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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GRAND FORKS — Throughout the weekend, Cole Smith was keeping a close eye on MSU-Mankato goaltender Dryden McKay. He noticed something. "He kind of had some iffy plays with the puck under pressure the whole weekend," Smith said. "I think I almost picked one off on the Friday night game as well. It was just kind of a thing for us to get pressure on the goalie all night." With Saturday night's game tied 3-3 late in the third period, that attentiveness paid off.
GRAND FORKS—Offense was not a problem for the University of North Dakota on Friday night, Oct. 19. The Fighting Hawks scored four times, doubled their output from the entire last weekend, threw 38 shots on net and generated chances like no other time this season. But just as the offense arrived, the defense and goaltending disappeared, and UND lost to MSU-Mankato 7-4 in front of 11,304 in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
GRAND FORKS — In the span of three days, the University of North Dakota set its future at the goaltender position. Cam Rowe, the top uncommitted draft-eligible goalie, gave a verbal commitment Wednesday, Oct. 17, to play college hockey at UND. Rowe, a 6-foot-2, 201-pound netminder from Wilmette, Ill., had been committed to Omaha but reopened his recruitment this fall. His commitment comes just two days after UND picked up a verbal from Grand Forks native Kaleb Johnson.
GRAND FORKS — Before his weekly Wednesday, Oct. 17, 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. "I thought our intensity, our tenacity and our work ethic was good," Berry said. "It was very good. It's the details part of the game that have to be better. The encouraging thing is that we can be better on the details part. Once you lose your tenacity or passion, then you've got a problem. We don't have that problem.
(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.) GRAND FORKS—It didn't take long for the coaches to worry. By the time the National Collegiate Hockey Conference announced it would be an eight-team league in September 2011—adding St. Cloud State and Western Michigan to the group of six that previously announced—the coaches had started examining the future. They looked at the most recent NCAA tournament.
GRAND FORKS—Nick Jones offered optimism after the University of North Dakota's exhibition and season-opening games that the team's offense would eventually come around. Not Saturday night, Oct. 13. 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. "Unacceptable," Jones said. "Disappointing. You can't have that. To come out with a loss and a tie, embarrassing is the only word I've got.
GRAND FORKS — 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. He rallied from down a set to beat Wu 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13, in Choice Health and Fitness. "It feels great," Janes said. "I'm happy everyone was here to see it and cheer me on. It was great."
(Editor's note: This is Part 2 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.) The National Collegiate Hockey Conference was introduced to the college hockey world at a July 13, 2011, press conference in Colorado Springs. While the athletic directors expressed genuine excitement about the new league, they were also just getting started with behind-the-scenes work. The biggest tasks on hand were finding a commissioner and setting up the league's financial structure.
(Editor's note: This is Part 1 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). GRAND FORKS — The first meeting happened on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. Six representatives from four schools met in a small conference room at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel. They sat in a circle with an easel board behind them.
The Saturday, Oct. 5, exhibition game against the University of Manitoba (7:07 p.m., Ralph Engelstad Arena) doesn't mean anything in the standings or the Pairwise Rankings for the University of North Dakota. But there's quite a bit on the line for players who are trying to carve out their spots in the lineup before next week's regular-season opener. Here are five storylines to watch: 1. Can Collin Adams emerge as a top-six winger?