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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The last time Jacob Benson and Jon Lizotte played a high school hockey game, it was in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Benson scored a goal. Lizotte skated off with an MVP award. And they both celebrated leading Grand Forks Red River to the 2013 North Dakota boys hockey state championship.
The most important faceoffs of UND’s 2016 NCAA national championship season were taken by a freshman. Holding a one-goal lead over rival Denver in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals, coach Brad Berry called on rookie Rhett Gardner to take back-to-back defensive-zone draws in the final 40 seconds. Gardner won the second one and followed it up by scoring the empty-netter to secure the trip to the national title game.
UND is about to hit the most daunting stretch of schedule it will face this season. It will take on teams ranked No. 1, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 14 in the Pairwise Rankings in its next eight games. That stretch starts this weekend against top-ranked St. Cloud State, which is 17-3-2 this season. Then, it will feature a two-game series at No. 3 Denver, where UND hasn't swept a two-game series in 15 seasons.
Ralph Engelstad Arena will install in the offseason a new center-hung video board that it says will be the largest in college hockey. The video board will be 34 feet wide and 15.5 feet high -- roughly twice the size of the current video board (16 feet wide, 9 feet high). The main video board -- which will have four equal sides -- also will have video rings around the top and bottom of the main screen.
The NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau is projecting this to be one of the busiest NHL Drafts that UND has ever had -- especially in the early rounds. Central Scouting released its midterm draft rankings Monday, separating players into North American and European categories. Among North American skaters, UND forward commits Shane Pinto, Judd Caulfield, Harrison Blaisdell and Massimo Rizzo -- all of whom have signed letters of intent -- are among the top 60.
Mak Langei spoke with her grandfather, Rick Budge, leading up to Saturday’s outdoor game between Bemidji State and MSU-Mankato. “Talking to him about it, I think he was even more excited for the game than I had been,” said Langei, a sophomore defenseman at Bemidji State. “He said, ‘Now you can see how I used to play.’” Budge played forward for the Beavers from 1962-66 -- back when they used to play their home games outdoors.
OMAHA, Neb. -- There was an omen Thursday. At the end of UND’s practice in Baxter Arena, the team held its weekly shootout drill. It took longer than normal, but freshman Jackson Keane finally ended it with a pretty goal. His teammates covered him in snow to celebrate. On Friday night, Keane came through in the end again with a pretty, winning goal -- only this one was a bit more important and he received a much warmer celebration from his teammates.
OMAHA, Neb. -- For the fourth-straight game, UND gave up a two-goal lead. This time, it was costly. Omaha scored two goals in the span of 85 seconds late in the third period to rally for a 4-3 win over UND on Saturday in Baxter Arena. It ended a three-game winning streak for the Fighting Hawks, where all three games they blew two-goal leads, but found a way to win on a late goal, anyway.
Omaha 4, UND 3 The story: For the fourth-straight game, UND blew a two-goal lead. This time, it cost the Fighting Hawks. Lukas Buchta and Taylor Ward scored two goals in 80 seconds in the third period to rally from a deficit and beat UND in the series finale. It ended UND's three-game winning streak. Gabe Bast scored twice for UND, while Jordan Kawaguchi added the third goal. Three stars: 1. Taylor Ward, Omaha, game-winning goal; 2. Gabe Bast, UND, 2 goals; 3. Dean Stewart, Omaha, assist.