Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman 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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Monti Knewtson won a North Dakota state girls team championship in 2016 with West Fargo Sheyenne. Then she won the singles title last season. The Mustangs star got her third state championship, this time in doubles. Knewtson teamed up with Mimi Gu to take home the state doubles title, ousting Valley City's Reagan Ingstad and Kali Halgrimson 6-3, 7-6 (4) for the championship crown Saturday afternoon in Choice Health and Fitness.
GRAND FORKS—As eighth-graders, Shaelyn Johnson and Monti Knewtson played for the North Dakota state girls singles title. Johnson won it. As freshmen, the Grand Forks Red River and West Fargo Sheyenne stars once again played for the state singles title. Knewtson won that time. As sophomores, they found a way that each of them could win a state title in the same year. Johnson took home the singles crown Saturday afternoon in Choice Health and Fitness, downing Minot's Haya Dodin 6-3, 6-1 in the championship.
GRAND FORKS—The last NCAA national championship team at the University of North Dakota was captained by a junior defenseman from East Grand Forks, Minn. That was Gage Ausmus, who wore the 'C' for the 2016 champs. Next season, it will be another junior defenseman from East Grand Forks wearing the captain's 'C.' Colton Poolman was named team captain for UND on Wednesday, earning a rare distinction for a non-senior. He joins Ausmus as the only junior captains in the last decade.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—As upsets raged Saturday night, March 17, in college hockey conference tournaments, it became official that the University of North Dakota would not be making the NCAA West Regional. UND fan Jeff Lamke, who had already purchased tickets for the event at the Denny Sanford Premier Center, thought about an idea he considered years earlier: donating unused tickets to a local Big Brothers Big Sisters program. "I wondered if they had one in Sioux Falls," Lamke said. "I searched it, and there it was."
UND junior defenseman Christian Wolanin made his NHL debut for the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night, March 22, and a classmate of his could be doing the same in the near future. UND junior forward Shane Gersich officially signed his NHL deal with the Washington Capitals on Friday morning -- a move that had been expected for the last two days.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota, Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State are three of the four teams in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff this weekend in the Xcel Energy Center. They are all ranked in the top 12 in this week's USCHO national poll. Add in MSU-Mankato and Minnesota and five of the nation's top 15 teams in this week's national rankings are from this area. And there's reason to think that the future will be bright for the area teams considering youth hockey participation numbers compiled by USA Hockey.
GRAND FORKS—It took until the final second of the regular season for the University of North Dakota to extend its run of top-half conference finishes to 16 years. It took a third-period rally and an overtime goal Saturday night, March 10, for UND to extend its run of first-round playoff victories and spring break in the Twin Cities to 16 years. Now, two nights of hockey and 15 games sit between UND and one more program record streak.
GRAND FORKS —- The University of North Dakota is headed back to the Twin Cities. Nick Jones scored 53 seconds into overtime, banking a shot off the back of Omaha goalie Evan Weninger to give the Fighting Hawks a 4-3 victory over the Mavericks, Saturday night, march 10, and earn another trip to the Twin Cities. UND will play next weekend in St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center. It's the 16th-straight year that UND has won a first-round league playoff series and reached the Twin Cities.
GRAND FORKS—Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux sat on barstools on a stage in Ralph Engelstad Arena's lobby Thursday night, March 8. They were wearing their blue USA hockey jerseys with shiny Olympic gold medals around their necks. With nearly 1,000 people packed into the arena's entrance—some seated, some standing, some hanging over a railing from suite level trying to get a glimpse of them—the twins were asked when it finally hit them that they had become the state's first Olympic gold medalists.
GRAND FORKS—One streak survived last weekend. Thanks to the University of North Dakota's Saturday night, March 3, tie against St. Cloud State University, the Fighting Hawks finished in the top half of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and will play a first-round league playoff series at home for the 16th straight season. It's the longest streak of top-half conference finishes in college hockey by seven years. The only team within a decade of UND's current run is Boston College at nine years.