Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 14th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman 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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KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Faded-yellow bleachers from the early 1970s wrap around Lawson Ice Arena on the campus of Western Michigan University. The center-hung scoreboard has no video capabilities. The press box is attached to the low ceiling and hangs over the student section, which takes up nearly an entire side of the 3,667-seat venue.
Brad Berry liked the way his defensemen played in the absence of junior Colton Poolman two weeks ago in Denver. But the UND coach is still plenty happy to see his captain back on the ice this week. Poolman, who missed the first two games of his career against the Pioneers, has been a full go at practice this week and is expected to be in the lineup Friday night when UND takes on Western Michigan in Kalamazoo. "A hundred percent," Berry said Wednesday afternoon.
UND will host the NCAA West Regional in Fargo’s Scheels Arena this March, marking the fourth time in the span of five years that it has hosted a regional. The school is hoping to host more in the coming years, too.
Brad Berry liked the way his defensemen played in the absence of junior Colton Poolman two weeks ago in Denver. But the UND coach is still plenty happy to see his captain back on the ice this week. Poolman, who missed the first two games of his career against the Pioneers, has been a full go at practice this week and is expected to be in the lineup Friday night when UND takes on Western Michigan in Kalamazoo (5:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network).
The game likely decided the No. 1 seed for the Minnesota Section 8A boys hockey tournament. So, East Grand Forks Senior High was satisfied with its down-to-the-wire 1-0 victory over Thief River Falls on Tuesday night in East Grand Forks Civic Center. But there wasn't a ton of celebrating on the Green Wave side. And there wasn't much dejection on the Thief River Falls side.
Soon after Dylan James was selected in the second round of the Western Hockey League Draft last spring, he started plotting his future path. He says it doesn’t include playing in the WHL. “That’s not a possibility,” James said. “I thought about the reasons why I would and wouldn’t (go to the WHL), and I think college is the better route.”
There are eight teams in college hockey this season with eight-plus NHL Draft picks on their roster: Minnesota, Boston University, Boston College, Providence, Michigan, Wisconsin, UND and Notre Dame. If the season ended today, not a single one would be in the NCAA tournament. The three teams with the highest number of draft picks -- Minnesota, Boston University and Boston College -- all have losing records.
Jim Scanlan is the all-time winningest coach for the Bemidji State women's hockey program. Scanlan set the record in a memorable way Friday night with his Bemidji State team upsetting No. 9 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. It marked the 82nd career victory for Scanlan, surpassing the total of his predecessor, Steve Sertich. The Beavers beat the Buckeyes 3-2 on a third-period goal by Emily Bergland of Thief River Falls.
DENVER -- There’s a bar and grill on the east end of campus called ‘Crimson and Gold,’ a nod to the University of Denver’s school colors. It has murals of former Pioneer athletes painted on the walls and a neon bar sign commemorating the hockey program’s back-to-back NCAA titles in 2004 and 2005, a feat nobody has accomplished since. A few minutes before noon on a Friday, the front door swings open. In walks the man who was in charge of those two teams, a man behind putting much of the history on the walls.
Griffin Ness was a sophomore on Wayzata’s 2016 Minnesota state boys high school hockey championship team. His captain was Mark Senden. “Unbelievable guy,” Ness said. “Unbelievable hockey player. Great person off the ice, too.” Ness has followed in Senden’s footsteps in a lot of ways.