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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Minnesota 2, UND 1 The story: Minnesota goalie Eric Schierhorn stopped 34 of 35 shots to lift Minnesota to a 2-1 win in Ralph Engelstad Arena. UND outshot 35-18 for the game and 11-3 in the third period, but struggled to capitalize on chances. Key players: 1. Schierhorn, 34 saves; 2. Minnesota forward Rem Pitlick, 1 goal, 1 assist; 3. UND forward Rhett Gardner, 1 goal.
Since the birth of YouTube, the UND-Minnesota rivalry series has produced countless memorable moments. The Herald posted some of the rowdy ones earlier this week. But the rivalry has been much more than that. There have been dramatic endings, highly skilled plays and fantastic games that have left fans waiting for the next time these teams have played. Here's a sampling of
The 2001 exhibition game against the University of Manitoba was played in the old Ralph Engelstad Arena on purpose. It was a nice way to bid farewell to the arena. But the real reason the exhibition game was played there is because there was only one way to open the new rink: a rivalry game against the University of Minnesota. UND and Minnesota played a wild, back-and-forth game that night that the Gophers won 7-5, kicking off a new era in a building that allowed crowds of more than 11,000 to watch the rivalry games in Grand Forks.
1—National title since their last meeting in GF (UND in 2016). 2—Future series currently scheduled in GF (2020-21, 2022-23). 3—Brad Berry will be the third to coach UND vs. Gophers in The Ralph. 4—Players from GF/EGF who haven't played in series in GF before. 5—Wins by Brad Eidsness against Minnesota in The Ralph. 6—Years since the last meeting at The Ralph. 10—Wins by Minnesota in The Ralph. 11—Wins by UND in The Ralph.
The North Dakota-Minnesota rivalry has seen about everything. There have been down-to-the-wire finishes, blowouts, draw-dropping skill plays, brawls in the handshake lines ... anything you can imagine. But the rivalry is getting a new twist next year: It's going to the city where crazy is routine. What could possibly happen when these two programs—college hockey's version of the Hatfields and the McCoys—line up and go head-to-head in Las Vegas? It could be interesting.
UND recently had a surge in local players. There was Tucker Poolman and Gage Ausmus from East Grand Forks. There was Paul LaDue and Luke Johnson from Grand Forks Central. There was Keaton Thompson from Devils Lake. They all helped UND win two Penrose Cups as National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular-season champs and the program's eighth NCAA national championship. But there's one thing none of them experienced during their time at UND. They never got to play against the rival Minnesota Gophers in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Q. What's your favorite road trip? A. I've got to go with Duluth. I love playing in Duluth. We always have a good, solid following there and it's always a fun place to play. Q. What does Grand Forks need the most? A. Chipotle. Q. Who is the best player you've ever played against? A. I've played against Austin Matthews, Dylan Larkin and Jack Eichel in the USHL. In college, I'd have to say it was probably (Henrik) Borgstrom or (Danton) Heinen. Q. What's your favorite hockey movie? A. Miracle. Q. Is a hot dog a sandwich?
Q. What’s your favorite road trip? A. I’ve got to go with Duluth. I love playing in Duluth. We always have a good, solid following there and it’s always a fun place to play. Q. What does Grand Forks need the most? A. Chipotle. Q. Who is the best player you’ve ever played against? A. I’ve played against Austin Matthews, Dylan Larkin and Jack Eichel in the USHL. In college, I’d have to say it was probably (Henrik) Borgstrom or (Danton) Heinen. Q. What’s your favorite hockey movie?
The very first game in Ralph Engelstad Arena was a North Dakota-Minnesota showdown. Including that October 2001 evening, the college hockey rivals have played 22 times in The Ralph. UND has won 11 times. Minnesota has won 10. And they've tied once. Here's a rundown of all 22 games in The Ralph and the leading scorers for each team: -------------------------------------------- Minnesota 7-5 - Oct. 5, 2001 First game at the new Ralph Engelstad Arena.
19 Shane Gersich, junior, forward, 5-11, 183. Chaska, Minn. Washington Capitals (fifth round). Gersich is UND’s top offensive option, returning to school after a 20-goal sophomore season. The Twin Cities product and son of a former Gopher, Gersich is an explosive skater, who can create space and has the ability to finish with an underrated shot.