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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Brett Hextall thought he had the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, but it was disallowed. No problem -- he scored a much bigger one later. Hextall's wrist shot from the right circle 31 seconds into overtime gave UND a 4-3 win over Bemidji State on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena, and it helped the Sioux complete their third straight two-game series sweep. UND rallied from down two goals in the first period and used a power play that carried into overtime to improve to 11-10-1 overall. On the winning play, Brad Miller fed Hextall in the right circle and the freshman for
Add another impressive accomplishment to the resume of Jonathan Toews. At age 20, the former UND forward will start in the NHL All-Star Game later this month, the league announce Saturday. Toews, a center for the Chicago Blackhawks, was the second-highest vote-getter among Western Conference forwards with 809,599, trailing only teammate Patrick Kane (917,551). Other starters for the Western Conference are forward Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim), defensemen Brian Campbell (Chicago) and Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim) and goaltender Jean-Sebastian Giguere (Anaheim). Eastern Conference starters are fo
BEMIDJI -- In two years, Bemidji State will finally get its long-awaited new hockey arena. UND and its fans might not want that to happen, though. The Sioux beat the Beavers 4-3 on Saturday night in yet another fast-paced, thrilling hockey game in a loud and packed John S. Glas Fieldhouse. In a contest reminiscent to the previous games here, the 2,414 in attendance were on edge until the final seconds. The Beavers, with a 6-on-4 advantage, buzzed the net and appeared to have an open look in the final seconds.
Michael Parks got his first taste of UND last fall when his St. Louis Selects midget major team came for a camp. In a couple of years, Parks will be back. The dynamic forward from suburban St. Louis has given a verbal commitment to play college hockey for UND beginning in 2010 or 2011. Parks popped up on the radar of many college recruiters last summer when he was one of the top scorers at the Select 16 Festival.
After a landmark first half for the UND women's hockey team, coach Brian Idalski welcomed his team back from Christmas break with two-a-day practices. His message was clear: No matter what the team accomplished during the opening two months, it doesn't matter unless the ending is just as good. The Sioux return to the ice for the first time in three weeks at 4:07 p.m. today to take on Rensselaer at the Easton Showcase in St. Cloud. Idalski hopes his team picks up where it left off.
Q. What's your take on the pair of 2-1 losses at the Great Lakes Invitational? A. We all know that we can score goals. That's been evident in a lot of games this year. The bounces didn't go our way and we didn't do the things we needed to do. We have confidence in our ability. . . . It's not a huge issue, it's just going out and doing what we have to do -- learning from (last) weekend and getting better from it. Q. As a goalie, what's it like when your team's last three losses have been 2-1 games? A. It's a little frustrating. At the same time, that's the way it goes.
The UND series isn't the biggest Western Collegiate Hockey Association battle for Bemidji State this month. In two weeks, the league will vote whether to lift its current moratorium on expansion -- a vote that could possibly determine the future of the Bemidji State program. Bemidji State has been actively seeking membership in the WCHA since the demise of its league, College Hockey America. Since 2004, Findlay (Ohio) and Wayne State (Mich.) have dropped their men's hockey programs and Air Force left for Atlantic Hockey.
Jonathan Toews learned the game of hockey on a backyard rink his father made each winter. And today, just as he did throughout his childhood, the former UND star forward will again lace up the skates, go outside and play a hockey game. Only this time, there will be more than 40,000 people watching. Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks are hosting the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.
The NCAA hockey rules committee directed referees to crack down on obstruction this season in an attempt to increase scoring and excitement in college hockey. The results from the first half of the season show that scoring is up -- slightly. There has been an average of 5.56 goals per Western Collegiate Hockey Association game this season, which is up from the record-setting low of 5.00 last year and 5.42 in 2006-07. It is still far from the 8.66 goals per game mark seen during the 1980s, but it is a step in the right direction. UND coach Dave Hakstol said he hopes college hockey continues
DETROIT -- There won't be a shortage of New Year's resolutions for the UND men's hockey team. After falling flat at a prominent national tournament for the second time this season, it's time to start wondering if the Sioux will be around for the big one at the end. A 2-1 loss to Michigan Tech on Sunday afternoon in the third-place game of the Great Lakes Invitational put the Sioux back under the .500 mark at 9-10-1 and out of the top 25 in the PairWise rankings.