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 — If the college hockey season ended today, North Dakota would be in the national tournament for the 15th straight season, extending the second-longest streak in college hockey history. That's despite the fact that UND has the 25th-best winning percentage in the country and that it has a below-.500 record in National Collegiate Hockey Conference play. UND, ranked No. 10 in the Pairwise Rankings, is enjoying large boon because of its difficult nonconference schedule, the success of the NCHC and some timely wins.
GRAND FORKS — The stress was building for the University of North Dakota men's hockey team. It was in an unfamiliar spot with one win in the last five games, two wins in the last 11 home games. It was slip-sliding into the danger zone of finishing in the bottom half of the league standings and missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in 15 years. But Mike Gornall came to the rescue Saturday night.
GRAND FORKS — Somebody may want to inspect the North Dakota men's hockey locker room for a broken mirror. Maybe there's a black cat scurrying around the rink. For the second time in the last week, the Fighting Hawks couldn't catch a break and lost a winnable National Collegiate Hockey Conference game. St. Cloud State scored a goal on a shot from below the end line and another one off of a player's forehead in beating UND 3-1 in front of 11,682 in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
GRAND FORKS — The 11,634 seats in Ralph Engelstad Arena are empty Monday mornings. Underneath the soft humming of the lights, there are a few sounds that echo throughout the building: the crack of a hockey stick hitting the ice, the thud of a puck hitting the glass, the ping of the goal post. It's Shane Gersich. Two days a week, before he goes to class, the North Dakota sophomore forward stops at Ralph Engelstad Arena, throws on sweatpants, a practice jersey and his helmet and works on little parts of his game with an assistant coach for a half hour.
GRAND FORKS — Bob Motzko heard about a potential prospect in North Dakota from his assistant coaches. They wanted him to take a closer look. So, the head men's hockey coach at St. Cloud State got in his car and drove up to Grand Forks to catch a high school game. "First time I had ever done that," he said. Motzko's eyes were on No. 17, Jacob Benson. And he liked what he saw.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Shot attempts were 91-37 UND. But 45 of them were stopped by Colorado College goalie Alex Leclerc, 23 were shot wide, 19 were blocked, four hit the post and not a single one of them ended up in the back of the net as UND only had a 3-0 loss to last-place Colorado College to show for a dominant effort in World Arena. All of the good fortune on this evening belonged to the Tigers, who never beat UND goalie Matt Hrynkiw themselves.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Cam Johnson had to pull up a seat in the World Arena stands and watch Friday night. Although he practiced a day earlier, he was too banged up and missed the game that would have set a program record for most consecutive starts. But he got to watch his backup come to the rescue. Matej Tomek was pulled after giving up two goals in the first period, Matt Hrynkiw came in and shut the door the rest of the way as UND rallied for a 5-2 win over Colorado College
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of North Dakota will be shorthanded in Colorado Springs this weekend. Standout forward Tyson Jost has been ruled out with a lower-body injury that he sustained last weekend against Minnesota Duluth. Jost did not play during the third period Friday night and was not dressed Saturday. He watched Saturday's game from the top row of the upper bowl with a boot on his foot. UND had been particularly strong with Jost and Brock Boeser, UND's two NHL first-round draft picks, playing on separate lines.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota addressed its need for a right-handed defenseman Monday by landing a commitment from Josh Rieger, who plays in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Rieger, a 20-year-old blue liner for the Estevan Bruins, will come to campus next season. Only two of the eight defensemen on UND's roster are right-handed shots. There's a strong possibility that one of them, junior Tucker Poolman, will turn pro after this season.
GRAND FORKS — A hockey fan stopped to say hello and chat a couple of weeks ago at a coffee house in town. We talked about the team for a bit. Just before I was about to leave, he asked for a favor. "Can you tell the players something for me?" he asked. "What's that?" I asked. "Can you tell them to make sure to have fun out there?" he said. "Sometimes, it seems like they aren't having fun and that they are stressed. Last year's team had so much fun." It's an interesting thought.