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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These four girls walked into a culture of negativity and losing a few years ago. They watched their senior UND hockey teammates tell recruits not to come here. They watched as upperclassmen booked spring break vacations for the week after the first round of playoffs, confident that the team wouldn't get that far. They watched the constant criticism of their former head coach and the belittling of their fellow freshmen. Yet Melissa Jaques, Randi Motsko, Kelsey Fletcher and Casie Hanson still are here, accomplishing what they originally set out to do when they arrived on campus. These four
It may be the long plane flight, the three-hour time change, the different schedule or the mystique of Sullivan Arena. Whatever the reasoning, the UND men's hockey team has not had great fortune in the Last Frontier. The UND and Alaska-Anchorage series has been a tale of two cities.
Minnesota State-Mankato, in conjunction with the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, has suspended forward Trevor Bruess for one game for "recent in-game incidents the league feels are detrimental to the game." Bruess, the league leader in penalty minutes, has been involved in incidents in his past three games. He was the player who sent Derrick LaPoint into the boards from behind last Saturday night, leaving the Sioux sophomore with a broken tibia and fibula.
When Brett Hextall traveled to British Columbia two years ago for a junior hockey tryout, he had a famous passenger in the car. His father, Ron, played 13 seasons in the NHL, winning a Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy. So, naturally, the border patrol agent in hockey-crazy Canada had a few questions. "You're going to Penticton to play hockey for the Vees?" she asked the younger Hextall. "Does this mean you get to play with Evan Trupp?" Never mind that there was a former NHL all-star and current NHL assistant general manager in the car.
The UND vs. Alaska-Anchorage series will be televised in the Grand Forks area this weekend. An agreement has been reached with GCI Cable, which televises the Seawolves games. The game can be seen on Midcontinent's Channel 23 in Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, Grand Forks Air Force Base, Drayton, Grafton, Minto, Manvel, Larimore, Crookston, Thompson, Reynolds, Buxton, Hatton, Mayville, Portland, Hillsboro, Galesburg and Grandin. Both games start at 10:07 p.m.
The UND men's hockey team has once again dipped into Alberta to grab a recruit. Derek Rodwell, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound power forward, has given a verbal commitment to play for the Sioux beginning in 2010. Rodwell is the fourth Alberta Junior Hockey League player to commit to UND since January and the second Okotoks Oiler. Rodwell isn't a slick, finesse player like teammate Corban Knight, who will come to UND either next year or 2010.
The UND men's hockey team has rolled through the second half of the season, making a journey from ninth place in mid-December to first on Valentine's Day. It may take a volcano to slow down the Sioux. Mount Redoubt, located 110 miles southwest of Anchorage, is spewing smoke and trembling enough to register on the seismic scale.
UND sophomore defenseman Derrick LaPoint will miss the rest of the season with a broken tibia and fibula, an injury he suffered during Saturday night's 4-3 win over Minnesota State-Mankato. The injury occurred midway through the first period when Mankato forward Trevor Bruess took LaPoint into the end wall with a hit from behind. LaPoint's ankle rolled up and both bones were cleanly broken. He was carted off on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.
Derrick LaPoint went to the hospital Saturday night with a gruesome ankle injury midway through the first period.
Brad Miller is used to putting on a show every week in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Friday night's had nothing to do with his Internet-hit talk show, though. The forward-turned-defenseman scored a pair of goals in the first period and led UND to a 4-1 win over Minnesota State-Mankato in a sold-out Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Sioux (17-11-3 overall, 12-6-3 Western Collegiate Hockey Association) improved to 12-3-2 since the start of December and inched within striking distance of first place. A win in the series finale at 7:07 tonight would move the Sioux (27 points) into a tie atop the standings w