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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There was a time not long ago when a player would verbally commit to a college hockey program, and soon after he would be pressured by other coaches to rethink it. "Yeah that happened. Absolutely.
West Fargo coach Brett Peterson has been waiting all season for his team's offense to have a break out game. He didn't think it would come on a cold, breezy evening in Grand Forks, but Peterson isn't going to complain. The West Fargo baseball team managed a doubleheader split with Grand Forks Central by winning the second game 13-0 after dropping the first 10-9 in extra innings. It was the first conference win of the season for the Packers, who are 1-6 in the East Region and 3-11 overall. For Central coach Mike McNamara, it was a frustrating evening of too many walks and errors. "With woo
Seven years ago, Ryan Potulny got a close-up view on how to spoil a record-breaking performance by a goaltender in a fifth overtime. Thursday night, the former Grand Forks Red River standout did it himself. Potulny ended the longest game in American Hockey League history when he scored in the fifth overtime to spoil a 98-save performance by the opposing goaltender. The game lasted 142 minutes, 38 seconds -- nearly the length of three regulation games. Potulny, who plays for the Philadelphia Phantoms (the top farm club of the Philadelphia Flyers), gave his team a 3-2 road win over Albany as
In 45 years of the NHL draft, only four Minnesota Section 8 players have been selected in the first round. Roseau Rams defenseman Aaron Ness may be the fifth. Ness, who will enroll at Minnesota in the fall, is ranked the No. 27 North American skater in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau's final rankings, which were released Thursday. That means Ness figures to be picked in either the late-first or early second-round when the draft is held in Ottawa on June 20-21. The other Section 8 players to be taken in the first round are Warroad's T.J.
Grand Forks has had a long line of dominant girls high school tennis players. Liza Wischer won six state singles titles from 2002-07; Marissa Hangsleben and Jenni Mihulka won championships in the years before that. There's also Sarine Weingarten, who held the state record of four straight titles in the mid-1990s before Wischer broke the mark. But a current Grand Forks Red River sophomore could, by the time her career is done, be as good as anyone before her. Callie Ronkowski is a tall right-hander with strong ground strokes that make her one of the best players in the state.
Brad Eidsness has been drafted. He's led his team to a gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge, and he is the reigning most valuable player of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Eidsness can't wait for the next step. The 19-year-old goaltender recruit said he hopes to enroll in summer classes at UND and get to campus early in order to prepare to battle for the starting job this fall. "I'm really looking forward to it," said Eidsness, a Chestermere, Alta., native who is expected to compete with senior-to-be Aaron Walski for playing time.
The college hockey season seemed like it followed a pattern. UND had an average start, furious finish, made a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four and lost to Boston College once there -- same as the previous two seasons. But coach Dave Hakstol said there are definitely things that will stand out to him when he thinks of the 2007-08 squad. "I thought we had a ton of character wins," Hakstol said. "We had a real good group of guys and the character wins typified the team we had.
As Roseau pulled up to Valley Golf Course on Friday morning, coach Sue Grafstrom told her players they might not see another day like it all year. So, freshman Emily Hallie took advantage. Despite only being on the course twice this spring, Hallie earned medalist honors at the East Grand Forks Senior High Invitational by shooting a 92 amidst warm temperatures, blue skies and light winds. That score easily bested Crookston's Lindsay Morgan and Senior High's Karley Thiel, who tied for second with 98s.
The UND men's hockey season just ended against a Boston team on a national stage. And that's exactly how next season will start. UND opens the 2008-09 season on Oct.
DENVER -- As Kevin Porter concluded his speech at the Pepsi Center, he said: "I'd like to wish Boston College and North Dakota good luck in the championship game tomorrow night.'' After hearing a commotion from the crowd, he caught his mistake and exchanged North Dakota with Notre Dame. It was one of the few slip-ups this season for Porter. The senior forward from Michigan was presented the Hobey Baker Memorial Award on Friday night, becoming the school's second winner. Porter scored 33 goals and added 30 assists this season.