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 — Word reached the press box about 20 minutes before faceoff Saturday night. Tucker Poolman, who injured his arm blocking a shot a night earlier, was not going to be able to play against rival Minnesota. This was not good news. Not only is he one of the best defensemen in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, Poolman is the steady hand on the University of North Dakota's youthful back end. He plays roughly 30 minutes per night. That's half the game.
MINNEAPOLIS—UND will have to wait another three years to try to end its Mariucci misery. Despite putting together one of its best performances of the early season, UND only had a 2-0 loss to Minnesota to show for it Saturday night in the latest showdown between the two rivals. Minnesota goalie Eric Schierhorn, who was shaky Friday night in allowing five goals, turned in a brilliant performance Saturday, stopping 33 shots, including a penalty shot by Brock Boeser with 39.1 seconds left.
MINNEAPOLIS—It took 6 minutes, 17 seconds for North Dakota and Minnesota to get in a scuffle Friday night. "It was like, 'we're baaaaack,'" Minnesota coach Don Lucia said. Indeed, the North Dakota-Minnesota rivalry returned after three years Friday night and it was like it had never gone away. In front of a raucous Mariucci Arena crowd, these teams scuffled, showcased their skill and went blow-for-blow until it ended up as a 5-5 tie in front of 9,939 chanting fans—many wearing green.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A name or number is all that's needed to conjure up the memories. From Neal Broten to Robbie Bina to Evan Trupp to Blake Wheeler to Chris Porter to 0.6 seconds to The Timeout, big goals and key plays in the North Dakota-Minnesota rivalry have a way of staying throughout the years. That's even more true in the YouTube era.
GRAND FORKS — Each day, the University of North Dakota hockey players enter Ralph Engelstad Arena in the northeast corner. They swipe their keycard and walk down a winding staircase. If they take a left turn at the bottom, they'll stroll by the photos. There's Matt Watkins and Chris VandeVelde with their arms raised in front of Minnesota goalie Jeff Frazee, celebrating the overtime goal that sent UND to the 2007 NCAA Frozen Four.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota fans were stunned to see the men's hockey team get swept, even if it was by the No. 2-ranked team in the nation on the road. There's good reason for it. It has been a very rare occurrence in recent years. UND has been swept just three times since Nov. 5, 2011—a span of five years. The sweeps occurred in November 2013 against St. Cloud State, February 2016 at Denver and last weekend at Duluth. That's three sweeps in the span of 88 series.
DULUTH, Minn. — Halloween costumes popped up around AmsOil Arena on Saturday night, but none were as spooky as what transpired on the ice. For the first time since January of 1995, the Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team swept North Dakota. For the first time since November 1992, it happened in Duluth.
DULUTH, Minn.—There was no music blaring, no hollering. UND's locker room was so silent that the water dripping out of the showers could be heard down the AmsOil Arena hallway Friday night. The players eventually walked out of the locker room stone-faced after experiencing a feeling they haven't felt in a long time. For the first time in 224 days—a span of seven months and 11 games going back to last season—the University of North Dakota men's hockey team lost.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—When Jim Scanlan coached high school hockey at East Grand Forks Senior High, he knew his team's road to the Minnesota state tournament would always have to go through Emily Bergland and Thief River Falls. Now, he doesn't have to worry about that anymore. Scanlan, the head coach at Bemidji State, has Bergland on his side and it is paying off big for the Beavers women's hockey team early this season.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota crashed the opening of AmsOil Arena. Back in December 2010, a sold-out crowd was left with nothing to cheer for during the building's first game as UND shutout Minnesota Duluth 5-0. Thirty-eight minutes after that game, an arena worker remarked that nobody even got to hear the new goal horn sounded. So they tracked down the person responsible for sounding it and convinced him to blast it once so those still left could hear it. Since that night, not a lot has changed.