Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He 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.
- Member for
- 5 years 3 months
OMAHA, Neb.—Cam Johnson sat out the last two games. The senior goalie, who backstopped UND to the 2016 NCAA national championship, played the backup role with rookie Peter Thome earning back-to-back starts. But Johnson came back in on Saturday night and he delivered his best performance of the season. Johnson turned in a 26-save shutout in UND's 3-0 win over Omaha in Baxter Arena, shutting down the nation's most prolific home offense.
UND 3, Omaha 0
Colton Poolman doesn't closely track the Pairwise Rankings, but he knows what the UND men's hockey team needs to do. "We just have to win games at this point," the sophomore defenseman said. "That's the most important thing. (The Pairwise Rankings) are always in the back of your head, but the most important thing is winning games right now." That's what made Friday night's 6-3 loss to Omaha in Baxter Arena so deflating.
Colton Poolman doesn’t closely track the Pairwise Rankings, but he knows what the UND men’s hockey team needs to do. “We just have to win games at this point,” the sophomore defenseman said. “That’s the most important thing. (The Pairwise Rankings) are always in the back of your head, but the most important thing is winning games right now.” That’s what made Friday night’s 6-3 loss to Omaha in Baxter Arena so deflating.
Omaha 6, UND 3 The story: Omaha went 3-for-3 on the power play in the second period, erasing a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 lead. Teemu Pulkkinen scored twice and Tyler Vesel once. Three stars: 1. Teemu Pukkinen, Omaha, 2 goals; 2. Zach Jordan, Omaha, 2 assists; 3. Jordan Kawaguchi, UND, goal, assist.
It hasn't been uncommon for the UND men's hockey team to give playing time to two goaltenders during the college hockey season. But given the time of the season, the current situation is a bit unusual. It is unknown whether senior goalie Cam Johnson or freshman goalie Peter Thome will play on Friday night when UND takes on Omaha, one of the country's best offensive teams, in Baxter Arena.
Q. What's been your favorite road trip so far this season? A. I'd say Denver. We were staying in Cherry Creek. It was a nice area and the weather was really nice. Q. What's one thing Grand Forks needs to get? A. I'm going to stay on the bandwagon and say Chipotle. Q. Who is the best player you've ever played against? A. I'd say (Jakob) Chychrun at the USA camp. Q. What's your favorite hockey movie? A. I'm going to say Mystery Alaska. Q. Is a hot dog a sandwich? A. Absolutely not. Q. What's the first concert you ever attended?
OMAHA, Neb.—Tyler Vesel was at a Skate with the Mavs event a few weeks ago when Omaha men's hockey fans started approaching him. "I couldn't even count how many times people came up and asked me the same questions," said Vesel, a senior forward. "How are you guys scoring so many goals?" Vesel struggled to answer that. But he acknowledged, there's no doubt that the Mavericks have been a far different team at home in Baxter Arena than on the road this season.
Joanna Pearson stands at the front of the bus as it's getting ready to pull out of the northeast parking lot at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Her father, Al, is sitting in the first seat on the bus right next to her with a Palm Breeze in hand, listening as she reads off the rules to the passengers: Represent UND in a positive light, be respectful and kind, get to know the people sitting near you and clean everything up when you're done. "Relax, laugh, sip, repeat," she says. And then, it's time for the final rule. Joanna begins by saying: "What happens on the bus..."
It's a new site, but Wednesday night, the U.S. women's hockey team had the same problem. They struggled to score against Canada. Through two periods, the Americans trailed Canada 2-0 in a pool play game at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea. The Canadians used goals by Meghan Agosta and Sarah Nurse to build the lead against their biggest rival. The Americans threw 32 shots on Canadian goaltender Genevieve Lacasse, but couldn't get one to go. It was a familiar story.