Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th 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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FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2018 No. 15 UND at No. 2 Minnesota Duluth When: 7:07 tonight, 7:07 p.m. Saturday. Where: AmsOil Arena, Duluth. TV: Fox Sports North Plus (Ch. 639 HD) tonight; Midco Sports Network (GF Ch. 27/622 HD) and WDAZ Xtra (Ch. 596) on Saturday. Radio: The Fox (96.1 FM). Webcast: NCHC.tv. Live blog: undhockey.areavoices.com. TEAM STATS UND Scoring 22 Rhett Gardner sr f 8-1--9 24 J Bernard-Docker fr d 3-6--9 29 Jordan Kawaguchi so f 2-7--9 16 Grant Mismash so f 4-4--8
Matt Smaby started keeping notebooks when he was in Germany. Even though he had three or four years left in his pro hockey playing career, Smaby knew he wanted to be a coach someday. So, he prepared for it. Smaby bought notebooks and started writing down everything. He jotted down drills that he liked. He kept notes about playing systems.
The Chicago Blackhawks have played games this season where three of their four centers were former UND players. Jonathan Toews, Nick Schmaltz and Luke Johnson have held down the middle at times. But that won't be happening anymore. The Blackhawks traded Schmaltz, the first-line center of UND's 2016 NCAA national championship team, to the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday night.
The Philadelphia Flyers fired general manager Ron Hextall on Monday morning after a 10-12-2 start to the season. The Flyers have already used five different goaltenders this season and have the worst save percentage in the NHL (.880). It’s a position that has long haunted the franchise.
Rhett Gardner is well known for the shutdown role he plays. He was named the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's defensive forward of the year last season. Gardner is well known for his dominance in the faceoff circle. He has won more faceoffs than anybody in the nation and it's not even close. After Saturday night, he'll be known for scoring big, timely goals, too. UND rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to beat Alaska Anchorage 4-3 in a wild series finale in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
UND 4, Alaska Anchorage 3 The story: Trailing by two goals in the third, UND scores three times in the span of 1:24, including two by senior center Rhett Gardner in the span of 41 seconds and UND escapes with the win. Defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker had two assists for a four-point weekend. Three stars: 1. Rhett Gardner, UND, 2 goals; 2. Jacob Bernard-Docker, UND, 1 goal, 1 assist; 3. Nicholas Erb Ekholm, UAA, 2 goals.
UND fans enjoyed Thanksgiving on Thursday. And for the first time in seven years, they got to enjoy the hockey game on the following day in Ralph Engelstad Arena. UND won at home on Black Friday for the first time since 2011, cruising to a 5-2 win over Alaska Anchorage in front of 11,155 in The Ralph. Fourth-liners Jackson Keane and Casey Johnson scored their first goals of the season, first-liners Grant Mismash and Rhett Gardner scored on the power play and Ludvig Hoff scored in his first game back from injury to lead the offense.
UND 5, Alaska Anchorage 2 The story: UND got two goals from its fourth line and two more on the power play to beat Alaska Anchorage in a nonconference game in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Jackson Keane scored his first-career goal, while Grand Forks Central grad Casey Johnson scored his first of the season. Ludvig Hoff scored in his first game back from injury and Grant Mismash and Rhett Gardner scored on the power play. UND improved to 5-2-1 in nonconference play this season.
UND outshot Alaska Anchorage 78-32 in a two-game series last season. You would think those numbers would have led to a pair of easy wins, but it turn out exactly like that. Both games went to overtime; one ended in a tie, the other in a UND overtime win. As the Fighting Hawks (5-5-1) prepared to take on Alaska Anchorage (1-8-1) at 7:37 tonight and 7:07 p.m. Saturday in Ralph Engelstad Arena, they did so expecting some similarities to last season's series. It could be a low-scoring series with goals at a premium.
Is it a turkey hangover? Is it too much stuffing and mashed potatoes? Is it the fact that the UND hockey team is out of its normal routine on Thanksgiving week? Or is it the fact that the atmosphere in Ralph Engelstad Arena feels a bit off with the students out of town?