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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The stretch run is coming. In a few days, the UND men's hockey team will find out what that means. This weekend's series against Denver may determine whether the rest of the regular season will be spent fighting for the MacNaughton Cup or for home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Beat the Pioneers twice and UND will be in first place.
Q. What has been behind your recent point surge? A. I think I'm definitely getting more comfortable and feeling more confident with the puck. But the bounces also have been going my way. Sometimes, in the first half, it felt like I was hitting the post here and there and things weren't going in. Now, they are going in the net. The whole team is playing well, though, so I think I have to attribute it to that. Q. What are your thoughts on playing with Ryan Duncan and Brett Hextall? A. They are great. I don't know if there are two guys I'd rather play with. Duncan is such a complete player.
The UND women's hockey team became a YouTube hit on the last trip to Mankato, Minn. Midway through the third period of a one-goal game, a Minnesota State-Mankato forward cross-checked a Sioux player after the whistle, starting a scuffle that ended up being a line brawl. Four players received game misconducts and the teams combined for 140 penalty minutes. Video of the incident reached YouTube and 80,000 people have viewed it. "I don't anticipate another incident like that happening again, but you never know," UND coach Brian Idalski said.
This season started much like the others for senior Ryan Martens. He found a spot in the stands and watched UND play its season-opener against Boston University.
A third recruit who visited during the Minnesota series has committed to UND. Alberta Junior Hockey League forward Carter Rowney has told Sioux coaches he will play for them beginning in 2009 or 2010. Rowney is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward from Sexsmith, Alta. He leads the Grande Prairie Storm in scoring with 27 goals and 31 assists in 47 games. His point total is good for fourth in the AJHL. "He's a good two-way player," Grande Prairie coach Mike Vandekamp said. "He can provide offense as a power forward with good skill, and he's also a very good defensive player.
A third recruit who visited during the Minnesota series has committed to UND. Alberta Junior Hockey League forward Carter Rowney has told Sioux coaches that he will play for them beginning in 2009 or 2010. Rowney is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward from Sexsmith, Alta. He leads the Grande Prairie Storm in scoring with 27 goals and 31 assists for 58 points in 47 games. His point total is good for fourth in the AJHL. "He's a good two-way player," Grande Prairie coach Mike Vandekamp said. "He can provide offense as a power forward with good skill, and he's also a very good defensive player.
UND's second-half run has reached a hurdle that hasn't been easy to clear this season. Yes, it comes in the form of 5-17-2 Michigan Tech. The Huskies are not going to dazzle anyone offensively. They are not going to burn out any goal lights. They probably won't even score three goals in a game (they average 1.38, worst in the country). Tech wins games by playing tight defensively, packing it in around the net, blocking shots and finishing on its rare offensive opportunities.
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is open for applications. League members voted unanimously Thursday to lift the moratorium on expansion, which has stood since Minnesota State-Mankato joined the league 10 years ago. The vote, which took place during the annual NCAA meetings in Washington, D.C., needed just six yes votes to pass. Applications must be received by March 31 because the moratorium will go back into effect April 1. Bemidji State wasted no time in announcing that it would apply.
There may never be a good time to play the Wisconsin women's hockey team. And this week just may be worse than normal. Not only does UND have to face the 18-1-3 Badgers on the road, the Sioux have to do it with an ailing, makeshift lineup. The Sioux will only bring 10 forwards and five defensemen to a two-game series that will begin at 2 p.m. today in the Kohl Center. Defensemen Susan Fellner and Alyssa Breu will miss their fifth and sixth straight games due to injury, leaving the Sioux with four regular defensemen.
Last weekend was a big one for UND on the ice. Turns out, the Sioux had a big weekend off the ice, too. A pair of players who visited campus during UND's two-game sweep of rival Minnesota committed before they left Grand Forks Alberta Junior Hockey League all-star forward Corban Knight discussed his commitment on Monday, while Winnipeg native Brendan O'Donnell talked about his commitment Wednesday. O'Donnell is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound dynamic forward who will arrive on campus in 2010 or 2011.