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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Gracen Hirschy smacked her stick on the ice to let Emma Nuutinen to know she wide open. Nuutinen never heard it. But the Finnish freshman didn't need any help, anyway. Nuutinen beat Ohio State's star defenseman Jincy Dunne wide on a rush, cut to the net, carried the puck all the way across the top of the crease and sent UND to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Faceoff for a seventh consecutive season with her overtime winner.
The senior tribute late Saturday night was muted. Gage Ausmus and Matt Hrynkiw watched the video on the scoreboard, made a quick circle on the ice, waving to fans, then retreated to the locker room not knowing if it would be the final time they do so in Ralph Engelstad Arena. UND blew a prime opportunity to find a comfortable spot in the Pairwise Rankings, to move into command to grab a top-four spot in National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings and to finally build some momentum.
Amy Menke watched the third period and overtime from the stands Friday afternoon after being ejected for an illegal hit from behind. That wasn't the case Saturday. Menke scored the game-winning goal and added two assists as UND forced a decisive Game 3 in the first round Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series with a 4-1 victory over Ohio State at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
UND beat Colorado College in Game 1 of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs in 2014. After the game, UND's freshman class retreated to Walsh Hall. They weren't tired, so they all gathered in the room of Gage Ausmus and Keaton Thompson to watch a movie. All six of them fell asleep in the room, scattered on the beds, the couch and the floor of the small room. This wasn't an unusual occurrence. Members of that freshman class -- many with local ties -- quickly formed a bond that remains close today.
The Tyson Jost and Brock Boeser Show arrived at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday night—just in time for the UND men's hockey team. UND's two NHL first-round draft picks made big-time plays late in the third period to turn a tie game into a much-needed 6-4 UND victory over Omaha in front of 11,900. Jost and Boeser each scored two goals, but their back-to-back tallies in the span of 44 seconds showed why this year's team, though inconsistent to this point in the season, can be so intriguing if they get into the NCAA tournament.
Ohio State managed just three shots on goal in the third period and overtime Friday afternoon. Two of the three went in, though, and the Buckeyes took advantage of their chances to beat UND 3-2 in overtime in the first game of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff series. Lauren Boyle's point shot hit off of the stick of a UND defender and re-directed past goalie Lexie Shaw just 2 minutes, 5 seconds into the extra session to lift Ohio State to the win. UND's season is on the line in the best-of-three series at 2:07 p.m. today.
GRAND FORKS, N.d.—Omaha's team bus pulled into Ralph Engelstad Arena's parking lot on Thursday afternoon. It drove down the ramp in the loading dock. The garage door opened and the bus pulled into the basement of the venue. Dean Blais hopped out. It's the seventh time he's done this—returned as an opposing coach to the building he once helped design as UND's head coach. It hasn't gotten old yet.
Three weeks ago, the UND women's hockey knew how the regular season would end. The Fighting Hawks were already locked into fourth place—there was a wide gap both above and below them in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings—and there was no shot at moving high enough in the Pairwise Rankings to get an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. It was clear this team's fate would rest in the league playoffs.
Omaha's team bus pulled into Ralph Engelstad Arena's parking lot on Thursday afternoon. It drove down the ramp in the loading dock. The garage door opened and the bus pulled into the basement of the venue. Dean Blais hopped out. It's the seventh time he's done this—returned as an opposing coach to the building he once helped design as UND's head coach. It hasn't gotten old yet.
Q. What is your favorite TV show? A. Game of Thrones. Q. What's your favorite movie? A. It used to Inception, but I just watched Boogie Nights and I'm a big fan. I'd probably say those two. Q. What's your favorite restaurant in Grand Forks? A. Parrot's Cay. Q. What's your order there? A. I get a full order of shark 10s. Q. How did you end up with your number, 20, here at UND?