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—Rhett Gardner zipped up and down the ice Wednesday at practice, getting ready to play his first game in nearly a month. "He's all in," University of North Dakota coach Brad Berry said. And he's about to be put right to work. Gardner, UND's first-line center, is expected to draw the assignment of playing against Colorado College's dominant top line of Mason Bergh, Nick Halloran and Trey Bradley when the teams play a two-game series this weekend in Ralph Engelstad Arena (7:37 p.m. Friday, 7:07 p.m. Saturday).
ST. PAUL—In late November, Zach Parise walked to the northeast corner of Ralph Engelstad Arena, just as he did on a daily basis during his two seasons as a hockey player at the University of North Dakota. But when he got the ground level, he was in for a surprise. The UND hockey locker room area has been completely re-made since he turned pro in 2004 and the NHL and Olympic star hadn't been back since those major renovations occurred in the summer of 2014.
TAMPA, Fla.—Brock Boeser has been to Amalie Arena in Tampa twice. He won an NCAA national championship with the University of North Dakota men's hockey team the first time. He won MVP of the NHL All-Star Game the second time. Boeser, who was assigned the same locker stall in Amalie Arena that he used during the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four, earned the MVP honors Sunday, Jan. 28, in helping the Pacific Division win the NHL All-Star Game.
GRAND FORKS—Another night, another tie. The University of North Dakota men's hockey forged a 1-1 tie Saturday, Jan. 27, with defending national champion on Denver to end the series with a pair of deadlocks. Denver earned the extra point in National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings by scoring a goal in the three-on-three portion of overtime. Christian Wolanin's power-play goal midway through the second stood as the game-tying goal. UND moved to 12-8-8 overall and 6-6-4 in NCHC play. Denver moved to 14-6-6 and 8-4-4.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota goalie Cam Johnson skated to the bench with about two minutes left, hoping his teammates would come through and tie the game. They did. Defenseman Hayden Shaw rifled a point shot that grazed a Denver defenseman and flew by goalie Tanner Jaillet with 1 minute, 32 seconds left to help the Fighting Hawks grab a 3-3 tie with Denver. The Pioneers got an extra point in National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings by winning the three-on-three portion of play on a goal by Troy Terry.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota men's hockey team returned home from Duluth at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan 21. A few hours later, the coaching staff was back in the office, going through video of the team's two losses at the University of Minnesota Duluth and putting together a fairly predictable practice agenda for the week. Monday: special teams. Tuesday: special teams. Wednesday: special teams. Thursday: special teams.
GRAND FORKS — Tyson Jost's early signing with the Colorado Avalanche last spring left the University of North Dakota a bit thinner than expected at center this season. The injury to junior Rhett Gardner, who assumed the top-line center role, compounded that issue in a pair of losses last weekend at Minnesota Duluth.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota's chances at bringing home the Penrose Cup for the third time in four years diminished significantly over the weekend in a pair of losses at Minnesota Duluth. The more realistic aim is now securing a top-four finish in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings and a getting home ice for the first round of the league playoffs for a 16th consecutive season. That won't be easy, either.
DULUTH — It was a new night. UND shifted the lineup for the 26th time in 26 games and broke out the new black jerseys, hoping things would change. But none of it worked. It was the same old story. UND was still unable to kill penalties and it still was unable to beat Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs scored three times on the power play—six times on the weekend—as they finished off a two-game sweep with a 5-2 win Saturday nigh, Jan. 20, in Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH, Minn.—On Nov. 12, the University of North Dakota men's hockey team had one of the best penalty kills in the country. It had killed off 46 of 48 opponent chances—the second-best rate in the nation. But since mid-November, that unit has been one of the worst in the country. It entered the weekend ranked 54th of 60 teams in penalty kill since Nov. 12, and it didn't get any better against the Bulldogs on Friday night, Jan. 19.