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.
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ST. CLOUD, Minn.—There was plenty to reflect upon after the University of North Dakota's 3-1 loss to St. Cloud State in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday night, Dec. 9. There was the six-minute breakdown where UND gave up all three of its goals. There was the fact that UND lost a series to St. Cloud State in this building for the first time in 16 years. But there also was the big picture.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—UND emphasized the importance of not allowing St. Cloud State very many power-play opportunities. It emphasized not falling behind in a rink that the Huskies haven't lost in all season. So, the fact that UND was able to gain a 2-2 tie on Friday night after allowing the Huskies six power plays in the first half of the game and falling behind on the scoreboard twice left UND feeling satisfied in the National Hockey Center.
GRAND FORKS — There were four seconds left and Brad Berry didn't have much of a choice. UND's head coach only had one center available to take a key defensive zone draw and try to seal a one-goal victory over Western Michigan last weekend. It was senior Johnny Simonson. Even though Simonson, a left-handed centerman, was on his weak side in the right circle, he easily swiped a clean faceoff win to the boards to seal a UND victory. The result didn't surprise Berry. Faceoff wins have become common for this year's UND team.
GRAND FORKS — For just the second time in a decade, the University of North Dakota will not have a player at the World Junior Championship—and that came as a surprise to head coach Brad Berry. Berry thought that freshman forward Grant Mismash, who is tied for the team lead in scoring with 14 points in 17 games, would make the U.S. roster after a strong start to the season. But Mismash was not one of the 28 players announced on the preliminary squad by USA Hockey on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 5.
GRAND FORKS — Erik Martinson was still in the press box, finishing up his nightly work after a University of North Dakota men's hockey game when media members returned from their postgame interviews. They told Martinson, the head statistician, that the opposing coach questioned whether the shots on goal were accurate that night. Specifically, then-Michigan Tech coach Jamie Russell quipped that the stat crew was doing lines of crack during the game. While most in the press box laughed at the quote, Martinson wasn't as amused.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota hockey coach Brad Berry decided to put his fourth line on the ice to start the third period. Why? "We needed a little jump and a little spark," Berry said. "You saw what happened." Cole Smith tied a 65-year-old school record by scoring seven seconds into the third period, sparking a three-goal final period and giving UND a 4-1 win Saturday night, Dec. 2, over Western Michigan in front of 11,742 in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
GRAND FORKS — Cam Johnson was back in the net Friday night, Dec. 1. Austin Poganski was scoring goals. Christian Wolanin was serving up scoring chances for his teammates. This is how this season was supposed to go. After the University of North Dakota's men's hockey team found ways to win without its starting goalie and big offensive production from its top returning scorers, the box score looked more routine during a 4-3 win over Western Michigan on Friday night in front of 11,156 in Ralph Engelstad Arena.
GRAND FORKS — Offense was supposed to be Western Michigan's problem this season. The Broncos lost three of the top 13 goal-scorers in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in would-be junior Matheson Iacopelli, who signed with the Chicago Blackhawks, senior Sheldon Dries and would-be junior Griffen Molino, who signed with the Vancouver Canucks.
GRAND FORKS — In elementary school, Colton Poolman's class had a reading contest. The reward was simple—a candy bar or a soda—but Poolman went all in. He read as much as he could. The habit stuck. Poolman dove into book series, like Harry Potter, as he got older. When he was bored playing junior hockey, he either read books at his apartment or tried to teach himself how to play guitar.
GRAND FORKS — Cam Johnson will be back in the net for the University of North Dakota again this weekend. UND coach Brad Berry said his starting goaltender will play against Western Michigan when the teams line up for a two-game series beginning at 7:37 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Ralph Engelstad Arena. Johnson has missed the last eight games with a lower-body injury sustained during a morning skate in Madison, Wis. The injury occurred during the last rep of the last drill in morning skate on Nov. 3.