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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MADISON, Wis. -- Two years ago, Holy Cross showed up at Grand Forks for the NCAA West Regional to find its largest and loudest fan following of the year. There were more than 10,000 UND fans intensely cheering on the Crusaders because they were playing UND's top rival, Minnesota. This afternoon, Princeton can probably expect a similar reaction from Wisconsin fans. The Sioux (26-10-4) and Tigers (21-13) play at 2 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. - It may sound a bit ironic.
Hobey Baker's sticks, skates, pictures and newspaper clippings lined the wall behind Princeton senior Kyle Hagel as he gave a speech about his school's most famous hockey alum. The school had a dedication ceremony during opening weekend this fall to honor Hobey Baker, and Hagel was called upon to put the legendary athlete into words. "Kyle sort of became engrossed in how Hobey was such an amazing person -- not only an athlete but a person," Princeton coach Guy Gadowsky said.
Behind each of Chris VandeVelde's attributes, there is a story. It starts with toughness. During a high school practice, Moorhead coach Dave Morinville recalls, VandeVelde and teammate Cory Loos got tangled in a corner. When they came out, VandeVelde mentioned that his shoulder was bothering him a little bit. "Are you all right?" Morinville asked. "Yeah, I'm OK," VandeVelde said. "Nothing I can't handle." So he completed the final 30 minutes of practice. Afterward, Morinville heard some commotion in the locker room when VandeVelde took off his jersey.
If the UND men's hockey team reaches the Midwest Regional championship of the NCAA tournament, cable subscribers won't be able to see the game on Midcontinent. The Sunday game is being broadcast exclusively by ESPNU, and the Fighting Sioux Sports Network has been unsuccessful in its attempts to obtain rights for the game. ESPNU is not available on Midcontinent Communications, the major cable carrier in this area. But it is available on DirecTV (Channel 609) and Dish Network (Channel 148).
ST. PAUL -- UND earned a No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament Saturday. More important, the Sioux are again playing like a No. 1 seed. In what was perhaps its best game in a few weeks, UND downed Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season champion Colorado College 4-2 in the third-place game at the WCHA Final Five. T.J. Oshie and Chris VandeVelde each had a goal and an assist to help the Sioux grab some momentum as they head into the NCAA tournament, which begins this upcoming weekend. UND will find out where it's headed and who it's playing at 10:30 a.m.
UND is headed to Madison for the NCAA regionals. The Sioux men's hockey team, a No. 1 seed, will play Princeton in the first round at 2 p.m. Saturday. Second-seeded Denver and third-seeded Wisconsin will play at 5:30 p.m. in the other Midwest Regional game. The regional championship will be at 6 p.m. Sunday. Princeton, the ECAC champion, holds a 21-13 record. The Tigers are led by Hobey Baker Award finalist, forward Lee Jubinville. UND is looking to reach its fourth straight Frozen Four under coach Dave Hakstol.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota coach Don Lucia said the best news Friday was that senior forward Tom Pohl was going home from the hospital. Minnesota's 2-1 overtime win over top-seeded Colorado College in the semifinals of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's Final Five was icing on the cake. Freshman Mike Hoeffel scored both goals for the Gophers, who have won a season-high four straight games and advanced to the conference championship. The Gophers play Denver at 7:07 tonight for the Broadmoor Trophy.