Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th 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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ST. CLOUD, Minn.—UND emphasized the importance of not allowing St. Cloud State very many power-play opportunities. It emphasized not falling behind in a rink that the Huskies haven't lost in all season. So, the fact that UND was able to gain a 2-2 tie on Friday night after allowing the Huskies six power plays in the first half of the game and falling behind on the scoreboard twice left UND feeling satisfied in the National Hockey Center.
GRAND FORKS — Erik Martinson was still in the press box, finishing up his nightly work after a University of North Dakota men's hockey game when media members returned from their postgame interviews. They told Martinson, the head statistician, that the opposing coach questioned whether the shots on goal were accurate that night. Specifically, then-Michigan Tech coach Jamie Russell quipped that the stat crew was doing lines of crack during the game. While most in the press box laughed at the quote, Martinson wasn't as amused.
GRAND FORKS — Cam Johnson was back in the net Friday night, Dec. 1. Austin Poganski was scoring goals. Christian Wolanin was serving up scoring chances for his teammates. This is how this season was supposed to go. After the University of North Dakota's men's hockey team found ways to win without its starting goalie and big offensive production from its top returning scorers, the box score looked more routine during a 4-3 win over Western Michigan on Friday night in front of 11,156 in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
GRAND FORKS — Offense was supposed to be Western Michigan's problem this season. The Broncos lost three of the top 13 goal-scorers in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in would-be junior Matheson Iacopelli, who signed with the Chicago Blackhawks, senior Sheldon Dries and would-be junior Griffen Molino, who signed with the Vancouver Canucks.
GRAND FORKS — After the second period, Shane Gersich put his stick in the garbage just outside the locker room. Why? "I wanted a garbage goal," Gersich said. Believe it or not, it worked. Gersich scored a rebound goal with 3:18 to go in regulation to even the game and help the University of North Dakota gain a 2-2 tie with Union on Saturday, Nov. 25, in front of 11,289 in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The late goal helped UND avoid the program's first three-game losing streak since November 2013 and salvage something out of Thanksgiving weekend.
GRAND FORKS — Perhaps University of North Dakota coach Brad Berry will have to start scheduling only road games on Thanksgiving weekend. Once again, the Fighting Hawks suffered a turkey hangover, losing to Union 4-1 Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena on the day after the national holiday. UND hasn't won at home the day after Thanksgiving since 2011, dropping to 0-3-1 in that span. The losses have been of the ugly variety. In 2013, UND lost to an unranked St. Lawrence team 5-2, prompting an hour-long players meeting in the locker room.
DENVER—Cole Smith sat in the penalty box, waiting to hear whether his penalty would be a two-minute minor or a five-minute major. After a long discussion between the officials, it was ruled a five-minute major and a game misconduct and Smith was sent to the locker room. His teammates kept that seat warm the rest of the night, though. In a game where penalty minutes were 27-2 UND, power plays were 8-1 Denver, the Pioneers' prolific top line used the extra time and space to light up the scoreboard and beat the Fighting Hawks 4-1 on Saturday night in Magness Arena.
DENVER—Brad Berry now has his own timeout game. Trailing 3-0 in a game that the University of North Dakota was being outshot 21-2, the Fighting Hawks pulled off an improbable rally after the head coach called a second-period timeout to stun No. 1 Denver 5-4 on the road Friday night in Magness Arena. Johnny Simonson deflected a Hayden Shaw point shot with 2:31 to go for the winning goal as the green and white that filled the stands erupted, cheered and chanted as their team upset the defending national champion Pioneers.
GRAND FORKS — It won't be No. 1 vs. No. 2. But for the fourth season in a row, the University of North Dakota is set to play in a showdown between two teams ranked in the top three nationally. The Fighting Hawks checked in at No. 3 in this week's USCHO national poll, and will travel to Denver to take on the top-ranked Pioneers in a two-game series at 8:05 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19, in Magness Arena. Last season, Minnesota Duluth swept UND in a 1-2 matchup in Duluth's AmsOil Arena.
GRAND FORKS—Since the beginning of last season, half of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference has spent time at No. 1 in the national rankings. That officially became the case when 7-0 St. Cloud State reached the top of the USCHO poll Monday morning. Denver, Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota also have been No. 1 during that span—but virtually nobody else.