Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 12th 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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Dean Blais stepped down as head coach at Nebraska Omaha on Tuesday, ending an eight-year run with the school. He didn't term it a "retirement." Just a resignation. Blais said he's probably not done with the sport yet. He may coach his grandchildren. But if this is, indeed, the end of his 31-year association with college hockey, it will be the sport's loss.
Dean Blais, who led UND to national championships in 1997 and 2000, has stepped down as head men's hockey coach at Nebraska Omaha. More to come.
North Dakota and Denver will meet in the playoffs once again. After playing to a monotonous tie in last year's National Collegiate Hockey Conference third-place game and a down-to-the-wire thriller in the NCAA Frozen Four, the two teams are set to meet again Friday in the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. This matchup will be in the semifinals of the NCHC Frozen Faceoff. The game time is expected to be announced this morning. The two semifinals are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
UND fans sat in Ralph Engelstad Arena, watched overtime and celebrated their team's victory as the goal horn blared. Then, they got to do it again. After watching the men's basketball team punch their ticket to The Big Dance on the big screen at center ice during the third intermission, the UND men's hockey team followed suit. with a key overtime victory over St. Cloud State to win its first-round series in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
The UND men's hockey team was at home Friday night, but coach Brad Berry had a different type of request for his team. He wanted them to play like they were on the road. With students on Spring Break and the atmosphere of The Ralph toned down, maybe it felt more like a road game, too. UND responded with a workmanlike 5-2 victory over St. Cloud State in Game 1 of their National Collegiate Hockey Conference first-round playoff series to move the Fighting Hawks within one win of a 15th consecutive trip to the Twin Cities.
Six of the past 11 college hockey national champions failed to make the NCAA tournament the following season. UND has found out this season why that's the case. Whether it has been because of the rash of early NHL signings or the departure of key seniors or battling complacency after winning a title or because everyone wants to give the champs their best shot, inconsistencies have plagued the Fighting Hawks for much of the year. That's why this weekend's National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoff series is unlike so many others in the past 20 years.
Q. What is your favorite TV show? A. Entourage. Q. Who is your favorite character on Entourage? A. Johnny Drama. Q. What is your favorite movie? A. That's a tough one. Dark Knight is a good one. Lone Survivor. Q. What's your favorite restaurant in Grand Forks? A. Probably Fuji. Q. What's your order there? A. I usually get the steak and filet. Q. How did you end up with your number, 9, here at UND?
Austin Poganski flew around the ice Wednesday afternoon. UND coach Brad Berry said his junior right winger will be in the lineup come Friday night when the Fighting Hawks host St. Cloud State in the first round of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs. Poganski left last Saturday's game against Miami in the first period with an undisclosed injury and never returned. Brock Boeser also skated up-and-down the rink at practice Wednesday, but Berry was more non-committal on his status for the weekend.
St. Cloud State will be without defenseman Will Borgen for the first two games of its best-of-three playoff series against UND this weekend. Borgen was suspended for two games by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference for shoving league referee Nick Krebsbach on Saturday night. The Moorhead, Minn., product will be available to return Sunday if the series goes to a decisive third game. Borgen was called for a 10-minute game misconduct for the incident, which occurred with just 3:56 remaining in St. Cloud State's 2-1 loss to Colorado College.
Chris Wilkie skated toward the bench Saturday night. He reached over his shoulder, pretended to grab a monkey off of his back and launch it into oblivion. Finally, UND's sophomore winger broke through. On his 114th shot attempt and 74th shot on goal, Wilkie scored his first goal this season early in the second period to spark UND's key 5-2 road win over Miami University in the regular-season finale. The goal came one year to the date of his last goal.