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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FARGO — Boston University began looking at possible regional assignments Sunday morning before the bracket was officially announced. One possibility piqued the interest of head coach David Quinn: going to Fargo to take on North Dakota. "It's one of those things we've talked about and I can feel throughout the locker room," Quinn said. "If you're an elite athlete, an elite hockey player, this is a game you want to play in.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Michigan Tech students began arriving four hours before the start of the game. The line stretched down a long hallway, around the corner to the right and another long hallway, around the corner to the left and another hallway, through a doorway, down a spiral staircase, around another corner and through another doorway. They packed John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. They went crazy when Michigan Tech beat Bowling Green in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association championship game.
FARGO — North Dakota's first-round matchup in the NCAA men's hockey tournament won't be an easy one. UND will take on Boston University at 2 p.m. Friday in Fargo's Scheels Arena. Boston University features four NHL first-round draft picks in Clayton Keller, Kieffer Bellows, Dante Fabbro and Charlie McAvoy and four second-round picks in Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Jordan Greenway, Chad Krys and John MacLeod. Terrier goalie Jake Oettinger (.927 save percentage) also is expected to be a high draft pick in June.
UND's first-round matchup in the NCAA men's hockey tournament won't be an easy one. UND will take on Boston University at 2 p.m. Friday in Fargo's Scheels Arena. Boston University features four NHL first-round draft picks in Clayton Keller, Kieffer Bellows, Dante Fabbro and Charlie McAvoy and four second-round picks in Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, Jordan Greenway, Chad Krys and John MacLeod. Terrier goalie Jake Oettinger (.927 save percentage) also is expected to be a high draft pick in June.
MINNEAPOLIS — No need to scoreboard watch the rest of the weekend. No need to crunch those Pairwise formulas. UND not only marched to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff championship game by knocking off No. 1 Denver 1-0 on Friday night, it also solidified a spot in the NCAA tournament for a 15th consecutive season. Austin Poganski scored the game's only goal 2 minutes, 30 seconds into the third period and the defense and goalie Cam Johnson (21 saves) did the rest.
MINNEAPOLIS — In 38 games this season, the University of Denver has allowed more than three goals one time. It won that game. The No. 1-ranked Pioneers enter today's National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff semifinal showdown against rival North Dakota (7:38 p.m., Target Center) with a host of impressive numbers. The Pioneers have won their last 13 games. Their last loss was Jan. 20 against St. Cloud State — and that one took overtime. They've only played a single one-goal game in the last month.
MINNEAPOLIS — The National Collegiate Hockey Conference kicked off its postseason hockey tournament, the Frozen Faceoff, in 2014. There were some issues that first year — the boards, the glass, the ice and the locker rooms. The league has worked to fix all of those issues. But for the North Dakota men's hockey team, there has been a much bigger issue: winning. While UND has reached the Frozen Faceoff in all four years of its existence, it is 0-3 in semifinal games and 1-4-1 overall.
Players on the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team have informed USA Hockey that they will boycott the IIHF Women's World Championship later this month if adequate progress is not made in their negotiations for better wages and support. The players all tweeted their intentions simultaneously Wednesday morning. The players say they've been attempting to negotiate a contract with USA Hockey for more than a year with no significant progress.
GRAND FORKS—Dean Blais stepped down as head coach at Nebraska Omaha on Tuesday, ending an eight-year run with the school. He didn't term it a "retirement." Just a resignation. Blais said he's probably not done with the sport yet. He may coach his grandchildren. But if this is, indeed, the end of his 31-year association with college hockey, it will be the sport's loss.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota men's hockey team can secure a spot in the NCAA tournament for a 15th consecutive season with a single win at the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff this weekend. According to simulations run by Jim Dahl of College Hockey Ranked and Adam Wodon of College Hockey News, there are no possible scenarios that will leave UND on the outside of the tournament if it wins at least once in the Target Center.