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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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.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota men's hockey team was at home Friday night, but coach Brad Berry had a different type of request for his team. He wanted them to play like they were on the road. With students on spring break and the atmosphere of the Ralph Engelstad Arena toned down, maybe it felt more like a road game, too.
GRAND FORKS—Six of the past 11 college hockey national champions failed to make the NCAA tournament the following season. The University of North Dakota has found out this season why that's the case. Whether it has been because of the rash of early NHL signings or the departure of key seniors or battling complacency after winning a title or because everyone wants to give the champs their best shot, inconsistencies have plagued the Fighting Hawks for much of the year.
OXFORD, Ohio—It has been a long and winding road for the University of North Dakota men's hockey team this season. But that road is leading back to Ralph Engelstad Arena—yet again. It took until the final night of the regular season, but UND clinched a top-half finish and home ice for the first round of the league playoffs for a 15th consecutive season with a resounding 5-2 win over Miami University on Saturday night in Goggin Ice Center.