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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Game times have been set for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center. UND will play St. Cloud State in the first semifinal at 4:08 p.m. Friday. Minnesota Duluth will play Denver in the second semifinal at 7:38 p.m. Friday. The third-place game is scheduled for 3:38 p.m. Saturday. The championship game will be played at 7:38 p.m. Saturday. UND and Denver are the only teams to have reached the Frozen Faceoff in all five years of the NCHC.
UND is headed back to the Twin Cities. Nick Jones scored 53 seconds into overtime, banking a shot off the back of Omaha goalie Evan Weninger to give the Fighting Hawks a 4-3 victory over the Mavericks and earn another trip to the Twin Cities. UND will play next weekend in St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center. It's the 16th-straight year that UND has won a first-round league playoff series and reached the Twin Cities.
Cam Johnson went to UND operations director Pat Swanson this week and asked if the players could change the playlist of songs before Friday's playoff opener. "Postseason, we call it the new season," the senior goalie said. "New season, new tunes." A new Friday night result followed, too. UND's 4-0 victory over Omaha to open the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs marked the first time UND has opened up a series with a victory since Jan. 12 at Bemidji State.
UND 4, Omaha 0 The story: For the 12th-straight year, UND opened up its first-round playoff series by winning Game 1. The Fighting Hawks moved within one win of a 16th-straight trip to the Twin Cities by toppling Omaha behind a three-goal second period. Shane Gersich scored in the first period and Christian Wolanin, Nick Jones and Joel Janatuinen added second-period goals. The winner of the best-of-three series will play in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff in St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center.
Q. What’s been your favorite road trip so far this season? A. I’ll say Wisconsin. We had a pretty good weekend in terms of how we did. Good rink. They have a lot of fans and it was two historic programs going at it. Q. What’s one thing Grand Forks needs to get? A. I’ll go with the generic answer of Chipotle, even though I’m not a huge Chipotle fan. Q. Who is the best player you’ve ever played against? A. Brayden Point (of the Tampa Bay Lightning). Q. What’s your favorite hockey movie?
UND played No. 4-ranked Denver, the defending national champion, four times this season. The Fighting Hawks were dead-even with the Pioneers, splitting a series in Denver and tying twice in Grand Forks. UND played No. 1-ranked St. Cloud State, the regular season champion in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, four times this season. Three of those games went to overtime.
Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux sat on barstools on a stage in Ralph Engelstad Arena's lobby Thursday night. They were wearing their blue USA hockey jerseys with shiny Olympic gold medals around their necks. With nearly 1,000 people packed into the arena's entrance—some seated, some standing, some hanging over a railing from suite level trying to get a glimpse of them—the twins were asked when it finally hit them that they had become the state's first Olympic gold medalists.
One streak survived last weekend. Thanks to UND's Saturday night tie against St. Cloud State, the Fighting Hawks finished in the top half of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and will play a first-round league playoff series at home for the 16th-straight season. It's the longest streak of top-half conference finishes in college hockey by seven years. The only team within a decade of UND's current run is Boston College at nine years. Now, UND's sights are set on extending two more historic streaks—and they both go hand-in-hand.
UND’s top defensive pairing of Christian Wolanin and Colton Poolman were recognized on all-National Collegiate Hockey Conference teams Wednesday. Wolanin was named all-NCHC second team and Poolman was named all-NCHC honorable mention. Wolanin is bidding to become the first defenseman to lead UND in scoring since James Patrick in 1982-83. The junior from Rochester, Mich., has 11 goals and 32 points.
UND freshman Grant Mismash was named to the all-National Collegiate Hockey Conference rookie team Monday. Mismash has nine goals and 22 points in 34 games this season for UND. Eight of his nine goals came in NCHC play. Mismash was named rookie of the week a league-leading four times and was the NCHC’s rookie of the month for October.