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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GRAND FORKS—In the span of two days, the University of North Dakota's offseason shuffling is essentially complete. Junior defenseman Christian Wolanin signed with the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday and could make his NHL debut as early as Thursday night, March 22. Junior forward Shane Gersich entered into contract negotiations with the Washington Capitals, and while nothing is official yet, a deal is expected to get done soon.
The last defenseman to lead UND in scoring spent 21 years in the NHL. That was James Patrick, who turned pro in 1983. Christian Wolanin achieved the same feat this season, leading UND in scoring from the back end, and now he’s about to embark on his pro career. Wolanin, a junior, gave up his final year of college eligibility Wednesday morning, March 21, when he signed a two-year contract with the Ottawa Senators.
When the NCAA men's hockey tournament bracket was revealed on Sunday morning, March 18, there was no North Dakota or Minnesota. It was the first time since 1978 that neither of the college hockey programs reached the NCAA tournament. They played for the NCAA national championship the following year. There was no Boston College or Wisconsin in the field, either. The last time UND, Minnesota, Boston College and Wisconsin all were out of the field? 1969.
ST. PAUL—It was St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, March 17, so there was no doubt that the University of North Dakota men's hockey team would be wearing green. Anything for a little luck. Needing three results to break its way to reach the NCAA tournament for a 16th consecutive season, UND took care of its own business by beating Minnesota Duluth 4-1 in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff third-place game, but the guys in green didn't get the help it needed elsewhere.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Brad Berry had an anguished look at the postgame press conference. His University of North Dakota men's hockey team just lost a 3-2 overtime game to No. 1-ranked St. Cloud State in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff semifinals Friday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center. He knew that UND's NCAA hopes now rested in the hands of other teams around the country.
GRAND FORKS—Rhett Gardner walked up to the front of a banquet room in the Science Museum of Minnesota on Thursday night, March 15, and was handed an award for being the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's best defensive forward. "It's really exciting," the UND center said. "It's a game I play, so it's my kind of award. Going into this season, I kind of had it in the back of my mind that this could be something I could win, because of the style I play. I thought I had a good year defensively playing against top lines and it worked out."
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, N.D.—Cam Johnson went to UND operations director Pat Swanson this week and asked if the players could change the playlist of songs before Friday, March 9’s, playoff opener. “Postseason, we call it the new season,” the senior goalie said. “New season, new tunes.” A new Friday night result followed, too.
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.