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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WINNIPEG, Manitoba—An improbable goal-scorer lifted an improbable champion into the Stanley Cup Finals. Ryan Reaves' tie-breaking goal in the second period Sunday, May 20, enabled the Vegas Golden Knights to edge the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, clinching the Western Conference title for Vegas in its first season of existence.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba—The Winnipeg Whiteout can be tamed after all. Since winning 13 games in a row in Bell MTS Place, the Winnipeg Jets have suddenly lost three of the last four in front of their vaunted crowd—the latest a 3-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights Monday, May 14, in Game 2 of the Western Conference final. The series is now tied 1-1 with Games 3 and 4 scheduled for Las Vegas this week.
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.
GRAND FORKS -- Bill Chaves said one of the first tasks on his list as the University of North Dakota’s new athletic director was to sign head men’s hockey coach Brad Berry to a new contract. It didn’t take him long. Berry inked a new five-year deal with a base salary of $400,000 annually on Friday, May 4, keeping him under contract through the 2022-23 season.
GRAND FORKS—Another Schmaltz is on the way to the University of North Dakota men's hockey team. Jake Schmaltz, the cousin of former UND standouts and current NHL players Jordan and Nick Schmaltz, gave a verbal commitment to play college hockey in Grand Forks. "Obviously, I've been around the culture and tradition my whole life with my cousins playing here and my parents going here," Jake said. "I've grown up coming here. I did the UND camps when I was young. I know what it's all about. When they showed interest, I knew I wanted to go here."
WINNIPEG—Mark Poolman had knee surgery on Friday morning. He drove up to Winnipeg on Friday afternoon. And he was in the raucous Bell MTS Place on Friday night, April 20, watching his son, Tucker, help the Winnipeg Jets romp the Minnesota Wild 5-0 and win the city's first NHL playoff series in 31 years. "He told me that he wasn't going to miss it," said Tucker, a former East Grand Forks and UND star defenseman. "He's probably still got some anesthesia in him, not knowing quite what's going on."
GRAND FORKS — Referee Dan Dreger was on his hands and knees, blood streaming from his face and into a small puddle on the ice. His palate, the roof of his mouth, was cracked in half lengthwise—from his upper teeth all the way to the back of his throat. When he closed his mouth, his upper and lower teeth didn't line up anymore. Facial bones on both sides of his nose were fractured. The area between his upper lip and his left nostril was cut open, in need of three dozen stitches.
WINNIPEG—Bell MTS Place was full with fans decked out in white jerseys, shirts, pants, hair and beards. Two women even wore their wedding dresses to get in the spirit of the Winnipeg Whiteout, a famed playoff tradition in the city that dates back to the 1980s. They started partying on the street adjacent to Bell MTS Place in the afternoon, packed the arena by the time the teams came out for warmups and chanted "go Jets go" throughout the game. At long last, they didn't have to stop celebrating when the final horn sounded.
GRAND FORKS—When Ralph Engelstad Arena was built in the early 2000s, then-coach Dean Blais had a sign constructed outside the locker room door. It said: "Speed kills." It was a philosophy that led the University of North Dakota to NCAA national championships in 1997 and 2000, led the program to five MacNaughton Cups in eight years and filled the seats with fans flocking to watch UND pile up the goals and the wins. The revered coach, who later went on to stints with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Fargo Force and Omaha Mavericks, retired last spring.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Just another ho-hum Notre Dame hockey game. The Fighting Irish used a goal with 5.2 seconds left ot beat Michigan 4-3 in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals on Thursday night in the Xcel Energy Center. It was the fifth consecutive game that Notre Dame has won in the last 31 seconds of regulation or in overtime. It will set up a national championship game against Minnesota Duluth at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota Duluth is looking for its second national title (2011). Notre Dame is looking for its first.