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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Q. How old were you when you first made the Grand Forks Legion baseball team? A. Fourteen. It was a pretty eye-opening experience. I went to play for the Blues, the younger team, but it was a terrible year and nobody went out for baseball. I tried out and there were only like 18 guys. That's basically a team right there. I ended up making the Royals. I just played the best that I could. It was a rough year; we only won like five games, but we had fun. Q. Were you being recruited to play college baseball? A. There were a few schools.
Wisconsin's 0-5-1 record may be misleading -- not just because the Badgers have opened the season against four teams ranked in the top seven nationally. It's because the Badgers have had third-period leads in half of those games, a second-period lead in another. In fact, last Saturday's 5-2 loss to Minnesota is the only game Wisconsin has trailed after one period. "They haven't won a game," UND coach Dave Hakstol says, "but arguably they could have won all six." This weekend's old fashioned rivalry between two of college hockey's perennial powers is entering unfamiliar ground.
Shootouts have been a tradition with the UND men's hockey team. For years, the Sioux have had a competition at the end of each Thursday practice. Everyone participates, even coaches. If you score, you move on to the next round. If you are stopped, you're done. The winner gets the reward of being attacked by teammates. Some wonder, if in the future, there will be a more glamorous reward to shootout success. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association has started using them to break ties in conference games. For NCAA purposes, the game is considered a tie.
There's still a week left in October and the UND women's hockey team has more wins than it did in each of the last two seasons. The Sioux got there by finishing off a sweep of Union on Saturday with a 4-1 victory in Ralph Engelstad Arena. It marks win No. 5 of the season for UND, which won four games in 2006-07 and 2007-08. "I didn't even realize that," Sioux coach Brian Idalski said. "Our focus obviously has been on getting better every time out. I hadn't paid too much attention to our record or points, but that's nice. It's a credit to our kids and their work ethic.
In the last three seasons, the Union women's hockey team has only been able to defeat college hockey's bottom-feeders. UND clearly isn't one of those teams anymore. After spending most of its existence as a program trying to keep games close against more skilled teams, the Sioux were on the opposite side of that equation in Friday night's 3-0 win over Union in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Sioux dictated play from start to finish in improving to 4-2-1 overall. Union (0-6-1) managed only nine shots on goal and a third of them came on clearing attempts from the other side of center ice.
When Sara Dagenais spotted UND's struggling record of the previous couple of seasons, she knew she found exactly what she was looking for in a college hockey program. The forward from Montreal circled schools such as UND during the recruiting process -- ones that haven't been strong but appear to be on the rise. "I wanted to be a part of a new team that was going up," Dagenais said. "If you go to a real strong team, you're not going to play a lot your first two years and you're not going to get experience.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- The top-ranked team in Minnesota Section 8AAA has heard this season that it isn't a typical Thief River Falls squad. Coach Jeff Mumm admits that the Prowlers may not have a prototypical home run guy in their stable of tailbacks, "but they're pretty good.
Zach Harrison's performance against UND on Friday night is worthy of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Toronto organization requested Harrison's stick this week after the Minnesota State-Mankato junior tallied a shorthanded natural hat trick in the Mavericks' 5-1 win over the Sioux. It is the sixth shorthanded hat trick in college hockey history, but it may be the first one where all three goals were scored consecutively. "After hearing about Zach Harrison's accomplishment this weekend with the shorthanded natural hat trick, we have checked a bit to see if we can find someone else who has done s
MANKATO, Minn. -- It may not have looked like it for the first three and a half games, but the UND men's hockey team is indeed alive. Facing a two-goal deficit midway through the third period -- and the prospect of matching the worst start in program history -- the Sioux rallied to stun Minnesota State-Mankato and 4,956 in Alltel Center by pulling out a 4-3 win Saturday. Chris VandeVelde capped the thriller by scoring a shorthanded goal with 8.6 seconds remaining in regulation.