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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MINNEAPOLIS—Senior Kiley Borowicz didn't watch the final few seconds tick off the clock Saturday afternoon. She stood on the bench, pulling a younger sister in close each arm and tears streaming down her face. "I was just thinking about how we're done playing together," Kiley said. "Our journey ever since third grade is over." That journey had a perfect ending. The Roseau girls basketball team finished off a 32-0 season with a 75-64 win over Sauk Centre in the Minnesota Class AA state high school championship game in Williams Arena.
It's OK to stop crunching all of those Pairwise Ranking scenarios now. UND is going to make the NCAA tournament again—and it will play for a conference championship in the meantime. UND upset No. 1 Denver 1-0 in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff in the Target Center on Friday. The win sets up a showdown with Minnesota Duluth at 7:38 tonight for the NCHC title. Austin Poganski scored the lone goal 2 minutes, 30 seconds into the third period, burying a long rebound off of the end wall.
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference kicked off its postseason hockey tournament, the Frozen Faceoff, in 2014. There were some issues that first year—the boards, the glass, the ice and the locker rooms. The league has worked to fix all of those issues. But for the UND men's hockey team, there has been a much bigger issue: winning. While UND has reached the Frozen Faceoff in all four years of its existence, it is 0-3 in semifinal games and 1-4-1 overall.
MINNEAPOLIS—In 38 games this season, the University of Denver has allowed more than three goals one time. It won that game. The No. 1-ranked Pioneers enter today's National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff semifinal showdown against rival North Dakota (7:38 p.m., Target Center) with a host of impressive numbers. The Pioneers have won their last 13 games. Their last loss was Jan. 20 against St. Cloud State—and that one took overtime. They've only played a single one-goal game in the last month.
Tucker Poolman has racked up the points offensively this season. He became UND's first 30-point defenseman since Chay Genoway in 2010-11 two weeks ago when he tallied four points in a game at Miami. But his defensive abilities have not been overlooked. Poolman, the East Grand Forks Senior High graduate, was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's defensive defenseman of the year on Thursday at the Muse Events Center in downtown Minneapolis. Poolman, who also earned first-team all-NCHC honors, was recognized at the league's annual awards banquet.
Players on the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team informed USA Hockey on Wednesday that they will boycott the IIHF Women's World Championship later this month if adequate progress is not made in their negotiations for better wages and support. The players say they've been attempting to negotiate a contract with USA Hockey for more than a year with no significant progress.
Dean Blais stepped down as head coach at Nebraska Omaha on Tuesday, ending an eight-year run with the school. He didn't term it a "retirement." Just a resignation. Blais said he's probably not done with the sport yet. He may coach his grandchildren. But if this is, indeed, the end of his 31-year association with college hockey, it will be the sport's loss.
Dean Blais, who led UND to national championships in 1997 and 2000, has stepped down as head men's hockey coach at Nebraska Omaha. More to come.
North Dakota and Denver will meet in the playoffs once again. After playing to a monotonous tie in last year's National Collegiate Hockey Conference third-place game and a down-to-the-wire thriller in the NCAA Frozen Four, the two teams are set to meet again Friday in the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. This matchup will be in the semifinals of the NCHC Frozen Faceoff. The game time is expected to be announced this morning. The two semifinals are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
UND fans sat in Ralph Engelstad Arena, watched overtime and celebrated their team's victory as the goal horn blared. Then, they got to do it again. After watching the men's basketball team punch their ticket to The Big Dance on the big screen at center ice during the third intermission, the UND men's hockey team followed suit. with a key overtime victory over St. Cloud State to win its first-round series in Ralph Engelstad Arena.