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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ST. PAUL, Minn.—Brad Berry had an anguished look at the postgame press conference. His UND men's hockey team just lost a 3-2 overtime game to No. 1-ranked St. Cloud State in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff semifinals Friday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center. He knew that UND's NCAA hopes now rested in the hands of other teams around the country. "We came down here to win two games to win it," Berry said. "That's not going to happen now. We have to concentrate on winning one and trying to get some help from around the nation."
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018 NCHC Frozen Faceoff Semifinals: UND vs. St. Cloud State, 4:08 p.m. today; Minnesota Duluth vs. Denver, 7:38 p.m. Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul. TV: CBS Sports Network. Radio: The Fox (96.1 FM). Webcast: None.
ST. PAUL—Rhett Gardner walked up to the front of a banquet room in the Science Museum of Minnesota on Thursday night and was handed an award for being the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's best defensive forward. "It's really exciting," the UND center said. "It's a game I play, so it's my kind of award. Going into this season, I kind of had it in the back of my mind that this could be something I could win, because of the style I play. I thought I had a good year defensively playing against top lines and it worked out."
UND, Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State are three of the four teams in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff this weekend in the Xcel Energy Center. They are all ranked in the top 12 in this week's USCHO national poll. Add in MSU-Mankato and Minnesota and five of the nation's top 15 teams in this week's national rankings are from this area. And there's reason to think that the future will be bright for the area teams considering youth hockey participation numbers compiled by USA Hockey.
It took until the final second of the regular season for UND to extend its run of top-half conference finishes to 16 years. It took a third-period rally and an overtime goal Saturday night for UND to extend its run first-round playoff victories and spring break to the Twin Cities to 16 years. Now, two nights of hockey and 15 games sit between UND and one more program-record streak.
Game times have been set for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center. UND will play St. Cloud State in the first semifinal at 4:08 p.m. Friday. Minnesota Duluth will play Denver in the second semifinal at 7:38 p.m. Friday. The third-place game is scheduled for 3:38 p.m. Saturday. The championship game will be played at 7:38 p.m. Saturday. UND and Denver are the only teams to have reached the Frozen Faceoff in all five years of the NCHC.
UND is headed back to the Twin Cities. Nick Jones scored 53 seconds into overtime, banking a shot off the back of Omaha goalie Evan Weninger to give the Fighting Hawks a 4-3 victory over the Mavericks and earn another trip to the Twin Cities. UND will play next weekend in St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center. It's the 16th-straight year that UND has won a first-round league playoff series and reached the Twin Cities.
Cam Johnson went to UND operations director Pat Swanson this week and asked if the players could change the playlist of songs before Friday's playoff opener. "Postseason, we call it the new season," the senior goalie said. "New season, new tunes." A new Friday night result followed, too. UND's 4-0 victory over Omaha to open the National Collegiate Hockey Conference playoffs marked the first time UND has opened up a series with a victory since Jan. 12 at Bemidji State.
UND 4, Omaha 0 The story: For the 12th-straight year, UND opened up its first-round playoff series by winning Game 1. The Fighting Hawks moved within one win of a 16th-straight trip to the Twin Cities by toppling Omaha behind a three-goal second period. Shane Gersich scored in the first period and Christian Wolanin, Nick Jones and Joel Janatuinen added second-period goals. The winner of the best-of-three series will play in the NCHC Frozen Faceoff in St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center.
Q. What’s been your favorite road trip so far this season? A. I’ll say Wisconsin. We had a pretty good weekend in terms of how we did. Good rink. They have a lot of fans and it was two historic programs going at it. Q. What’s one thing Grand Forks needs to get? A. I’ll go with the generic answer of Chipotle, even though I’m not a huge Chipotle fan. Q. Who is the best player you’ve ever played against? A. Brayden Point (of the Tampa Bay Lightning). Q. What’s your favorite hockey movie?