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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UND will wear throwback jerseys for an exhibition game in December. To honor the 60-year anniversary of UND's first NCAA national championship in 1959, the Fighting Hawks will wear the same jerseys as that team during a Dec. 29 exhibition game against the U.S. Under-18 Team. The jerseys say "Sioux" diagonally across the front and have the player numbers in the upper left. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game. Proceeds will benefit the Sioux Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarship assistance to Native American students.
One of the first jobs Mike Hastings had after being named head coach at Minnesota State-Mankato was deciding what to do about his two assistant coaches. He could keep holdovers Darren Blue and Todd Knott, who worked under fired coach Troy Jutting. Or he could start over with a fresh staff. Hastings consulted former colleague Dean Blais about it.
Before his weekly Wednesday press conference, UND coach Brad Berry had a few days to dissect UND’s season-opening loss and tie against Bemidji State. The Fighting Hawks managed just two goals in two games.
In the span of three days, UND set its future at the goaltender position. Cam Rowe, the top uncommitted draft-eligible goalie, gave a verbal commitment Wednesday to play college hockey at UND. Rowe, a 6-foot-2, 201-pound netminder from Wilmette, Ill., had previously been committed to Omaha but re-opened his recruitment this fall.
(Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of a three-part series on how the NCHC was formed and how it got to where it is today as college hockey’s dominant conference. PART 1 can be found here . PART 2 can be found here .)
Kaleb Johnson visited UND on Monday. The former Grand Forks Central goaltender spent time on campus and in Ralph Engelstad Arena from about 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the end of the day, the coaching staff made him an offer to be one of UND’s future goaltenders. Johnson didn’t take long to think about it.
Nick Jones offered optimism after UND’s exhibition and season-opening games that the team’s offense would eventually come around. Not Saturday night. After UND gave up a goal late in the third period to tie Bemidji State 1-1 in Ralph Engelstad Arena, the senior alternate captain was seething about the Fighting Hawks ending opening weekend without a win to show for it.
UND 1, Bemidji State 1, tie The story: UND scored 2:31 into the game but couldn't extend the lead and it came back to haunt the Fighting Hawks when Charlie Combs scored with just 4:14 to go in the third period to tie it 1-1. UND mustered just two goals on 56 shots in the series against the Beavers. Three stars: 1. Charlie Combs, BSU, game-tying goal; 2. Zach Driscoll, BSU, 26 saves; 3. Grant Mismash, UND, goal.
When Michael Janes lost the first set in the North Dakota state boys singles championship, he wasn’t surprised. The Bismarck Legacy senior expected a tight battle with Grand Forks Central’s Gary Wu. “I was frustrated,” Janes said, “but I just knew I had to keep fighting to get back in there.” Janes did that.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- On Friday night, it was the regular season. But it looked a lot like the exhibition six days earlier. UND generated scoring chances. It couldn’t finish nearly enough them. And this time, it culminated with a 2-1 loss in the regular-season opener to Bemidji State in the Sanford Center.