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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LAS VEGAS—The first sign that this might be a home run came on Feb. 9, 2013. On that day, UND played an outdoor game against Omaha at T.D. Ameritrade Park, home of the College World Series. Yes, UND drew more than 7,000 people to a game in Winnipeg a year earlier, but it was the Omaha outdoor game that really opened eyes. UND fans flooded Omaha that weekend and turned the outdoor game into a home game, even though UND was technically the visitor. It was after that weekend that fans printed t-shirts that said, "Every game is a home game."
(Editor’s note: This is a travel blog by Herald hockey beat writer Brad Elliott Schlossman to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at everything happening off the ice during UND’s trip to Las Vegas. It will be updated throughout the week.)
LAS VEGAS—When Joel Janatuinen skated the puck up the left side and sent it into an empty net, UND's bench celebrated wildly. They just clinched a 3-1 win over rival Minnesota in Orleans Arena in front of a partisan 7,412 fans on Saturday night. Then, they had to catch a charter flight home. Probably a good thing. UND cost the bookies at the Orleans Hotel and Casino—which made the Fighting Hawks big underdogs—quite a bit of money. The fans, meanwhile, were sent out into the Vegas night revelling in UND's biggest win of the season.
UND 3, Minnesota 1 The story: Playing in Las Vegas in front of a wild green-and-white crowd, UND beat rival Minnesota 3-1 to send the fans celebrating into the night. East Grand Forks defenseman Colton Poolman scored two goals and Joel Janatuinen added the empty-netter. Rookie goalie Adam Scheel stopped 20 of 21 shots, allowing just a five-on-three goal.
LAS VEGAS -- UND will wear special jerseys for warmups ahead of tonight's U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game against the University of Minnesota. The jerseys will all have No. 23 on them and will say "Engelstad" on the back. It is a nod to former UND goalie Ralph Engelstad, who donated more than $100 million to build UND's home hockey facility in Grand Forks. The family of the late Engelstad will be on hand for the game. Engelstad used to own and operate a casino on the strip in Las Vegas. His family still lives in the city. Front:
U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game Who: UND vs. Minnesota, 9:07 p.m. Central, 7:07 p.m. Pacific. Where: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas. TV: Midco Sports Network (GF Ch. 27/622 HD). Radio: The Fox (96.1 FM). Webcast: NCHC.tv.
LAS VEGAS -- A group of former UND hockey players cannot make it to Las Vegas for tonight’s UND-Minnesota game. But they wanted to find a way to add to the event for UND fans who made the trip.
LAS VEGAS—They're coming from all across the United States—from across the globe, really. UND's Hall of Fame Game against rival Minnesota is expected to bring fans from at least 42 of the 50 states to Las Vegas today. Fans have said they're coming from Hawaii to New Hampshire to Alaska to Florida. They're coming from a small town in Arkansas and big cities like New York. They're even coming from London and Japan. Even those who are well versed in the travel habits of UND fans have expressed their amazement at what this game has brought.
LAS VEGAS—UND came across the numbers 7-7-7 while preparing for Saturday's game against rival Minnesota in Las Vegas. No, they weren't hitting the jackpot at the slot machine. That's the number of goals Minnesota has scored in its last three outings. One seven-goal outburst came against defending national champion and defensively stout Minnesota Duluth. Another came in an exhibition against a U.S. Under-18 Team that's already beaten Notre Dame, Michigan and Harvard this season. And another came in an exhibition against Trinity Western.
LAS VEGAS—Road trips are all business for the UND hockey team. But Brad Berry made an exception when the Fighting Hawks visited New York City two years ago. He took the team to the 9-11 Memorial and Museum in Manhattan—a rare tourist stop for the program. And he let the players go out to Times Square to hang out and take pictures. UND, which had struggled to that point in the season, then answered the bell on the ice with one of its best performance of the year, beating Boston College 4-3 in Madison Square Garden.