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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ANCHORAGE, Alaska—One thing went through Brad Berry's mind when Alaska Anchorage tied the game 2-2 late Saturday in the third period. "Groundhog's Day," the UND coach said. Another night, another lopsided shot total with not much to show for it, another squandered third-period lead and another overtime on the way. But just like the 1993 movie referenced by Berry, in which Bill Murray repeats the same day until he gets it right, UND also found the right conclusion to its trip to Alaska.
ST. PAUL—Josh Fenton stood up against a wall in a basement hallway of Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday afternoon looking at a portion of the venue that's always out-of-sight to its visitors. The National Collegiate Hockey Conference commissioner noticed the paint on the walls looked like it had just been applied this summer. There's no chipping, no wear-and-tear. He noticed the cleanliness and the lack of clutter. "Can you believe this place is 17 years old?" Fenton asked.
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference will change the home of its postseason tournament from the Target Center to the Xcel Energy Center beginning this season, multiple sources have confirmed to the Herald. The NCHC Frozen Faceoff, which has been hosted at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis since the league’s inception in 2013-14, will travel to downtown St. Paul and the home of the Minnesota Wild for the future.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota's biggest hockey rival, Minnesota, is coming back to town for the first time in six seasons—and fans without season tickets will have to pay record prices if they want to see the series. UND recently released its single-game ticket prices, revealing that it will cost $99 to get a single ticket to either game against the Gophers—the highest single-game ticket price ever for a home hockey game. It will be the same price for an adult or a youth ticket.
DULUTH — Mark Sertich had a unique 96th birthday celebration. He played a hockey game with Mark Sertich, Mark Sertich and Mark Sertich. Four generations of Mark Sertichs skated together in a game for the first time last week at Heritage Sports Center in Duluth. The eldest Sertich, who lives in Duluth, turned 96 last month. His son, who lives in Grand Forks, is 70. His grandson, who also lives in Grand Forks, is 40. And his great-grandson, who lives in Grand Forks, is 13.
GRAND FORKS — By the time that University of North Dakota men's hockey tickets sold out in a mere seconds for the game against rival Minnesota in Las Vegas, officials already started brainstorming. The outdoor game at Omaha's T.D. Ameritrade Park in 2013 was a hit. The showdown against national power Boston College in New York City's Madison Square Garden in December was a home run. And the interest level for the Vegas game far exceeded initial expectations.
GRAND FORKS — An uncharacteristically quiet NHL Draft day for the University of North Dakota ended Saturday afternoon with only one name being called. Incoming rookie forward Grant Mismash was selected by the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators in the second round, No. 61 overall, in Chicago's United Center. Mismash, who made the trip for the event, donned a Predators jersey after the selection and did interviews with the gathered media.
GRAND FORKS — In the offices of Midco Sports Network this week, vice president Mark Powell and others reminisced about its first venture into broadcasting live sports 10 years ago. Midco broadcasted a University of South Dakota football—the only live event it attempted in 2007. The next year, Midco televised three college football games. "So, we really bumped it up the second year," Powell said with a laugh.
CHICAGO — The NHL Draft begins with the first round at 6 p.m. Friday, June 23, in Chicago's United Center. The second through seventh rounds will begin 9 a.m. Saturday, June 24. While the focus will be on the expected top two picks—Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier—there's plenty of topics to know for University of North Dakota and college hockey fans following the draft. Here are 10 items to know: Who is eligible?
GRAND FORKS—Grant Mismash will be in the United Center in Chicago on Friday night, waiting to see if he extends the University of North Dakota's run of first-round NHL draft picks to four years in a row. Some draft projections have UND's top prospect sneaking into the late first round. Most have him going in the second round. "Obviously, it's going to be an exciting time," Mismash said. "It will be a little more nerve-racking when I get all in there and seated and it starts to go, but it should be fun, though."