Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th 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 — For just the second time in a decade, the University of North Dakota will not have a player at the World Junior Championship—and that came as a surprise to head coach Brad Berry. Berry thought that freshman forward Grant Mismash, who is tied for the team lead in scoring with 14 points in 17 games, would make the U.S. roster after a strong start to the season. But Mismash was not one of the 28 players announced on the preliminary squad by USA Hockey on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 5.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota hockey coach Brad Berry decided to put his fourth line on the ice to start the third period. Why? "We needed a little jump and a little spark," Berry said. "You saw what happened." Cole Smith tied a 65-year-old school record by scoring seven seconds into the third period, sparking a three-goal final period and giving UND a 4-1 win Saturday night, Dec. 2, over Western Michigan in front of 11,742 in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
GRAND FORKS — Cam Johnson was back in the net Friday night, Dec. 1. Austin Poganski was scoring goals. Christian Wolanin was serving up scoring chances for his teammates. This is how this season was supposed to go. After the University of North Dakota's men's hockey team found ways to win without its starting goalie and big offensive production from its top returning scorers, the box score looked more routine during a 4-3 win over Western Michigan on Friday night in front of 11,156 in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
GRAND FORKS — Offense was supposed to be Western Michigan's problem this season. The Broncos lost three of the top 13 goal-scorers in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in would-be junior Matheson Iacopelli, who signed with the Chicago Blackhawks, senior Sheldon Dries and would-be junior Griffen Molino, who signed with the Vancouver Canucks.
GRAND FORKS — In elementary school, Colton Poolman's class had a reading contest. The reward was simple—a candy bar or a soda—but Poolman went all in. He read as much as he could. The habit stuck. Poolman dove into book series, like Harry Potter, as he got older. When he was bored playing junior hockey, he either read books at his apartment or tried to teach himself how to play guitar.
GRAND FORKS — Cam Johnson will be back in the net for the University of North Dakota again this weekend. UND coach Brad Berry said his starting goaltender will play against Western Michigan when the teams line up for a two-game series beginning at 7:37 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Johnson has missed the last eight games with a lower-body injury sustained during a morning skate in Madison, Wis. The injury occurred during the last rep of the last drill in morning skate on Nov. 3.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota men's hockey team ventures out East in recruiting so infrequently that the first discussions with Long Island native Shane Pinto seemed innocuous. But the UND coaching staff closely monitored the 6-foot-2, 185-pound centerman's game, and Pinto let the staff know that he wasn't set on staying on the East Coast for college. That eventually led to a campus visit this weekend—and by the time Pinto returned home Sunday night, he made a verbal commitment to play college hockey at North Dakota.
GRAND FORKS — Perhaps University of North Dakota coach Brad Berry will have to start scheduling only road games on Thanksgiving weekend. Once again, the Fighting Hawks suffered a turkey hangover, losing to Union 4-1 Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena on the day after the national holiday. UND hasn't won at home the day after Thanksgiving since 2011, dropping to 0-3-1 in that span. The losses have been of the ugly variety. In 2013, UND lost to an unranked St. Lawrence team 5-2, prompting an hour-long players meeting in the locker room.
GRAND FORKS — Union coach Rick Bennett had a conversation with team psychologist Wally Bzdell this week about the impending series at North Dakota. They talked about the 11,634-seat Ralph Engelstad Arena, which will provide an unusual setting for the players. No team in Union's conference, the Eastern College Athletic Conference, has a building that seats more than 5,000. No player on the roster has played a road game in front of more than 5,336, which showed up at Michigan last year.
GRAND FORKS — Zach Parise came on his recruiting visit to the University of North Dakota the day Ralph Engelstad Arena opened in October 2001. He was a highly touted prospect out of the Twin Cities and could name wherever he wanted to play college hockey. Parise chose UND. Brad Berry was an assistant coach at that time and remembers the day distinctly.