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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Each Friday night, Jon Roberts stands in Victory Lane at River Cities Speedway, interviewing the winner in each class. He's getting used to seeing some familiar faces. Midwest Modified driver Lance Schill and street-car driver Ryan Johnson both continued their tears through The Bullring on Friday night by winning features in their classes once again. For Schill, of Langdon, N.D., it was his fourth consecutive feature win at River Cities Speedway and his seventh consecutive feature win overall. The other three have come in Devils Lake, where he will race tonight.
Lance Schill knows how things seem to go in auto racing. "When things are good, they're really good," he said. "When things are bad, they're really bad." For the Langdon, N.D., driver, things have been good lately. Schill has won six consecutive Midwest Modified feature races—three at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks and three in Devils Lake. It is the longest streak of feature wins he's ever had in his racing career, eclipsing his previous personal best of five straight wins.
Matt Smaby started becoming interested in coaching hockey the last few years, but he wanted to learn more. “I asked myself, ‘Who are my favorite coaches I’ve ever played for or who are guys I respect?’ Bubs is at the top of the list,” Smaby said of UND head coach Brad Berry. “I used my time in Grand Forks the past couple of summers to pick his brain and see if he would be willing to show me some things as my playing career was going on.”
UND'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. The single-game ticket is more expensive than UND football season tickets ($80-$95).
The Manitoba Moose and the Iowa Wild, the top minor-league affiliates for the Winnipeg Jets and the Minnesota Wild, will play exhibition games in Grand Forks and Fargo this fall. The Moose and Wild will play in Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks on Friday, Sept. 29, and they will play in Fargo's Scheels Arena on Saturday, Sept. 30. Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster on Aug. 18 at 10 a.m.
Dan McKinnon drove from Warroad, Minn., to Grand Forks with Cal Marvin in the mid-1940s with the goal of convincing UND athletic director Glenn ‘Red’ Jarrett to add men’s hockey as a sport. Jarrett told them: “If you can get me a team, I’ll get you a schedule.” And so was the beginning of the UND men’s hockey program.
Danny Freund's first job out of college was a good one. He had a desk at JHT Holdings, Inc., where he worked as a financial analyst for a successful transportation company in his hometown of Kenosha, Wis. Freund sifted through spreadsheets daily to find ways to save the company money. He knew that he could make a career out of the job. There was one problem with it, though. "I just couldn't sit still at a computer every day," he said. "That's just the way I am. Every day at 5 o'clock, I was running out of there."
Matt Hrynkiw began working as a mechanical engineer and technician at Fusion Automation in Grand Forks one week after his college graduation this spring. While that job has kept the former UND goalie busy this summer, he was rather excited Friday afternoon to add another gig to his plate. Hrynkiw was officially named the volunteer goalie coach, replacing the revered Karl Goehring, who took a job with the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.
UND has once again sold out its allotment of season tickets for the men's hockey program, extending a streak that began before the 11,634-seat Ralph Engelstad Arena was built in 2001. Ralph Engelstad Arena sent out notices to those on the season ticket waiting list this week to inform them that season ticket spots had been filled. "We had a high renewal rate again this year and, at this point in our new season-ticket holder process, we have reached our limit of season tickets," the email said.
Bailee Enlow was 6 years old when she first tagged along with her older brother, Tanner, to a BMX competition. She was hooked. For the next 13 years, Enlow has biked all over the country, earning a college scholarship at Marian University in Indianapolis because of her skill. This weekend in Rock Hill, S.C., she achieved a career highlight in the sport.