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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Shane Frederick covers Minnesota State-Mankato hockey for the Mankato Free Press. He answered a few questions about the Mavericks and the upcoming series. Q. MSU is coming off its first-ever sweep of Minnesota. Are the Mavs playing their best hockey of the season? A. That's a tough question. I'd like to see how they come out against the Sioux this weekend before declaring a trend. The Mavericks certainly had their big slump in December when they lost six games in a row. Since then, they are 5-4-0, including the big sweep of the Gophers.
Throughout her four years at UND, Melissa Jaques has demonstrated how valuable she is on the ice. Her importance has been further magnified since she's been off the ice. A remarkable turnaround this season had the Sioux aiming for a top-four finish and home ice in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. But Jaques hasn't played the past two weekends because of injury and those hopes have faded fast. Jaques, the all-time leading scorer at UND, missed a home series against Bemidji State and a road series against Ohio State. The Sioux went 1-2-1.
Western Collegiate Hockey Association commissioner Bruce McLeod has the executive power to issue immediate suspensions, but he said this week he would prefer to follow guidelines in the league handbook. Those guidelines -- seen as a negotiation -- are starting to come under fire after the league has had to deal with a misconduct issue for the third week in a row. Denver defenseman Patrick Mullen was suspended Thursday for one game because of a slash at the end of last Saturday's game on Minnesota-Duluth forward Mike Connolly. McLeod said the handbook calls for him to notify the athletic dir
There is no easy way to get to Vernon, B.C. Located in the middle of the province, it is a five-hour drive from Vancouver and seven hours from Calgary, the nearest metro cities. Getting there from the United States is a 12-hour adventure . . .
Joe Finley is a menacing 6-foot-7, 245-pound tough guy who takes pride in playing through injuries. Yet he has this message for those thinking of doing the same: Don't try to tough out a head injury and don't lie to an athletic trainer about one. Finley, a senior defenseman at UND, tried to play through a concussion earlier this season and he ended up missing two months. Finley says he's lucky that he was only out for that long.
In this season of firsts, one big goal appears to be slipping away from the UND women's hockey team. St. Cloud State now controls the battle with UND for fourth place, which is the cutoff for home ice advantage in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. The Huskies beat defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth last Saturday to move a point ahead of the Sioux with three weeks to go. St. Cloud State also has a more favorable schedule remaining.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Mario Lamoureux sat in the press box Friday night and watched his team struggle to a shutout loss in the series opener. He got the call in the finale and made sure the result was different. The fourth-line forward scored a goal and added an assist in UND's 4-2 win over St.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Jase Weslosky says his trip to Grand Forks in December was one to forget. Back at home Saturday night, he put together a performance to remember. The St. Cloud State junior goaltender ended the third-longest unbeaten streak in the country by posting a 36-save shutout and a 3-0 victory over UND in the National Hockey Center. It was UND's first loss since Dec. 28 -- a span of eight games -- and first shutout loss since Nov. 30, 2007, a span of 59 games. The guy who stifled the Sioux all night was someone the Sioux didn't have trouble solving earlier in the season.
The UND men's hockey team is unbeaten in eight games, has lost only twice since December and sits just one point out of first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Still, if the NCAA tournament started today, the Sioux wouldn't be in it. The battle to get into one of those top 12 or 13 spots in the PairWise Rankings (UND is 14th) continues this weekend with a series at St. Cloud State and it probably won't be settled until the playoffs. The WCHA's nonconference winning percentage of .625 is weak by normal standards.
St. Cloud Times writer Kevin Allenspach has covered St. Cloud State since it became a Division I program in the 1990s. He answered four questions about the Huskies and this upcoming series. Q. Ryan Lasch came to Grand Forks in December in a goal drought (two goals in 17 games). He now has nine goals in nine games. Any big reasons for the outburst? A. He's taking more shots, for one thing. Lasch has always maintained he likes to be a passer first, but it didn't do his ego any good as a returning Hobey Baker finalist to go through the worst goal drought of his career in the first half.