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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At the beginning of the season, Fargo South boys tennis coach Vic Youngs asked his players to fill out a survey with random questions on it. Davis Lawley wrote on his survey a goal that seemed hilariously far-fetched: He wanted to get through the season without losing a game in singles. Not a match. Not a set. A game. "That didn't happen," Lawley said. No, but he came amazingly close.
As Fargo South's Davis Lawley ripped through the regular season—going undefeated in singles and not playing a match closer than 6-0, 6-1—the rest of the East Region took notice. Nobody was going to compete with the 2015 North Dakota state boys singles champion and not many wanted to try. That's what led to an unusual number of top players opting to compete in doubles in the individual tournament rather than singles.
Collin Adams insists he wasn't picking a spot. He said he was just looking to one-time a shot high on net. Forgive his teammates if they don't believe him. Adams finished off a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play by picking the corner of the net with just 3 minutes, 49 seconds to go, lifting UND to a 2-1 win over St. Lawrence on Friday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. It was the latest show of offense from the UND rookie from Brighton, Mich.
UND 2, St. Lawrence 1 The story: UND rookie Collin Adams scored a power-play goal with 3:49 left to give UND a 2-1 win over St. Lawrence in its regular-season home opener. Key players: Collin Adams, UND, goal. Ludvig Hoff, UND, goal. Colton Poolman, UND, assist. Cam Johnson, UND, 20 saves. Arthur Brey, SLU, 26 saves. Joe Sullivan, SLU, goal.
Q. What's your favorite college hockey road venue in the NCHC? A. I'd have to say St. Cloud, just because whenever we play there, it's about 50 percent green and 50 percent red and it's always rocking. Q. What is the one thing Grand Forks needs to get? A. I think we need a minor league baseball team. Q. Who is the best player you've ever played against?
Fargo South was one set away from losing in the first round of the North Dakota state boys tennis tournament Thursday morning. Longtime coach Vic Youngs started to think about what could be next. "In the back of my mind, I'm trying to stay positive," South coach Vic Youngs said. "But the other part of my mind is going, 'What lineup are we going to play against Shanley in the consolation finals?' Because Shanley, I'm not sure how well we match up with them now. "But it didn't happen." No, the day ended quite differently.
A couple of weeks ago, Ed Belfour sent an impassioned plea to his former teammates to make it to Grand Forks this weekend. He remarked that after his Hockey Hall of Fame career that included a Stanley Cup, he still considers the 1986-87 UND team as special as any team he's ever been on. He reminded them that three of their teammates—Scott Brower, Perry Nakonechny and Scott Dub—have passed away. And he said he and others have had some health setbacks.
It was 12:37 a.m. back in Grand Forks when Casey Johnson wired a wrist shot into the upper corner of the net for his first-career goal, giving UND a 3-2 overtime victory at Alaska Anchorage. His family didn't miss it. Johnson's parents, aunts, uncles and even his grandmother stayed up past midnight Saturday to watch the conclusion of UND's game. When Johnson called his parents after the dramatic goal, they answered the phone by cheering. "It was nice to see how much support I get," the Grand Forks native said.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The UND hockey coaching staff assumed it would have a difficult time picking which 12 forwards suit up on any given night this season. They were right -- and those decisions aren't getting any easier. The first weekend of the regular season only muddied the waters even further as UND's third- and fourth-line players, generally those most at risk of being scratched, collectively had strong games.
Tucker Poolman texted his father, Mark, late Monday afternoon to tell him the news: He was going to make his NHL debut with the Winnipeg Jets in a couple of hours. Mark responded: "Work hard, have fun." It was the only thing to say. "It's the same thing I said to him every day since peewees and squirts," Mark said. "Why would I change now?" Poolman became the first hockey player from East Grand Forks to play in the NHL on Monday night when he suited up for the Jets in Edmonton against the Oilers.