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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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.
The UND women's hockey team is off to the best start in school history. To that, the Sioux can, in large part, thank their goaltenders. That's right, Brittany Kirkham has some help this season. The duo of Kirkham and freshman Stephanie Ney was key in UND's sweep of St. Cloud State last weekend in Ralph Engelstad Arena and UND expects them to continue to split time. Kirkham, a junior, stopped 32 of 33 shots in Friday's 2-1 Sioux win -- an effort that earned her Western Collegiate Hockey Association player of the week honors.
Mark Berge grew up exposed to hockey at high levels. He started in the Grand Forks youth program and moved on to a perennial power, Red River High School. He played for state championships every year there. He also played at UND, which won two national titles in close proximity to Mark's time. So, when he heard of his son's goal of eventually playing in the United States Hockey League -- a Tier I junior league -- Mark balked a little bit. "I'd say, 'Well, Mick, you have to be a realist. It's a tough road for kids up north to make it (to the USHL).
BOSTON -- Early in the season, UND men's hockey coach Dave Hakstol stresses evaluating performances. That's why he left Agganis Arena on Saturday night feeling a little bit better than he did 24 hours earlier. Although Massachusetts dropped UND to 0-2 for the first time in 14 years, there were plenty of positives to take out of the 3-2 loss in the Ice Breaker Invitational finale. The Sioux outshot UMass 42-16 and became more and more dominant as the game went on. In the third period, UND held a 19-4 advantage in shots. Senior goalie Aaron Walski was strong throughout.
BOSTON -- UND opened the college hockey season Friday night the same way it ended the last one -- unsuccessfully trying to chase down a highly skilled team from Boston. This time it was Boston University, not Boston College, but the Terriers delivered the same end result. Nick Bonino scored twice and added an assist to give the host of the Ice Breaker Invitational a 5-1 victory in front of a somewhat sparse home crowd of 3,753 at Agganis Arena. UND, which lost to Boston College 6-1 in last season's Frozen Four semifinals, dropped a season opener for the first time under fifth-year coach Dav
Before anyone can get carried away about last weekend's results, there are a few things to take into account. The Maine women's hockey team went 4-27-3 last season and only played 10 forwards and five defensemen against UND. Even so, these are the teams that the Sioux had struggled with during the past few seasons. And while they only managed a split in Maine, there were several notable achievements. The Sioux piled up 48 and 53 shots on goal in the two games. They haven't done that against anyone in the last five seasons. They also scored seven goals in Saturday night's win.
Q. Can you take us through all of the injuries you suffered as a freshman? A. I separated my shoulder against Boston College, my first shift against them. That kind of set me back for a while. (Mark Poolman) did a great job getting me back. But then when I came back, I hurt my knee against Minnesota (Dec. 8). I had surgery on my knee over Christmas. So that took another three or four weeks. After that, I hurt my shoulder again. So, it was an injury-filled year, but you have to forget about that stuff. Q. How frustrating was it? A. It was definitely frustrating.