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.—Omaha's team bus pulled into Ralph Engelstad Arena's parking lot on Thursday afternoon. It drove down the ramp in the loading dock. The garage door opened and the bus pulled into the basement of the venue. Dean Blais hopped out. It's the seventh time he's done this—returned as an opposing coach to the building he once helped design as UND's head coach. It hasn't gotten old yet.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—There were eight of them at the beginning. Adam Tambellini left school after a semester. Wade Murphy transferred to Arizona State after two years. Then, Troy Stecher, Paul LaDue, Luke Johnson and Keaton Thompson all signed NHL contracts last summer after helping UND to the NCAA national championship. So, late Saturday night, the ice may look a little lonely. Gage Ausmus and Matt Hrynkiw, the only two seniors remaining on the team, will be recognized after UND's series against Omaha.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota no longer controls its fate for home ice in the first round of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference play. It will need help from Denver and Colorado College to pass St. Cloud State, which holds a two-point edge on UND for the final spot of home ice with four games to play. Surely, there will be a lot of scoreboard-watching the next two weeks, especially from the NCHC league offices, which could stand to lose money if UND doesn't host a first-round series and draw 22,000-plus for a best-of-three playoff series.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — It would be completely understandable if the North Dakota men's hockey team was getting frustrated or exasperated at this point. UND's 3-2 loss to Western Michigan on Saturday night in Lawson Arena followed an all-too-familiar script. The Fighting Hawks dominated nearly the entire game, outshooting the Broncos 46-19, including a lopsided 34-7 margin during the final two periods, only to come away with another loss.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — North Dakota tied the game in the third period. It had numerous chances to take the lead and get a key win. But just as it has done so many times in this frustrating season, UND found a way to end up on the wrong side of a hockey game that was up for grabs. Western Michigan third-year captain Sheldon Dries broke a 2-2 tie with 6 minutes, 58 seconds to go in the third and Colt Conrad tacked on the empty-netter to give the Broncos a 4-2 win in front of 3,045 in Lawson Ice Arena.
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Hayden Shaw was the first player to step on the ice at practice Thursday afternoon at Lawson Ice Arena. The University of North Dakota sophomore defenseman took two strides, then threw a hard shoulder into the boards. Just had to get a little reminder of what it's like to play a game in Lawson Ice Arena.
GRAND FORKS — Listen closely to some of the comments coming out of the UND men's hockey locker room when Tyson Jost's name is mentioned. You'll hear things that aren't often said about rookies in these parts. At Wednesday's weekly press conference, junior forward Trevor Olson and sophomore forward Shane Gersich, who have both already won national championships at the college level, were asked about Jost's impending return from injury for this weekend's series at Western Michigan. They both talked about the obvious skill he possesses.
GRAND FORKS — The NHL has not yet decided whether it will be sending its players to the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea. But you can bet that it's closely being followed by a number of college hockey teams. If the NHL does not send its players, it could have major implications on the next NCAA season. USA Hockey and Hockey Canada would likely have to fill its roster from players in European leagues, lower-tier pro leagues in North American, and, yes, college hockey. This could have both positive and negative effects for the teams.
TAMPA, Fla. — Paul LaDue walked out of the visitors dressing room in Amalie Arena on April 9 as a college hockey national champion after North Dakota beat Quinnipiac in the Frozen Four. On Tuesday, LaDue walked back into Amalie Arena and that same visitors dressing room to make some more history. LaDue, who was born in Grand Forks, attended high school at Grand Forks Central and went to college at the University of North Dakota, made his NHL debut for the Los Angeles Kings against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
GRAND FORKS — If the college hockey season ended today, North Dakota would be in the national tournament for the 15th straight season, extending the second-longest streak in college hockey history. That's despite the fact that UND has the 25th-best winning percentage in the country and that it has a below-.500 record in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play. UND, ranked No. 10 in the Pairwise Rankings, is enjoying large boon because of its difficult nonconference schedule, the success of the NCHC and some timely wins.