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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Shootouts have been a tradition with the UND men's hockey team. For years, the Sioux have had a competition at the end of each Thursday practice. Everyone participates, even coaches. If you score, you move on to the next round. If you are stopped, you're done. The winner gets the reward of being attacked by teammates. Some wonder, if in the future, there will be a more glamorous reward to shootout success. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association has started using them to break ties in conference games. For NCAA purposes, the game is considered a tie.
There's still a week left in October and the UND women's hockey team has more wins than it did in each of the last two seasons. The Sioux got there by finishing off a sweep of Union on Saturday with a 4-1 victory in Ralph Engelstad Arena. It marks win No. 5 of the season for UND, which won four games in 2006-07 and 2007-08. "I didn't even realize that," Sioux coach Brian Idalski said. "Our focus obviously has been on getting better every time out. I hadn't paid too much attention to our record or points, but that's nice. It's a credit to our kids and their work ethic.
In the last three seasons, the Union women's hockey team has only been able to defeat college hockey's bottom-feeders. UND clearly isn't one of those teams anymore. After spending most of its existence as a program trying to keep games close against more skilled teams, the Sioux were on the opposite side of that equation in Friday night's 3-0 win over Union in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Sioux dictated play from start to finish in improving to 4-2-1 overall. Union (0-6-1) managed only nine shots on goal and a third of them came on clearing attempts from the other side of center ice.
When Sara Dagenais spotted UND's struggling record of the previous couple of seasons, she knew she found exactly what she was looking for in a college hockey program. The forward from Montreal circled schools such as UND during the recruiting process -- ones that haven't been strong but appear to be on the rise. "I wanted to be a part of a new team that was going up," Dagenais said. "If you go to a real strong team, you're not going to play a lot your first two years and you're not going to get experience.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- The top-ranked team in Minnesota Section 8AAA has heard this season that it isn't a typical Thief River Falls squad. Coach Jeff Mumm admits that the Prowlers may not have a prototypical home run guy in their stable of tailbacks, "but they're pretty good.
Zach Harrison's performance against UND on Friday night is worthy of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Toronto organization requested Harrison's stick this week after the Minnesota State-Mankato junior tallied a shorthanded natural hat trick in the Mavericks' 5-1 win over the Sioux. It is the sixth shorthanded hat trick in college hockey history, but it may be the first one where all three goals were scored consecutively. "After hearing about Zach Harrison's accomplishment this weekend with the shorthanded natural hat trick, we have checked a bit to see if we can find someone else who has done s
MANKATO, Minn. -- It may not have looked like it for the first three and a half games, but the UND men's hockey team is indeed alive. Facing a two-goal deficit midway through the third period -- and the prospect of matching the worst start in program history -- the Sioux rallied to stun Minnesota State-Mankato and 4,956 in Alltel Center by pulling out a 4-3 win Saturday. Chris VandeVelde capped the thriller by scoring a shorthanded goal with 8.6 seconds remaining in regulation.
MANKATO, Minn. -- UND men's hockey senior defenseman Joe Finley did not make the trip to Mankato, Minn., this weekend because of an unidentified injury. Finley led the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in plus-minus a year ago and had one assist in two games this season. Both freshman defensemen -- Ben Blood and Corey Fienhage -- will be in the lineup when the Sioux and Minnesota State-Mankato open their two-game series at 7:37. Follow the Herald's live blog of the game at www.areavoices.com/undhockey .
The UND men's hockey team spent extra time in practice this week working on special teams, and that's not just because the power play missed on its first 12 chances of the season. UND Coach Dave Hakstol said he's expecting this weekend's series against Minnesota State-Mankato to be called tighter than the Ice Breaker Invitational was last weekend. At the season-opening Ice Breaker, refereed by Hockey East officials, there was an average of 11 power plays per game.