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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DULUTH, Minn. — Halloween costumes popped up around AmsOil Arena on Saturday night, but none were as spooky as what transpired on the ice. For the first time since January of 1995, the Minnesota Duluth men's hockey team swept North Dakota. For the first time since November 1992, it happened in Duluth.
DULUTH, Minn.—There was no music blaring, no hollering. UND's locker room was so silent that the water dripping out of the showers could be heard down the AmsOil Arena hallway Friday night. The players eventually walked out of the locker room stone-faced after experiencing a feeling they haven't felt in a long time. For the first time in 224 days—a span of seven months and 11 games going back to last season—the University of North Dakota men's hockey team lost.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—When Jim Scanlan coached high school hockey at East Grand Forks Senior High, he knew his team's road to the Minnesota state tournament would always have to go through Emily Bergland and Thief River Falls. Now, he doesn't have to worry about that anymore. Scanlan, the head coach at Bemidji State, has Bergland on his side and it is paying off big for the Beavers women's hockey team early this season.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota crashed the opening of AmsOil Arena. Back in December 2010, a sold-out crowd was left with nothing to cheer for during the building's first game as UND shutout Minnesota Duluth 5-0. Thirty-eight minutes after that game, an arena worker remarked that nobody even got to hear the new goal horn sounded. So they tracked down the person responsible for sounding it and convinced him to blast it once so those still left could hear it. Since that night, not a lot has changed.
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.