Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman 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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It's a good thing college hockey fans won't be in the room this week in Naples, Fla., when coaches and administrators discuss what's expected to be the hottest topic at the annual convention. They would probably cringe at some of the things that will be said when the debate turns to overtimes. Right now, there are three different ways that overtime is handled across the six conferences in college hockey.
WINNIPEG -- Mark Poolman had knee surgery on Friday morning. He drove up to Winnipeg on Friday afternoon. And he was in the raucous Bell MTS Place on Friday night, watching his son, Tucker, help the Winnipeg Jets romp the Minnesota Wild 5-0 and win the city’s first NHL playoff series in 31 years.
WINNIPEG—Matt Cullen skated off the ice Friday night at Bell MTS Place. He tapped his stick on the ice three times as teammate Marcus Foligno patted him on the shoulder. It wasn't lost on Minnesota Wild players that their 5-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets—a team that didn't exist when Cullen first stepped foot into the NHL 20 years ago—could be the final game of the Moorhead product's remarkable NHL career.
FARGO—The joyous screaming, singing and chanting from the Fargo Force locker room could be heard all the way down the hall. They had reason to be so happy. The Force had just won their first United States Hockey League playoff series in five years, finishing a sweep of Tri City in Scheels Arena on Wednesday night. It was the latest achievement for a team that wasn't supposed to be this good this season. The Force lost their top 13 scorers from last season's team, 94.7 percent of their goals and their starting goaltender.
Zach Parise’s season started on the injured list. And his season may end there, too. The Minnesota Wild announced Tuesday afternoon that the former UND star suffered a fractured sternum in Game 3 of Minnesota’s playoff series with the Winnipeg Jets and is out indefinitely. He is officially listed as “week to week.” But there is little chance he’s able to return unless the Wild make a deep playoff run.
Don Adam was in Chicago at the Big Ten headquarters on Jan. 26, when he heard that National Collegiate Hockey Conference referee Dan Dreger got hit with a puck in the face while officiating a game in Omaha. Adam, the NCHC's supervisor of officials, arranged for Sterling Egan to travel from the Twin Cities to Omaha in time for Game 2 of the series. He also checked in on Dreger. Perhaps nobody could better empathize with Dreger than Adam, who was hit in the face by a puck while officiating an American Hockey League game in Albany, N.Y., in 1993.
Referee Dan Dreger was on his hands and knees, blood streaming from his face and into a small puddle on the ice. His palate, the roof of his mouth, was cracked in half lengthwise—from his upper teeth all the way to the back of his throat. When he closed his mouth, his upper and lower teeth didn't line up anymore. Facial bones on both sides of his nose were fractured. The area between his upper lip and his left nostril was cut open, in need of three dozen stitches.
Former Grand Forks Central and UND standout defenseman Paul LaDue became the first Grand Forks native to score an NHL playoff goal since 1944 on Friday night (see video below). LaDue, who plays for the Los Angeles Kings, scored on a point shot with 4:45 left in the second period to even their game with the Vegas Golden Knights. LaDue's Kings lost 2-1 in double overtime.
WINNIPEG—The Winnipeg Whiteout crowd roared past 110 decibels when a close-up of Dustin Byfuglien popped on the screen at center ice. The Roseau, Minn., product had just crunched Wild forward Mikael Granlund along the bench and destroyed Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu behind the net with a shoulder-to-shoulder check in a span of nine seconds. Byfuglien glanced up at the scoreboard to see what the fans were roaring about, then immediately looked away. No smile. No reaction. "Just another day at the office," he deadpanned.
WINNIPEG—Bell MTS Place was full with fans decked out in white jerseys, shirts, pants, hair and beards. Two women even wore their wedding dresses to get in the spirit of the Winnipeg Whiteout, a famed playoff tradition in the city that dates back to the 1980s. They started partying on the street adjacent to Bell MTS Place in the afternoon, packed the arena by the time the teams came out for warmups and chanted "go Jets go" throughout the game. At long last, they didn't have to stop celebrating when the final horn sounded.