Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th 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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During the past 20 years, Kellie Elliott has spent time in numerous roles in the athletics world across the country. She's been at Yale, San Jose State, Florida State, Stanford, Cal, as a consultant and currently is the deputy athletic director at Texas-San Antonio. Elliott says all of those experiences have prepared her to be the next athletic director at UND. Elliott addressed a crowd of people at an open forum at the Gorecki Alumni Center on Tuesday afternoon. She was the third person to interview for the job.
Brad Berry was a standout defenseman at UND before becoming the program's head coach. It appears he's pretty good at recruiting that position, too. UND landed a verbal commitment this weekend from Jake Sanderson, a 2002-born defenseman from Calgary and the latest touted defenseman to join the future roster. Sanderson visited campus during UND's two-game series against Omaha and made his commitment there, according to his Instagram account.
UND coach Brad Berry pulled rookie goaltender Peter Thome aside Saturday morning during the team's pregame skate. "We're going to shake things up and try to give the team a boost," Berry told Thome. "You're going to start tonight, so be ready." That wasn't the only change Berry had up his sleeve. He also scratched two of his prized rookie forwards—Grant Mismash and Collin Adams—and juggled two of the three defensive pairings.
UND 7, Omaha 0 The story: One night after struggling for offense, UND exploded for seven goals, while rookie Peter Thome notched his first-career shutout. Austin Poganski scored twice, while Rhett Gardner, Colton Poolman, Joel Janatuinen, Christian Wolanin and Andrew Peski each added one goal. It was Peski's first-career goal in his 49th-career game.
It's no major surprise that offensive production was an issue for the UND men's hockey team Friday night. That's been a theme, off and on, for the whole season. But the concern level ratcheted up when the Fighting Hawks were only able to muster one goal—on a penalty shot, no less—in a 4-1 loss to an Omaha team that entered the weekend ranked 59th of 60 college hockey teams in goals allowed and dead last in goalie save percentage.
The four finalists to be the next athletic director at UND will be on campus in the next week. Western Michigan senior associate athletic director Monty Porter, UND Champions Club executive director Mike Mannausau, Texas-San Antonio deputy athletic director Kellie Elliott and Eastern Washington athletic director Bill Chaves will interview on campus and be available at public forums. Porter's public session will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Gransberg Room in the Gorecki Alumni Center.
Q. What's been your favorite road trip so far? A. I think the Alaska road trip was pretty fun. It was the first time with the group of guys. We got out there and it was a good atmosphere and a nice town, so I really enjoyed that one. Q. What is the one thing Grand Forks needs to get? A. Probably a Chipotle. Q. Who is the best player you've ever played against? A. I'd probably have to say either Troy Terry or Henrik Borgstrom. Q. What's your favorite hockey movie? A. Definitely Miracle. Hands down. Q. Is a hot dog a sandwich?
Dean Blais won't be cracking jokes at today's UND fan luncheon. He won't be standing behind either bench. He won't be delivering an entertaining analysis to the media after the game. After a long, decorated college hockey career as a head coach at both UND and Nebraska Omaha, Blais retired at the end of last season. And with that, one of the most recognizable coaches in the country gave way to one of the most unknown coaches in the country.
The UND athletic director search committee narrowed the field of candidates to four during its meeting Thursday morning. According to multiple sources, they are Eastern Washington athletic director Bill Chaves, Western Michigan associate athletic director Monty Porter, UND Champions Club executive director Mike Mannausau and Texas-San Antonio deputy athletic director Kellie Elliott.
Brad Berry was just looking for a guy to stop pucks for a couple of months. The UND hockey coach knew goalie Matej Tomek wasn't going to be healthy enough to play in the first half of the season, and he didn't want netminders Cam Johnson and Matt Hrynkiw taking 100 percent of the shots in practice. Berry wanted to find a third practice goalie to give them relief from time to time. Goalie coach Karl Goehring suggested Ryan Anderson.