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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Q. What's your take on the pair of 2-1 losses at the Great Lakes Invitational? A. We all know that we can score goals. That's been evident in a lot of games this year. The bounces didn't go our way and we didn't do the things we needed to do. We have confidence in our ability. . . . It's not a huge issue, it's just going out and doing what we have to do -- learning from (last) weekend and getting better from it. Q. As a goalie, what's it like when your team's last three losses have been 2-1 games? A. It's a little frustrating. At the same time, that's the way it goes.
The UND series isn't the biggest Western Collegiate Hockey Association battle for Bemidji State this month. In two weeks, the league will vote whether to lift its current moratorium on expansion -- a vote that could possibly determine the future of the Bemidji State program. Bemidji State has been actively seeking membership in the WCHA since the demise of its league, College Hockey America. Since 2004, Findlay (Ohio) and Wayne State (Mich.) have dropped their men's hockey programs and Air Force left for Atlantic Hockey.
Jonathan Toews learned the game of hockey on a backyard rink his father made each winter. And today, just as he did throughout his childhood, the former UND star forward will again lace up the skates, go outside and play a hockey game. Only this time, there will be more than 40,000 people watching. Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks are hosting the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.
The NCAA hockey rules committee directed referees to crack down on obstruction this season in an attempt to increase scoring and excitement in college hockey. The results from the first half of the season show that scoring is up -- slightly. There has been an average of 5.56 goals per Western Collegiate Hockey Association game this season, which is up from the record-setting low of 5.00 last year and 5.42 in 2006-07. It is still far from the 8.66 goals per game mark seen during the 1980s, but it is a step in the right direction. UND coach Dave Hakstol said he hopes college hockey continues
DETROIT -- There won't be a shortage of New Year's resolutions for the UND men's hockey team. After falling flat at a prominent national tournament for the second time this season, it's time to start wondering if the Sioux will be around for the big one at the end. A 2-1 loss to Michigan Tech on Sunday afternoon in the third-place game of the Great Lakes Invitational put the Sioux back under the .500 mark at 9-10-1 and out of the top 25 in the PairWise rankings.
DETROIT -- Joe Louis Arena is home to the NHL Western Conference's highest-scoring team, the Detroit Red Wings. But don't expect to see the same kind of high-flying, fact-paced action there this weekend. The 44th annual Great Lakes Invitational will host the two most inept offenses in college hockey. Michigan State, which takes on UND at 5:35 tonight, ranks 58th of 59 Division I teams with an average of 1.61 goals per game. Michigan Tech, which takes on Michigan at 2 p.m.
Q. How did you feel your first game back against the U.S. Under-18 team went? A. Slow start. But I probably expected that playing with different guys every shift. It's different than playing with a partner. It made me worry about my play. My wind is fine and stuff like that. Maybe (I need to) make a few more plays in the defensive zone and stay out of the box. But that's probably what you would expect when the other guys' lineup is a bunch of 5-foot-6, 16-year-old kids. It's going to happen. Q. Is it going to take a while to get back to game speed or do you feel you are close? A.
The UND men's hockey team has its largest senior class in four years. Even with all of those familiar faces in the locker room, there were plenty of questions regarding this year's Sioux team. They had no proven goaltender, no NHL-ready stars at forward, no returning power-play units and a rookie class that was expected to produce immediate results. The second half of the season will start at 5:35 p.m. Saturday against Michigan State at the Great Lakes Invitational in Detroit.
Sometime this holiday season, you may find an all-star hockey game being played on the English Coulee in Grand Forks. The players will be a Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist, the second-leading scorer in all of college hockey, two candidates for the 2010 U.S.
The Blaine boys hockey team boarded a bus at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday afternoon with three more wins and newfound respect for an unfamiliar North Dakota opponent. After the Bengals completed the Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic with a perfect mark by beating Grand Forks Central 3-1, Blaine coach David Aus was full of praise for the Knights. Travis Kovalchuk and Gavin Tufte scored first-period goals and Nick Bjugstad added an empty-netter to help the Bengals improve to 9-0, but it wasn't easy.