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 — The University of North Dakota played No. 4-ranked Denver, the defending national champion, four times this season. The Fighting Hawks were dead-even with the Pioneers, splitting a series in Denver and tying twice in Grand Forks. UND played No. 1-ranked St. Cloud State, the regular season champion in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, four times this season. Three of those games went to overtime. Whether or not this UND team can consistently play toe-to-toe with the country's top-ranked teams is not a question.
GRAND FORKS—One streak survived last weekend. Thanks to the University of North Dakota's Saturday night, March 3, tie against St. Cloud State University, the Fighting Hawks finished in the top half of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and will play a first-round league playoff series at home for the 16th straight season. It's the longest streak of top-half conference finishes in college hockey by seven years. The only team within a decade of UND's current run is Boston College at nine years.
VANCOUVER-- Former University of North Dakota forward Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks, considered one of the frontrunners for the NHL's rookie of the year award, may be out for the rest of the season. Boeser sustained a soft-tissue injury and a small, non-structural, non-displaced fracture of the transverse process in his lower back after violently colliding with an open door along the bench in Monday night's game. Boeser was taken to the hospital and was released.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota has more home hockey left. Although it gave up a two-goal lead in the third period and made its fans sweat it out, the 2-2 tie with No. 1 St. Cloud State Saturday Night, March 3, was enough to secure fourth place in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings and earn another home weekend. UND will host Omaha next weekend in a best-of-three series. The Fighting Hawks were able to get home ice with the tie coupled with Minnesota Duluth's win over Omaha.
GRAND FORKS—Ryan Poehling scored his second goal of the game on a power play in overtime to give St. Cloud State a 4-3 win over the University of North Dakota on Friday night. With the loss, UND no longer controls its own destiny to get home ice for the first round of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs. At roughly the midway point in the game, UND broke through and scored the game's opening goal.
GRAND FORKS—Johnny Simonson grew up in Grand Forks following the University of North Dakota men's hockey program and all of its feats. Nobody needs to tell him that the program has reached the NCAA tournament 15 years in a row—the second-longest stretch in college hockey history. Nobody needs to tell him that UND has been at home for the first round of the playoffs every season since he was eight years old. Simonson already knows all about that.
GRAND FORKS—In his last game at the 2018 Winter Olympics, University of North Dakota sophomore Ludvig Hoff played against former NHL superstars Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk of Russia. Datsyuk even came over and talked to Hoff and another Norwegian player after the quarterfinal game. "Obviously, he's been so good for so many years," Hoff said. "You could see the small things he was so good at—how good his hands are. It was just fun to play against him and see how good you have to be to be one of the top guys in the world."
Olympic gold medalists Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando of Grand Forks and Gigi Marvin of Warroad are starting their Victory Tour around the United States today, Feb. 26. It will include appearances on "The Ellen Show" with Ellen DeGeneres and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." They will be taping an episode with Ellen this afternoon in Los Angeles that will air tomorrow. Their appearance on "The Tonight Show" in New York City is scheduled for March 5.
OXFORD, Ohio—It never stopped raining the entire time the University of North Dakota was in Ohio on its last road trip of the regular season. Perhaps it was a omen or a metaphor for the Fighting Hawks, whose chances of getting home ice for the first round of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs and a berth in the NCAA tournament for a 16th straight year are now as murky as the puddles that gathered across Miami University's campus.
OXFORD, Ohio—No lead is safe with the University of North Dakota men's hockey team right now. Not even a three-goal cushion against the last-place National Collegiate Hockey Conference team that hadn't scored in four games and 240 minutes of play. UND turned a 3-0 lead into a 4-3 overtime loss to Miami University on Friday night, Feb. 23, at Goggin Ice Arena in Oxford, Ohio, the worst of all the blown leads in the last month.