Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 10th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2014, he was named one of the top three beat writers 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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UND will turn to Clarke Saunders to try to keep its nine-game unbeatean streak intact. Starting goaltender Zane Gothberg sustained a lower-body injury late in practice Tuesday and will be out indefinitely. UND coach Dave Hakstol said that he won't even be able to have a timeline on Gothberg's return date for another week or two.
Get ready for a wild finish in the first season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. At the midway point of league play -- all eight members have played 12 of 24 conference games -- five teams are within three points, or one game, of first place. St. Cloud State is in the driver's seat with 23 points. UND and Denver -- two teams that will play this weekend in Magness Arena -- are tied for second with 21, along with Nebraska Omaha.
Connor Gaarder started the game with a goal. Andrew Panzarella and Derek Rodwell followed. They may not be UND's prototypical goal-scorers, yet Saturday night's 4-2 win over Bemidji State at Ralph Engelstad Arena was a typical route to victory for a team that's starting to find its identity. "Sounds about right," UND coach Dave Hakstol said. "That's what it has been through the year. We've got some guys who score more than others, but any time we've had good nights, we've always had guys chipping in from different areas. It's not a surprise. It's not something that's off the charts.
The UND women's hockey team knows quite a bit about being in this position. "This is like the fourth year in a row where, in the second half of January and February, we have almost must-win games," UND coach Brian Idalski said. So even though UND had some ups and downs Saturday afternoon, Idalski was quite pleased with his team's 3-1 victory over St.
BEMIDJI -- When asked what UND could do better in tonight's series finale, Rocco Grimaldi had to pause and think. The UND sophomore forward eventually came up with an answer, but the truth is that UND did just about everything it could in a 1-1 tie against Bemidji State at the Sanford Center on Friday night. Final shots on goal: 43-15 UND. Final shots attempted: 87-32 UND. Time of possession: That was lopsided, too. Bemidji State goaltender Andrew Walsh single handedly led the Beavers to a tie in front of 4,512, consistently shutting down UND's Grade A opportunities, which were plentiful
Q. What is your nickname on the team? A. My nicknames are Goose and Oz. Q. How did you get them? A. I'm not really sure. I think Oz was from my last name. I'm not sure how I got the nickname Goose. It just kind of stuck. It started at the Program (National Team Development Program). Guys heard about it here and started calling me it here. Q. What's your favorite TV show? A. My favorite TV show is Entourage. Q. What's your favorite movie? A. My favorite movie is Inception. Q.
Her name barely showed up in the box score Saturday night. Becca Kohler had just a lone, second assist in UND's 4-1 win against the University of Wisconsin. But the play of the sophomore forward during that game has the UND women's hockey coaching staff excited about what's in store for the rest of the season. For large portions of the game, Kohler was the most dominant player on the ice, using her skating, size and skills to consistently maintain puck possession and generating scoring chances against a stingy Badger team. "There were times last weekend where she was totally dominant," UND
Not many UND players will forget the team's last trip to the Sanford Center. Technically, it's not the game that they all remember. It's the following day. After putting together a lackluster performance and losing 1-0 on a Sunday afternoon in Bemidji, UND players were called to practice at 6 a.m. Monday morning. There were no pucks at that practice. Just skating. A lot of it. That wake-up call in 2011 eventually jump-started UND to a furious finish, a Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five title and a No.
High above Ralph Engelstad Arena, Mike Schmitt gets ready for another night. He arrives at his chair in the press box, slips on his glasses and sets his notebook on the desk. On one side of the paper, he writes the name of one referee. On the other side of the paper, he writes the name of the other official who is calling that night's game. It's about to get busy. Schmitt is one of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference supervisors of officials. The league strives to have someone at almost every game. Being from Minot, Schmitt is the one that frequents Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Senior Derek Rodwell was a healthy scratch for the first six games of the season. He later sat out three more games. But since returning to the lineup on Nov. 30, Rodwell has been fixture and has played a key role in leading UND to seven straight victories. The senior forward from Taber, Alta., has played on the right wing of a line centered by Connor Gaarder. Junior Stephane Pattyn has played on the left wing. That trio has scored four goals during that span, and more importantly, has been able to consistently generate momentum.