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 — Tyson Jost was asked what he knows about the history of North Dakota and Boston College. The UND freshman paused. He thought for a second. "Honestly, not too much," he said. "I definitely know that there's a rivalry there." Read between the lines. The names Krys Kolanos, Chris Collins and Nathan Gerbe are not curse words to him. Their performances in the 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2007 NCAA Frozen Fours do not ring a bell to him.
NEW YORK — Three years ago, Josh Fenton walked into the offices at Madison Square Garden with an idea. The commissioner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference asked if the arena's officials would have any interest in partnering with the new league in putting together a special college hockey showcase or event. "At the time, I wasn't even sure on the teams or how it would work," he said.
GRAND FORKS, N.d.—Tyson Jost earned the captain's 'C' for Team Canada at the IIHF World Under-18 tournament in April. Then he went and broke Connor McDavid's Canadian scoring record in the tournament. It's safe to say that the University of North Dakota reshman forward caught the attention of Hockey Canada. Perhaps it's no surprise that even though not many college hockey players are selected to play in the World Junior Championship for Team Canada, Jost is one that they will take a hard look at.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The easy target is the goaltender. So, perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that Cam Johnson has become the lightning rod for fans during the team's two-win November. It's easier than spreading out blame across a dozen forwards and a half-dozen defensemen. But in this case, it hasn't been warranted. Cam Johnson has not been this team's issue.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The Kiss Cam zoomed in on a fan texting in the stands during the third period. She looked up, saw the screen and flipped it off. Yeah, most everyone was a bit salty in Ralph Engelstad Arena. No. 5 North Dakota tied a struggling Michigan State program 2-2 on Saturday night, finishing off a winless weekend against the Spartans and extending the team's home winless streak to four games (0-2-2). It is UND's longest home winless streak since December 2006-January 2007 when it went 0-4-1 in a five-game stretch.
GRAND FORKS — Six North Dakota players stood on the ice hunched over with their sticks on their knees. The 11,265 in Ralph Engelstad Arena fell silent after buzzing for the final 10 minutes. A third-period onslaught and comeback attempt had ended and UND skated off the ice grappling with the fact that it lost 4-3 at home to a struggling Michigan State team.
GRAND FORKS — At the end of most University of North Dakota men's hockey practices, the centers gather around the dots. One of their coaches or teammates will repeatedly drop pucks as they work on one of the small areas of the game that the Fighting Hawks have started to use to their advantage in a big way. UND is the best faceoff team in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference by a wide margin and is tracking toward being one of the program's best faceoff teams in the last decade.
GRAND FORKS — Interstate 75 cuts through downtown Detroit. As you head north, you'll go past Comerica Park and Ford Field, home of the Detroit Tigers and Lions. Then, you'll go past Wayne State University, veer through north end neighborhoods, and, after about 25 minutes, end up in the town of Troy, Mich. "Troy is the hood," said University of North Dakota junior goalie Cam Johnson, who was born and raised there. Johnson can only hold a straight face for a few seconds. Then, he laughs and tells the truth.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—Judd Peterson entered the zone all alone. St. Cloud State's leading scorer had slipped far behind North Dakota''s defenders and had enough time to pull off any move he wanted. He faked a shot to get UND goalie Cam Johnson to the ground. Then, he moved the puck to his forehand and skated to the side of the crease. Johnson was out of the play, face down in the middle of the crease. But he stuck his left leg out and prayed. "I didn't know where the puck was," Johnson said. Peterson tried to lift the puck over the pad.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — For the first time in 18 years, North Dakota has swept a series in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. UND beat St. Cloud State 3-0 on Saturday night to complete its first two-game sweep in the building since 1998. Cam Johnson didn't allow a goal all weekend stopping all 62 shots for back-to-back shutouts. Tucker Poolman scored a goal and added an assist, Rhett Gardner had a goal and an assist, Brock Boeser had two assists and Shane Gersich stayed red hot with another goal in UND's win.