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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Brian Idalski cringes when any UND women's hockey historical statistic is brought to his attention. He did so again this week when he was told that the Sioux are 0-20 all time against Minnesota, because most of that history happened before he took the head coaching position two years ago. Idalski and the Sioux want badly to get a win against perennial power Minnesota this weekend and maybe start a new streak. If that happens, it could spring a rivalry between these teams, much like the one on the men's side.
Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux know they are putting their loved ones in a difficult position this weekend. The twins, whose father and two brothers played for UND, will come to Ralph Engelstad Arena in the uniform of UND's biggest rival, Minnesota. "I'm guessing my parents are going to have a little trouble going into the rink and cheering for the Gophers," Monique said. "We have friends who are coming to the game, too, who were obviously big Sioux fans growing up.
Q. The Brad Miller Time show is a hit on YouTube. How did it get started and how were you picked as host? A. Basically at media day, the people from FightingSioux.com told us they wanted us to take their camera and act like the media for the day and interview teammates and stuff like that. I just took the reins from there and never looked back. It's been kind of fun doing that ever since. I think maybe I was just the first one to (host). I think whoever would have been the first one would have done the same job I've done. I don't think I'm any better at it than anyone else. Q.
UND will again have a representative at the World Junior Championship. It's not a current player, though. Recruit Danny Kristo will represent the Sioux at the prestigious Under-20 tournament set for Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Ottawa. USA Hockey announced its 22-man roster Wednesday afternoon and Kristo was the only high school student selected. The dynamic forward, who skates for the Omaha Lancers in the United States Hockey League, is a senior and will join UND next fall. "I was definitely nervous," Kristo said.
When Brett Hextall arrived on campus this fall, his veteran teammates tried to explain how hard it is to get a two-game sweep at the college level. "Now, I get to see for myself how difficult it is," Hextall said, "I still haven't got a college sweep yet." UND's quest to win twice on the same weekend will have to wait as another chance slipped away late Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Cornell defenseman Evan Barlow ripped a shot off of teammate Colin Greening's arm with 3 minutes, 23 seconds left to give the Big Red a 2-1 win over the Sioux and a series split. The goal came exactl
UND proved its offense can still be potent. And it can be potent against anybody. The Sioux stormed the country's stingiest defensive team, Cornell, 7-3 on Friday in front of 11,363 who probably expected to see a tight defensive game in Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Big Red entered the game with an undefeated mark, thanks to a goalie who had only allowed five goals the entire season.
Q. How would you assess your first 12 games in college hockey? A. It took a few games in the beginning, but ever since then I feel like I've done well. I knew I was going to have to earn my spot on the team. In the exhibition against Manitoba, I was on the fifth line. I just used that as motivation to keep working and keep doing the right things. I'm glad that I was able to make an impression on the coaching staff and play some pretty significant minutes lately. Q. You are starting to rack up penalty minutes. Do you feel like you are getting calls because of your reputation? A.
For a team that's struggling on offense, it can't be exciting to see Cornell next on the schedule. The program that has sent eight goalies to the NHL and boasted two Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists in net in the last six years is up to its usual tricks. The undefeated Big Red (4-0-2) are the No. 1 defensive team in the country. They give up less than a goal per game. Their penalty killing unit also is ranked No. 1 nationally. They've held opponents scoreless on 29 of 30 power-play chances. Their goalie? He's also ranked No. 1 in the country in both major categories.
Okotoks (Alta.) Oilers coach Dan McDonald heard Brad Eidsness engaging teammates in an intense discussion last year in the back of the team bus. When McDonald went to investigate, he found a conversation that he's never before heard on a hockey trip. "They weren't talking about who they were playing that night or anything like that," McDonald said. "He and a couple of other intellectual kids were discussing how the universe works. "They would get into these kinds of discussions all the time.
UND junior forward Ashley Paulson is giving up hockey because of concussion problems, women's coach Brian Idalski said Wednesday. Paulson will stay on the roster and continue to travel with the team on road trips, though. "It's just not worth the risk of the quality of life down the road," Idalski said, "when you're not sure what the impact would be if she has another concussion." Paulson was UND's fifth-leading scorer last season as a sophomore, tallying six goals and adding six assists.