Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 12th 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, N.D. — The University of North Dakota won't have Brock Boeser or Tyson Jost on the ice Saturday afternoon when it takes on Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. But it may not be long before the two NHL first-round draft picks are back playing for the Fighting Hawks. Jost will play Jan. 6 at Omaha, flying straight in from Montreal after the World Junior Championship. And UND coach Brad Berry said Wednesday that he's not ruling Boeser out for that series, either.
GRAND FORKS — Brock Boeser just scored five goals in an October sweep against Bemidji State, but his right wrist was hurting. He played the next week against Minnesota Duluth, but had a massive ice bag taped to his wrist after the games. Since then, week by week, the wrist got worse and worse, and Boeser's production dropped. North Dakota finally shut him down on Thanksgiving week to try to see if rest would help it heal for the second half of the season. But that didn't work either.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—College hockey's national champion this season could be Penn State, Army or Vermont. It could be Bemidji State, Ohio State or Robert Morris. Or maybe it will just be one of the same old powerhouses like Boston University, Denver or defending champ North Dakota. Who knows? During the first half of this season, no team or group of teams have looked particularly overwhelming, which could leave the national crown up for grabs in April.
GRAND FORKS — There was no Brock Boeser on Saturday night. He missed his fifth game in a row with a wrist injury. There was no Tyson Jost. Hockey Canada pulled all of its World Junior Championship team members to camp Saturday. There was no Hayden Shaw. He missed his third game in a row with an injury. And without those three mainstays on the power play, North Dakota fired blanks during a 3-1 loss to Western Michigan on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota left the bright lights and Manhattan skyscrapers behind last weekend. But the Fighting Hawks brought their game back to Grand Forks. Six days after a confidence-building win against Boston College in Madison Square Garden, UND returned home and easily handled a resurgent Western Michigan team 5-1 in front of 11,330 in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
GRAND FORKS — One by one, University of North Dakota men's hockey players left the locker room and slowly walked across the hall. They entered another room. It was filling up. Mark Poolman, the athletic trainer, was the busiest man on the team. UND may have swept Western Michigan with back-to-back, down-to-the-wire victories last February in Kalamazoo's Lawson Ice Arena, but it paid the price.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota started the season 5-0 and it seemed like this team was destined to contend for a fourth straight NCAA Frozen Four, a third straight Penrose Cup and a second straight national championship. Then, the Fighting Hawks went on their longest winless streak in 14 seasons — six games (0-4-2) slide. Just when everyone was ready to count them out, UND went to St. Cloud and became the first time in college hockey history to post back-to-back shutouts of the Huskies.
NEW YORK — North Dakota traveled to America's largest city this week. It walked into the World's Most Famous Arena on Saturday night. It played a game in front of Phil Jackson, the state's U.S. Senator and the town's mayor. And the players made sure all of the glitz and glamour of its trip to Manhattan would be memorable by toppling longtime nemesis Boston College 4-3 in the inaugural College Hockey Showdown in Madison Square Garden.
NEW YORK — For the second time in three days, the Minnesota Timberwolves put together a big second-half comeback against the New York Knicks. For the second time in three days, it wasn't enough. Despite rallying from down 14 in the second half, the Timberwolves once again found a way to lose — this time a 118-114 decision to the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Minnesota has lost four in a row and seven of the last eight as they have stumbled to the second-worst record in the Western Conference and the third-worst in all of the NBA.
GRAND FORKS — Tyson Jost was asked what he knows about the history of North Dakota and Boston College. The UND freshman paused. He thought for a second. "Honestly, not too much," he said. "I definitely know that there's a rivalry there." Read between the lines. The names Krys Kolanos, Chris Collins and Nathan Gerbe are not curse words to him. Their performances in the 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2007 NCAA Frozen Fours do not ring a bell to him.