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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There's one statistic that shows why the UND women's hockey team is averaging just 1.33 goals per game early in this season. After Saturday's 4-2 loss at home against Minnesota State-Mankato, the Sioux are now 0-for-18 on the power play this season. UND went 0-for-9 on the power play during a season-opening win at Wisconsin and followed that up with an 0-for-3 effort in the finale against the Badgers.
Minnesota coach Don Lucia wasn't in Grand Forks for last season's series against UND. Now he knows what it was like. In a performance that was every bit as dominating as the back-to-back blowout wins a year ago, the UND men's hockey team took apart Minnesota 4-0 in front of a sold-out, white-out Ralph Engelstad Arena crowd. Jason Gregoire, Derrick LaPoint, Chay Genoway and Mario Lamoureux all scored goals for the Sioux, while netminder Brad Eidsness posted a 22-save shutout to extend UND's home unbeaten streak to 15 games (13-0-2). "I thought it was a good, grinding effort," UND co
The grass is green in Grand Forks and baseball is still being played. It may not feel like hockey season, but ready or not, it's here in the biggest way. UND and Minnesota will meet tonight in college hockey's oldest rivalry. The teams have played more than 250 times since 1948. Only once have they met earlier in the season than today. "I think it's great," said Minnesota coach Don Lucia, whose team beat UND 7-5 in the earliest-ever meeting on Oct. 5, 2001 -- the opening of the new Ralph Engelstad Arena.
UND women's hockey coach Brian Idalski said he watched about 60 video clips from last weekend's exhibition game against the U.S. National team. There were plenty of coachable moments for the Sioux coming out of the expected one-sided loss in Warroad, Minn. "We talked a lot about positional play," Idalski said. "Sometimes your technique is awful, but you get away with it because you are bigger, stronger and faster than someone else.
Danny Kristo said if anybody can get under the skin of Minnesota star forward Jordan Schroeder this weekend, it will be him. After all, there aren't many people who know Schroeder as well as Kristo. The pair of standout forwards lived together for two years in the same billet house while they played for the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., and are the best of friends. They stayed in close contact last year while Kristo was in Omaha, Neb., and Schroeder was a freshman at Minnesota.
UND and Minnesota will pack about 12,000 frenzied fans in Ralph Engelstad Arena this weekend for the longest standing college hockey rivalry in the country. Don't expect the rivalry to go anywhere, despite the University of Wisconsin's wishes that the Gophers pull out of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and start up a Big Ten Hockey Conference. Wisconsin admitted publicly this week what has been known in college hockey circles for several months -- that the Badgers have been rocking the boat in the WCHA, examining alternative options to the league. The Badgers would like to start a
The UND men's hockey team came out a little bit flat on Saturday. Turns out, it just needed some adversity. Moments after giving up a game-tying goal in the second period, the Sioux killed off a five-minute major penalty and used the momentum to regain the lead for good and beat Merrimack 3-2 in front of 11,603 fans in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Mike Cichy, who served the checking-from-behind penalty for Mario Lamoureux, scored his first-career goal just 1 minute, 20 seconds after leaving the box to stake the Sioux to a 2-1 lead.
Before the game, UND raised a Western Collegiate Hockey Association championship banner that was won largely thanks to contributions by eight seniors on last season's team. Then, the Sioux took the ice and showed there's still some pretty good talent left. Eleven players had points, all four lines got on the scoresheet and four rookies grabbed their first collegiate points during UND's 5-2 win over Merrimack in front of 11,135 in Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday night. David Toews was the No. 1 star for scoring a goal, setting another one up and drawing two penalties.
Growing up in Warroad, Minn., Gigi Marvin has played countless games in the Gardens. Today's may be the most unique and special. Marvin is returning home as a member of the U.S. National women's hockey team to take on UND in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. "I'm just so excited to be able to have this opportunity," said Marvin, who finished a four-year college career at the University of Minnesota last spring. "Not too many players get to play with the best in the country and play on their home ice. I'm excited and I know the town is ready. A lot of my friends and family will be there.
Merrimack hasn't played a Western Collegiate Hockey Association team in three years and has never played UND. The last time it made the big stage of the NCAA tournament was 1988. So, an introduction may be in order for UND's season-opening opponent (7:37 tonight, 7:07 p.m. Saturday, Ralph Engelstad Arena). There are four big facts to know: n Merrimack College is located in North Andover, Mass.