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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There were eight of them at the beginning. Adam Tambellini left school after a semester. Wade Murphy transferred to Arizona State after two years. Then, Troy Stecher, Paul LaDue, Luke Johnson and Keaton Thompson all signed NHL contracts last summer after helping UND to the NCAA national championship. So, late Saturday night, the ice may look a little lonely. Gage Ausmus and Matt Hrynkiw, the only two seniors remaining on the team, will be recognized after UND's series against Omaha.
UND no longer controls its fate for home ice in the first round of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference play. It will need help from Denver and Colorado College to pass St. Cloud State, which holds a two-point edge on UND for the final spot of home ice with four games to play. Surely, there will be a lot of scoreboard-watching the next two weeks, especially from the NCHC league offices, which could stand to lose money if UND doesn't host a first-round series and draw 22,000-plus for a best-of-three playoff series. But the big picture is more important.
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—It would be completely understandable if the UND men's hockey team was getting frustrated or exasperated at this point. UND's 3-2 loss to Western Michigan on Saturday night in Lawson Arena followed an all-too-familiar script. The Fighting Hawks dominated nearly the entire game, outshooting the Broncos 46-19, including a lopsided 34-7 margin during the final two periods, only to come away with another loss.
Senior Annie Chipman has served as UND's third goalie for the last four years, having never played in a game. Her primary duty has been live tweeting games from the tunnel. But that changed Saturday afternoon. UND coach Brian Idalski gave Chipman the start on Senior Day. Although she only played 3 minutes, 3 seconds, UND took the lead during that time and beat Ohio State 3-2 in the regular-season finale in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The other senior goalie, Lexie Shaw, took it the rest of the way and earned the win for UND.
Editor's note: Grand Forks Herald college hockey reporter Brad Elliott Schlossman is in Kalamazoo, Mich., covering UND's two-game series against Western Michigan. This travel journal is meant to take fans on the road trip to Kalamazoo and give them a sense of what's happening -- on and off the ice. 11:45 p.m., Thursday It has kind of become a tradition when coming to Michigan, but I get a laugh out of it every time.
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—UND tied the game in the third period. It had numerous chances to take the lead and get a key win. But just as it has done so many times in this frustrating season, UND found a way to end up on the wrong side of a hockey game that was up for grabs. Western Michigan third-year captain Sheldon Dries broke a 2-2 tie with 6 minutes, 58 seconds to go in the third and Colt Conrad tacked on the empty-netter to give the Broncos a 4-2 win in front of 3,045 in Lawson Ice Arena.
It was a flight to St. Louis. Then a bus to Mankato, Minn. Then a bus to Madison, Wis. Then a short trip to Bemidji. Then a bus ride to Duluth. And another bus ride to Minneapolis. After traveling for six consecutive weekends, the UND women’s hockey team has finally been able to stay at home all week -- a luxury it hasn’t had since early December.
Q. What is your favorite TV show? A. Entourage. Q. Who is your favorite character on Entourage? A. I'll have to go with Ari. Q. What is your favorite movie? A. Batman. Q. What's your favorite restaurant in Grand Forks? A. I'd have to say Noodles and Company. They don't really have that back in Canada, so I've really enjoyed that. Q. What's your order there? A. Definitely the Penne Rosa. That's my go-to for sure. Q. How did you end up with your number, 4, here at UND?
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Hayden Shaw was the first player to step on the ice at practice Thursday afternoon at Lawson Ice Arena. The UND sophomore defenseman took two strides, then threw a hard shoulder into the boards. He just had to get a little reminder of what it's like to play a game in Lawson Ice Arena.
UND’s game against Minnesota in Las Vegas sold out just seconds after tickets went on sale to the general public on Friday afternoon. Most of the tickets were sold during UND Champions Club pre-sales. I don’t know exactly how many tickets went on sale Friday, but it was more than a hundred, I was told.