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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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.
OXFORD, Ohio—Casey Johnson never played forward at Grand Forks Central. He didn't in Dubuque, Iowa, during his United States Hockey League career, either. But when UND coach Brad Berry needed someone to step in for an injury-ravaged forward crew last month, he asked Johnson to try it out. "Getting back in the lineup was a good thing for me," Johnson said. "I just tried to play my role." That role is now being a utility man. The 6-foot-2, 198-pound Grand Forks native has worked his way into the lineup through his versatility.
GRAND FORKS — Six years ago, then-University of NorthDakota associate coach Peter Elander gave Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson a new drill to try. It was nicknamed, 'Oops, I Did It Again,' after the Britney Spears song that was popular in the early 2000s when Elander started using it with all of his teams back in his native Sweden. The purpose of the drill is to work on the transfer of weight and being able to roll your wrists to have smooth transitions with the puck. How good was Jocelyne at it? "Six years ago, she wasn't good at it," Elander said.
Time was ticking away late in the third period. All signs were pointing toward a third-straight heartbreaking loss at the hands of Canada and Marie-Philip Poulin at the Olympic Games for the U.S. women’s hockey team. The Americans trailed by a Poulin goal -- the same Canadian superstar who scored winners in the 2010 and 2014 Olympic finals. But a pair of twin sisters from Grand Forks wouldn’t let it happen again.
For four years, the date Feb. 22 has been circled on the calendar for a core group of U.S. women's hockey players, including Grand Forks natives Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux and Warroad's Gigi Marvin. That date finally arrived Wednesday night. The U.S. and Canada played for the gold medal in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea. The teams were tied 1-1 in the second period.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—The Olympic Games ended for University of North Dakota sophomore forward Ludvig Hoff early Wednesday morning after two weeks of building memories and experiences. From the Opening Ceremonies to playing in his first Olympic hockey game to helping his native Norway earn its first Olympic win since 1994 when his father was on the team to suiting up in the quarterfinals against former NHL superstar Ilya Kovalchuk, Hoff had an eventful run in Pyeongchang, South Korea. And his week isn't about to slow down.
For the third straight Olympic Games, Grand Forks natives Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux and Warroad's Gigi Marvin will come home with a medal. This time, they hope it will be gold. The Lamoureuxs and Marvin sent the Americans back to the gold-medal game late Sunday night with a 5-0 win over Finland in the semifinals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Marvin scored the game's first goal just 2 minutes, 25 seconds into the opening period—her second of the Olympics.
OMAHA — Cam Johnson sat out the last two games. He played the backup goalie role, waiting for his next chance to get in. Johnson got the call Saturday night, Feb. 17, and delivered his best performance of the season. The senior netminder turned in a 26-save shutout in a 3-0 win over Omaha in Baxter Arena. Johnson shut down an Omaha team that had won seven in a row at home and averaged more than six goals per game during those games. It was the first home loss since Dec. 9 for the Mavericks.
OMAHA, Neb.—Tyler Vesel was at a Skate with the Mavs event a few weeks ago when Omaha men's hockey fans started approaching him. "I couldn't even count how many times people came up and asked me the same questions," said Vesel, a senior forward. "How are you guys scoring so many goals?" Vesel struggled to answer that. But he acknowledged, there's no doubt that the Mavericks have been a far different team at home than on the road this season.
GRAND FORKS — Joanna Pearson stands at the front of the bus as it's getting ready to pull out of the northeast parking lot at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Her father, Al, is sitting in the first seat on the bus right next to her with a Palm Breeze in hand, listening as she reads off the rules to the passengers: Represent UND in a positive light, be respectful and kind, get to know the people sitting near you and clean everything up when you're done. "Relax, laugh, sip, repeat," she says. And then, it's time for the final rule.