjust to college hockey, the rookie blue liner is starting to do just that. Bast will take a three-game point streak to this weekend's two-game series against Minnesota Duluth (8:08 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, and 7:07 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20).
UND has hired Bill Chaves from Eastern Washington as the school's next athletic director. A press conference is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday to introduce Chaves.
BEMIDJI—Seven games into the season, Austin Poganski was one of just two players on the UND men's hockey roster without a point. The captain vowed he wouldn't change his game, though. He said his focus was on playing his bruising style of hockey—finishing checks, being a pest defensively and not taking any shortcuts to rack up statistics. If he did that, Poganski said, the points would eventually come. Sure enough, they're coming.
GRAND FORKS — In his last trip to Amalie Arena, Brock Boeser had a goal and four points in the NCAA national championship game, leading the University of North Dakota to its eighth title. When he goes back in a couple of weeks, it will be as an NHL All-Star. Boeser was named to the NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, Jan. 10, the lone representative from the Vancouver Canucks and the only rookie to be selected to the game.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota coach Brad Berry watched the college football national championship game Monday night, Jan. 8, with his 12-year-old son, Bauer, and noticed something that looked familiar. Alabama benched starting quarterback Jalen Hurts at halftime, looking for a spark from backup Tua Tagovailoa. It worked. Alabama rallied in the second half and beat Clemson in overtime to win the national title.
UND coach Brad Berry pulled rookie goaltender Peter Thome aside Saturday morning during the team's pregame skate. "We're going to shake things up and try to give the team a boost," Berry told Thome. "You're going to start tonight, so be ready." That wasn't the only change Berry had up his sleeve. He also scratched two of his prized rookie forwards—Grant Mismash and Collin Adams—and juggled two of the three defensive pairings.
GRAND FORKS — It's no major surprise that offensive production was an issue for the University of North Dakota men's hockey team Friday night. That's been a theme, off and on, for this whole season. But the concern level ratcheted up when the Fighting Hawks were only able to muster one goal—on a penalty shot, no less—in a 4-1 loss to an Omaha team that entered the weekend ranked 59th of 60 college hockey teams in goals allowed and dead last in goalie save percentage.
GRAND FORKS — The four finalists to be the next athletic director at the University of North Dakota will be on campus in the next week. Western Michigan senior associate athletic director Monty Porter, UND Champions Club executive director Mike Mannausau, Texas-San Antonio deputy athletic director Kellie Elliott and Eastern Washington athletic director Bill Chaves will interview on campus and be available at public forums. Porter's public session will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Gransberg Room in the Gorecki Alumni Center.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota athletic director search committee narrowed the field of candidates to four finalists during its meeting Thursday morning, Jan. 4. Multiple sources say the finalists are Eastern Washington athletic director Bill Chaves, Western Michigan associate athletic director Monty Porter, UND Champions Club executive director Mike Mannausau and Texas-San Antonio deputy athletic director Kellie Elliott.