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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ESPN and The Hockey News both came out with their lists of the top 50 hockey prospects in the world this week. They both had the same name at the top: Clayton Keller, Boston University. The Terrier freshman passed Phil Kessel and Patrick Kane last season as the top all-time scorer at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, which oversees the U.S. Under-17 and Under-18 teams. Keller is the face of a young-but-extremely-talented Boston University hockey roster.
FARGO—Minnesota Duluth doesn't have a Hobey Baker Award finalist up front and won't have the Mike Richter Award winner in goal. But the Bulldogs have held down the nation's No. 1 ranking for much of the season because they have perhaps the deepest and most complete team in college hockey. Are they a veteran team? Check. The only team in the NCAA tournament with more points from seniors is Harvard. The Bulldogs' seven seniors have racked up 144 points this season. Are they good up front? Check. Minnesota Duluth is potent on three lines.
FARGO—Ohio State hasn't been in the NCAA tournament in eight years. It hasn't won an NCAA tournament game in 19 years. But there's one area of the game that could make the Buckeyes a big threat to reach the NCAA Frozen Four this season: special teams and the power play. Ohio State has the nation's best power play at 32.5 percent. It is the best power play of any team in college hockey since online statistics began being stored 16 years ago.
FARGO—At this time last year, Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro may have been watching The Bachelor together in the basement of a house in Penticton, British Columbia. Maybe they were playing a heated game of ping pong. Or perhaps they invited friends over and were playing a full blown mini hockey game. All three were common occurrences in the home of Dale and Wendy Woods, where Jost and Fabbro lived together in the basement for the last two years while playing junior hockey.
North Dakota Seed: 3. Record: 21-15-3. Conference: NCHC (fourth). Recent NCAA history: UND has reached the NCAA tournament 15 years in a row—the second-longest stretch in college hockey history, only behind Michigan's 22-year run. UND is the defending national champ. National championships: 8 (2016, 2000, 1997, 1987, 1982, 1980, 1963, 1959). Scoring offense: 3.18 (16th). Scoring defense: 2.56 (19th). Power play: 19.2 (24th). Penalty kill: 83.6 (19th).
FARGO—UND star defenseman Tucker Poolman practiced Thursday afternoon at Scheels Arena, but his status for this weekend's NCAA West Regional is still in doubt. The junior defender, who was injured last Saturday on a check from behind into the boards during the National Collegiate Hockey Conference championship game, was able to move around but played most of his shifts with Danys Chartrand, who will be the extra defenseman. He also had frequent conversations with his father, Mark, the team's athletic trainer.
All of the teams arrived in Fargo on Wednesday — even UND. Although the Fighting Hawks easily could travel down before practice on Thursday, they stuck to their normal NCAA regional routine. They took a bus just before dinner time. They’ll practice from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. That practice will be OPEN to the public. It will be the team’s regular Thursday practice, so there will be the weekly shootout near the end. For the whole story, click here .
Boston University began looking at possible regional assignments Sunday morning before the bracket was officially announced. One possibility piqued the interest of head coach David Quinn: going to Fargo to take on North Dakota. "It's one of those things we've talked about and I can feel throughout the locker room," Quinn said. "If you're an elite athlete, an elite hockey player, this is a game you want to play in.
About 500 tickets for the NCAA Men's Hockey West Regional will go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday in person at Fargo's Scheels Arena. If tickets are still remaining at 10:30 a.m., the rest will be available online. These are returned tickets from Boston University and Ohio State, which did not sell out their allotments. There is a limit of two tickets per person.
Michigan Tech students began arriving four hours before the start of the game. The line stretched down a long hallway, around the corner to the right and another long hallway, around the corner to the left and another hallway, through a doorway, down a spiral staircase, around another corner and through another doorway. They packed John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. They went crazy when Michigan Tech beat Bowling Green in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association championship game.