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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T.J. Oshie showed up to Amalie Arena on Wednesday night wearing a green suit. Maybe it was just for style points. But perhaps the former UND star was trying to channel his old team's fortunes in that building in downtown Tampa. That's where UND won the NCAA national title in 2016, beating Quinnipiac by four goals. And on Wednesday night, it's where Oshie and the Washington Capitals earned a spot in the Stanley Cup Final, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning by four goals. The Caps toppled Tampa Bay 4-0 in a decisive Game 7 to win the Eastern Conference Final.
WINNIPEG—NHL tradition is to avoid touching the conference championship trophy. It is considered by some bad luck. After all, it's not the trophy NHL teams ultimately want to win. But the Vegas Golden Knights aren't exactly doing things in the traditional way this season. Defenseman Deryk Engelland picked up the Clarence Campbell Bowl and paraded it around Bell MTS Place on Sunday afternoon in a surreal scene.
Rick Wilson started his coaching career as an assistant at UND under Gino Gasparini. He spent two years on that job. In the first year, UND played for the NCAA national championship. In the second year, UND won the national championship. That kickstarted a lengthy coaching career that included 30 years in the NHL and a Stanley Cup. That career came to an end Friday, when Wilson announced his retirement.
Tom Wynne acknowledges that UND's tennis rosters will look different in the future. "We're not that team anymore where if you're a local kid that made it to the high school tournament, you're going to get a chance to play," the UND tennis coach said. "Now, it's 'what's your national ranking?' It's changing really quickly." Using scholarships to recruit for the first time, the men's tennis team announced a three-man signing class for next season with players hailing from across the ocean—Great Britain, Serbia and Croatia.
Chris Larson had a revelation when covering the North Dakota girls state hockey tournament last season. "My experience with girls hockey in covering the state tournament is that there's not enough coverage for girls hockey in the state of North Dakota," Larson said. Larson, the Grand Forks-based program director for the web-based Digital North Media broadcasting, immediately started working on plans to address that. It led to Tuesday night's announcement that he will webcast all Grand Forks KnightRiders home games next season.
The Round 1 battle between the last two North Dakota state girls tennis team champions went to West Fargo Sheyenne on Tuesday afternoon. The Round 1 battle between the last two North Dakota state girls singles champions went to Grand Forks Red River. In a potential preview of the team state championship and singles state championship—both of which will be played in Grand Forks later this month—each side walked away with something to show for it.
WINNIPEG—Perhaps, the Winnipeg Whiteout can be tamed after all. Since winning 13 games in a row in Bell MTS Place, the Winnipeg Jets have suddenly lost three of the last four in front of their vaunted crowd—the latest being a 3-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of their Western Conference final. The best-of-seven series is now tied 1-1 with Games 3 and 4 scheduled for Las Vegas on Wednesday and Friday.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba—The Winnipeg Whiteout can be tamed after all. Since winning 13 games in a row in Bell MTS Place, the Winnipeg Jets have suddenly lost three of the last four in front of their vaunted crowd—the latest a 3-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights Monday, May 14, in Game 2 of the Western Conference final. The series is now tied 1-1 with Games 3 and 4 scheduled for Las Vegas this week.
UND incoming freshman Jacob Bernard-Docker joined some elite company Monday afternoon. Bernard-Docker was named the Canadian Junior Hockey League's top defenseman, earning an honor that has been won by NHL first-round draft picks Cale Makar (UMass) and Dante Fabbro (Boston University) the past two years. Bernard-Docker beat out four other finalists for the award, which is handed to the top blue liner among the 10 Junior A leagues in Canada. Bernard-Docker had 20 goals and 41 points in 49 regular-season games for the Okotoks Oilers in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
Grand Forks Red River is not going to have much margin for error this postseason. It won't be the same as some of its girls tennis teams that have won 15 of the past 16 North Dakota state championships. That's why Thursday's dual was a good test for the Roughriders. Red River played a Grand Forks Central team that has showed an ability to win at every position in the lineup this season. Red River passed that test and beat the Knights 6-3 at University Park.