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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GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota goalie Cam Johnson skated to the bench with about two minutes left, hoping his teammates would come through and tie the game. They did. Defenseman Hayden Shaw rifled a point shot that grazed a Denver defenseman and flew by goalie Tanner Jaillet with 1 minute, 32 seconds left to help the Fighting Hawks grab a 3-3 tie with Denver. The Pioneers got an extra point in National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings by winning the three-on-three portion of play on a goal by Troy Terry.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota men's hockey team returned home from Duluth at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan 21. A few hours later, the coaching staff was back in the office, going through video of the team's two losses at the University of Minnesota Duluth and putting together a fairly predictable practice agenda for the week. Monday: special teams. Tuesday: special teams. Wednesday: special teams. Thursday: special teams.
GRAND FORKS — Tyson Jost's early signing with the Colorado Avalanche last spring left the University of North Dakota a bit thinner than expected at center this season. The injury to junior Rhett Gardner, who assumed the top-line center role, compounded that issue in a pair of losses last weekend at Minnesota Duluth.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota's chances at bringing home the Penrose Cup for the third time in four years diminished significantly over the weekend in a pair of losses at Minnesota Duluth. The more realistic aim is now securing a top-four finish in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings and a getting home ice for the first round of the league playoffs for a 16th consecutive season. That won't be easy, either.
DULUTH — It was a new night. UND shifted the lineup for the 26th time in 26 games and broke out the new black jerseys, hoping things would change. But none of it worked. It was the same old story. UND was still unable to kill penalties and it still was unable to beat Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs scored three times on the power play—six times on the weekend—as they finished off a two-game sweep with a 5-2 win Saturday nigh, Jan. 20, in Amsoil Arena.
DULUTH, Minn.—On Nov. 12, the University of North Dakota men's hockey team had one of the best penalty kills in the country. It had killed off 46 of 48 opponent chances—the second-best rate in the nation. But since mid-November, that unit has been one of the worst in the country. It entered the weekend ranked 54th of 60 teams in penalty kill since Nov. 12, and it didn't get any better against the Bulldogs on Friday night, Jan. 19.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota goalie Cam Johnson had a good feeling before every game against Minnesota Duluth last season. Although his Fighting Hawks team got swept in the first month of the season at AmsOil Arena, he always thought it was going to turn around. "We felt every game ... they can't beat us three games in a row; they can't beat us four games in a row; there's no way they beat us five games in a row," Johnson said. "And they just kept beating us. They were a pesky team last year. We couldn't figure them out."
GRAND FORKS — Defenseman Gabe Bast came to the University of North Dakota with the reputation of having a heavy shot from the point and the ability to add offense. After missing the first two weeks of the season recovering from shoulder surgery, and taking a few more to adjust to college hockey, the rookie blue liner is starting to do just that. Bast will take a three-game point streak to this weekend's two-game series against Minnesota Duluth (8:08 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, and 7:07 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20).
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota men's hockey team ended the nonconference portion of its schedule Saturday, Jan. 13, with a game that perfectly summed up its nonconference season. It wasn't exactly what UND wanted. But it was good enough and the Fighting Hawks will take it. UND tied Bemidji State 2-2 in front of 11,868 fans in Ralph Engelstad Arena to put its nonconference record at 6-2-4. UND had one sweep (St. Lawrence), three wins and ties (Alaska Anchorage, Wisconsin, Bemidji State), one split (Minnesota) and one loss and tie (Union).
UND has hired Bill Chaves from Eastern Washington as the school's next athletic director. A press conference is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday to introduce Chaves.