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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Bill Yon's phone rang Monday. It was his old college roommate, Mike Guentzel. It has been tradition for them to speak this particular week. Guentzel, a University of Minnesota hockey assistant coach, always lined up tickets for Yon to watch their alma mater's rivalry series against North Dakota. But not this year. "It was funny, we started talking about it, and here I am, razzing him about the Gophers coming," Yon said. "And he was asking me who I'm cheering for."
UND and Minnesota have played seven times since their last meeting in Ralph Engelstad Arena 2,106 days ago. Four of the games occurred in Minnesota's home rink of Mariucci Arena. Two occurred in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. And the other was played in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Here's a rundown of the seven games since their last meeting in The Ralph: March 16, 2012 At Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul UND 6, Minnesota 3
Minnesota coach Don Lucia was asked Wednesday, Oct. 18
UND rookie defenseman Gabe Bast could make his college debut this weekend for the rivalry series against the University of Minnesota. Fighting Hawks coach Brad Berry said Wednesday that Bast should be available for Friday's series opener after missing the first four games of the regular season recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. "He'll be ready," Berry said. Bast gives the defensive corps more depth and some offensive ability.
Derek Shepherd was in his mid-20s the first time he was assigned to referee a North Dakota-Minnesota game. He had an idea of what he was getting into. Shepherd grew up in the Twin Cities and had previously worked the series as a linesman. But even so, he had to be properly introduced in his first rivalry game as a referee at Mariucci Arena. Before the era of video replay, Shepherd waved off a North Dakota goal for a high stick on that night. A young UND coach Dean Blais stepped onto the ice and to scream at Shepherd.
UND athletic director Brian Faison will continue to be paid for more than a year after he retires on Dec. 31. In addition to being paid his regular rate—a $193,707 annual salary—through June 30, he will also receive two lump sums after that, according to the early retirement agreement signed by UND President Mark Kennedy on Tuesday. Faison will be paid $96,853 on July 31 and again on Jan. 15, 2019. Faison also retain health benefits through June 30, 2019.
UND athletic director Brian Faison will retire on Dec. 31. UND President Mark Kennedy and Faison announced the news Tuesday at the High Performance Center. Faison will stay on as a special advisor to UND athletics from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2018.
When UND and Ralph Engelstad Arena decided to upgrade the referees' locker room this summer, Pat Swanson immediately had an idea. In addition to adding amenities, Swanson wanted to put a dedication to the late Oliver 'Butch' Mousseau—the longtime popular referee in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and National Collegiate Hockey Conference—in the room. "We wanted to spice up the ref room," Swanson said. "What better way to do that than have a tribute to him? The league just retired his number and we thought it would be great to have something up for him."
Cam Johnson was finally able to sit back and relax. For the first time this season, the UND hockey team gave its goaltender a little room for error. UND exploded for three goals in the first period and six goals for the game—matching its total from the first three games of the season combined—in a 6-1 rout of St. Lawrence on Saturday in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Six different players scored the goals.
UND 6, St. Lawrence 1 The story: UND exploded for three goals in the first period and six in the game -- the same number UND had in its first three games combined -- as it finished off a sweep of St. Lawrence.