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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OXFORD, Ohio — North Dakota retreated to the locker room after Friday night's 3-2 win over Miami University and cranked the speakers. Sophomore defenseman Christian Wolanin was in charge of picking the song. There was really only one option, though. Wolanin blasted Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start the Fire' — an ode to a crazy day in which the team was evacuated from their hotel during the wee hours of Friday morning because of a fire in a dryer on the fourth floor.
OXFORD, Ohio — The winding road from the Cincinnati airport to the campus of Miami University was like a metaphor for this University of North Dakota men's hockey season. The homes lining the highway alternate between beautiful new dwellings with acres of land and aging ramblers with broken-down front porches and beat up cars sitting on patchy lawns. From one mile to the next, you don't know what you're going to see. The same could be said for the No. 16 Fighting Hawks.
GRAND FORKS — The senior tribute late Saturday night was muted. Gage Ausmus and Matt Hrynkiw watched the video on the scoreboard, made a quick circle on the ice, waving to fans, then retreated to the locker room not knowing if it would be the final time they do so in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
GRAND FORKS — The Tyson Jost and Brock Boeser Show arrived at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday night. Jost and Boeser scored back-to-back highlight-reel goals late in the third to break a 4-4 tie and give North Dakota a 6-4 win over Omaha in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference series opener. UND remained No. 14 in the Pairwise immediately after the game with the victory.
GRAND FORKS, N.d.—Omaha's team bus pulled into Ralph Engelstad Arena's parking lot on Thursday afternoon. It drove down the ramp in the loading dock. The garage door opened and the bus pulled into the basement of the venue. Dean Blais hopped out. It's the seventh time he's done this—returned as an opposing coach to the building he once helped design as UND's head coach. It hasn't gotten old yet.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—There were eight of them at the beginning. Adam Tambellini left school after a semester. Wade Murphy transferred to Arizona State after two years. Then, Troy Stecher, Paul LaDue, Luke Johnson and Keaton Thompson all signed NHL contracts last summer after helping UND to the NCAA national championship. So, late Saturday night, the ice may look a little lonely. Gage Ausmus and Matt Hrynkiw, the only two seniors remaining on the team, will be recognized after UND's series against Omaha.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota no longer controls its fate for home ice in the first round of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference play. It will need help from Denver and Colorado College to pass St. Cloud State, which holds a two-point edge on UND for the final spot of home ice with four games to play. Surely, there will be a lot of scoreboard-watching the next two weeks, especially from the NCHC league offices, which could stand to lose money if UND doesn't host a first-round series and draw 22,000-plus for a best-of-three playoff series.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — It would be completely understandable if the North Dakota men's hockey team was getting frustrated or exasperated at this point. UND's 3-2 loss to Western Michigan on Saturday night in Lawson Arena followed an all-too-familiar script. The Fighting Hawks dominated nearly the entire game, outshooting the Broncos 46-19, including a lopsided 34-7 margin during the final two periods, only to come away with another loss.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — North Dakota tied the game in the third period. It had numerous chances to take the lead and get a key win. But just as it has done so many times in this frustrating season, UND found a way to end up on the wrong side of a hockey game that was up for grabs. Western Michigan third-year captain Sheldon Dries broke a 2-2 tie with 6 minutes, 58 seconds to go in the third and Colt Conrad tacked on the empty-netter to give the Broncos a 4-2 win in front of 3,045 in Lawson Ice Arena.
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Hayden Shaw was the first player to step on the ice at practice Thursday afternoon at Lawson Ice Arena. The University of North Dakota sophomore defenseman took two strides, then threw a hard shoulder into the boards. Just had to get a little reminder of what it's like to play a game in Lawson Ice Arena.