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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The NCAA West Regional will be staying in the Dakotas the next two years. UND will host next year's regional in Sioux Falls, S.D., at the Denny Sanford Premier Center and the 2019 regional at Fargo's Scheels Arena. If UND reaches the NCAA tournament in either of those years, it will automatically be placed in that regional. This will be the first time an NCAA regional has ever been played in South Dakota. Fargo previously hosted regionals last month and in 2015.
Grand Forks native and Minnesota assistant coach Grant Potulny was named head coach at Northern Michigan University on Tuesday morning.
UND retained lawyers in the weeks prior to cutting the women's hockey and men's and women's swimming and diving programs, but their findings will remain confidential. UND paid the Baker Donelson law firm $16,905, but declined to release the firm's findings in an open record request by the Herald. UND cited North Dakota Century Code 44-04-19-1(6) as the reason why it doesn't have to disclose the findings. That statute indicates that UND was preparing for a lawsuit.
UND will start the next regular season in The Last Frontier. It hopes to end it in St. Paul. The 2017-18 schedule was announced Wednesday morning, one highlighted by UND's first home series against rival Minnesota since January 2012. It also features trips to Anchorage, Wisconsin and Bemidji. Its other nonconference home series are against St. Lawrence and Union. The only National Collegiate Hockey Conference team that doesn't come to Grand Forks next season is Minnesota Duluth. The only place UND doesn't travel to is Western Michigan.
UND coach Brad Berry drops into Ralph Engelstad Arena at all times, including nights and Sundays when there are no games or practices. Often times, he'll find Austin Poganski there. "He's diving into his books, doing work for his academic side," Berry said. "I think he's one guy that leads by example on and off the ice." That made it an easy choice to elect Poganski as the new captain of the UND men's hockey team.
For the first time in 33 years, Red Berenson is not the head coach at Michigan. Berenson stepped down Monday, vacating one of the highest-profile college coaching jobs in the country. It's the latest move in what's beginning to be an adventurous offseason in the college hockey coaching ranks. Already gone are Berenson, a two-time national champion at Michigan and Dean Blais, a two-time national champion at North Dakota who had been with Omaha.
The U.S. Women's National Hockey Team threatened to boycott the IIHF Women's World Championship unless it could reach an agreement with USA Hockey on better funding and more support for their team. USA Hockey did its part and reached an agreement with the team. And the players did their part by bringing home a gold medal with a dramatic 3-2 overtime victory over rival Canada in front of a partisan, sold-out home crowd in Plymouth, Mich.
There may have been several upsets earlier in the tournament, but there's no surprise in the two teams who will play for the gold medal at the IIHF Women's World Championship. The U.S. routed Germany 11-0 and Canada beat Finland 4-0 during Thursday's semifinals, setting up a showdown between the top two teams in the world. The Americans and Canadians will face off for gold at 6:35 p.m. tonight in Plymouth, Mich. Germany and Finland will play for the bronze earlier in the day.
CHICAGO—Jade Miller didn't know much about Minnesota Duluth's roster when he made his college commitment last April. But he found out during a summer workout. "I remember the coaches brought us together and coach (Brett) Larson looked at us and told us that we have a really good chance to do something special this year," Miller said. "That's when I sat back and thought about the guys coming back and what we could do."
Austin Poganski and Shane Gersich committed to North Dakota together. They won a national championship at UND together. And now they want to make one more run at a title together. Poganski and Gersich both confirmed Wednesday that they will return to school for another season rather than signing pro contracts. Poganski, a St. Louis Blues draft pick, will be a senior. Gersich, a Washington Capitals pick, will be a junior.