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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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.
VANCOUVER-- Former University of North Dakota forward Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks, considered one of the frontrunners for the NHL's rookie of the year award, may be out for the rest of the season. Boeser sustained a soft-tissue injury and a small, non-structural, non-displaced fracture of the transverse process in his lower back after violently colliding with an open door along the bench in Monday night's game. Boeser was taken to the hospital and was released.
GRAND FORKS—Johnny Simonson grew up in Grand Forks following the University of North Dakota men's hockey program and all of its feats. Nobody needs to tell him that the program has reached the NCAA tournament 15 years in a row—the second-longest stretch in college hockey history. Nobody needs to tell him that UND has been at home for the first round of the playoffs every season since he was eight years old. Simonson already knows all about that.
GRAND FORKS—In his last game at the 2018 Winter Olympics, University of North Dakota sophomore Ludvig Hoff played against former NHL superstars Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk of Russia. Datsyuk even came over and talked to Hoff and another Norwegian player after the quarterfinal game. "Obviously, he's been so good for so many years," Hoff said. "You could see the small things he was so good at—how good his hands are. It was just fun to play against him and see how good you have to be to be one of the top guys in the world."