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 -- Collin Adams insists he wasn't picking a spot. He said he was just looking to one-time a shot high on net. Forgive his teammates if they don't believe him.
GRAND FORKS—As Fargo South's Davis Lawley ripped through the regular season—going undefeated in singles and not playing a match closer than 6-0, 6-1—the rest of the East Region took notice. Nobody was going to compete with the 2015 North Dakota state boys singles champion and not many wanted to try. That's what led to an unusual number of top players opting to compete in doubles in the individual tournament rather than singles.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—A couple of weeks ago, Ed Belfour sent an impassioned plea to his former teammates to make it to Grand Forks this weekend. He remarked that after his Hockey Hall of Fame career that included a Stanley Cup, he still considers the 1986-87 UND team as special as any team he's ever been on. He reminded them that three of their teammates—Scott Brower, Perry Nakonechny and Scott Dub—have passed away. And he said he and others have had some health setbacks.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—The University of North Dakota hockey coaching staff assumed it would have a difficult time picking which 12 forwards suit up on any given night this season. They were right—and those decisions aren't getting any easier. The first weekend of the regular season only muddied the waters even further as UND's third- and fourth-line players, generally those most at risk of being scratched, collectively had strong games.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—One thing went through Brad Berry's mind when Alaska Anchorage tied the game 2-2 late Saturday in the third period. "Groundhog's Day," the UND coach said. Another night, another lopsided shot total with not much to show for it, another squandered third-period lead and another overtime on the way. But just like the 1993 movie referenced by Berry, in which Bill Murray repeats the same day until he gets it right, UND also found the right conclusion to its trip to Alaska.
Former UND baseball player Andrew Gudmunson of Minot was injured Sunday night in Las Vegas, where a gunman opened fire on a concert crowd, killing at least 50 and injuring hundreds. Gudmunson had one surgery and more are ahead, according to UND athletic director Brian Faison.
GRAND FORKS—Before Saturday's exhibition game, a couple of University of North Dakota freshmen started asking teammate Ludvig Hoff questions in the locker room. What should they expect? How good is Manitoba? Are they physical? Are they going to hit a lot? "They were kind of nervous," Hoff said. "I was just telling them, 'It's just another hockey game, you've played hundreds beforehand.' I don't know if it helped them or not, but they looked pretty comfortable."
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota freshman defenseman Gabe Bast, a standout in the British Columbia Hockey League, will miss the start of the season recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. UND coach Brad Berry said that Bast is actually ahead of schedule, though, and should be back by the end of October. Bast will definitely miss next weekend's exhibition game against the University of Manitoba and will almost certainly miss the season-opening series at Alaska Anchorage.
ST. PAUL—Josh Fenton stood up against a wall in a basement hallway of Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday afternoon looking at a portion of the venue that's always out-of-sight to its visitors. The National Collegiate Hockey Conference commissioner noticed the paint on the walls looked like it had just been applied this summer. There's no chipping, no wear-and-tear. He noticed the cleanliness and the lack of clutter. "Can you believe this place is 17 years old?" Fenton asked.
GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota may have lost 10 players to early signings in the last three summers, including stars Tyson Jost, Brock Boeser and Tucker Poolman this spring, but media members expect the Fighting Hawks to end up in a familiar spot. UND was picked to finish third by those who cover the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in the annual preseason media poll.