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 — University of North Dakota coach Brad Berry was comfortable with double-shifting Tucker Poolman and Gage Ausmus during Saturday night's 5-4 win over Bemidji State. And there's good reason for it. This season, Berry and his staff have been closely monitoring players' heart rates during practices and off-ice workouts to know exactly what they can handle and how fast their bodies can recover from exerting energy. Each player wears a monitor, placed over their heart. It's held on by an elastic band that wraps around the upper torso of their bodies.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Zane McIntyre made his NHL debut Tuesday night against his home-state team. Troy Stecher made his NHL debut Tuesday night as a member of his hometown team. It was a memorable evening for two of the UND hockey program's standouts played their first NHL games, making it four NHL debuts in the last 13 days for former UND players. McIntyre, who starred at Thief River Falls High School and at UND, made a relief appearance in goal for the Boston Bruins, who were at home against the Minnesota Wild.
GRAND FORKS — No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups in college hockey have been rare in the last decade. But there's one ahead this weekend. When the University of North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth meet this weekend in AmsOil Arena on the banks of Lake Superior, it will mark the first two-game series between the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked teams in college hockey in the last nine seasons. The last one occurred in February 2008, when No. 1 Miami hosted No. 2 Michigan for a series in Oxford, Ohio.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota captain Gage Ausmus had a request for coach Brad Berry this week. As Berry split his seven defensemen into groups of three and four for practice, Ausmus asked to be in the group with three. "He wanted to get his heart rate up," Berry said. The East Grand Forks Senior High defensemen — Ausmus and Tucker Poolman — won't have that problem this season.
GRAND FORKS — Christian Wolanin has a theory why North Dakota is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2009. "It's because we haven't played Bemidji to start the year," he said. He might be onto something. Bemidji State, which started its Division-I era going 0-19-1 against its U.S. Highway 2 rival, has suddenly become one of UND's biggest annual pests. It has now been five seasons since UND has swept Bemidji State. It has been six years since UND has done it in the regular season.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—For Cam Johnson, it's a portrait and a logo. For Matej Tomek, it's a flag. For Matt Hrynkiw, it's a quote. For Ryan Anderson, it's a ribbon. Each of UND's goalies have symbols with deep meaning painted on their masks for the 2016-17 season. The school allows each goalie to get a new paint job every two years, and they often spend many hours trying to develop designs and graphics for their helmets.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota men's hockey team is the defending national champion and ranked No. 1 in the nation. The football team is undefeated in the Big Sky Conference and in position to make its first Division I playoff appearance. The volleyball team is in first place in the Big Sky and hasn't lost in nearly a month. The women's hockey team is ranked No. 9 nationally with three Olympians on the roster. And the men's and women's swimming and diving teams are a combined 8-0.
GRAND FORKS — Joel Janatuinen and Cole Smith took turns doing their best Drake Caggiula impressions. The offense pumped in five more goals—three on Janatuinen's first-career hat trick. But perhaps the most encouraging sign during the University of North Dakota's 5-2 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, Oct. 15, was the fact that this young squad—and its youthful defensive corps—has made generating offense very difficult for opponents early this season.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Chase Perry skated off the ice Friday night to a hometown welcome. His father, sister, uncle, great uncle, grandmother and cousin were all there to greet the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute goaltender after practice at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The grand welcome was appropriate, because Perry is, indeed, back at home. The RPI netminder was born and raised in Grand Forks. He played for the Grand Forks Supras until moving to the Twin Cities as a fourth-grader.
GRAND FORKS — The first test for the University of North Dakota's new-looking defensive corps came last weekend against Canisius. Goalie Cam Johnson said they passed. UND allowed just 28 shots on goal in two games against the Golden Griffins — an average of 14 per game — in earning a home sweep. On Saturday night, UND allowed just 11 shots on goal, the lowest in a single game since 2008. Johnson stopped 10 of them. For the weekend, the Fighting Hawks outscored Canisius 10-1.