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 UND's 3-1 loss to St. Cloud State in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on Saturday night. 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 State 3, UND 1 The story: St. Cloud State got its first series victory at home against UND since November 2001 by virtue of Saturday's victory and Friday's tie. The Huskies scored three goals in the span of 6:24 early in the second period to get all the offense they needed. Mikey Eyssimont scored two of them.
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.
UND 2, St. Cloud State 2, tie The story: UND's Cole Smith scored the game-tying goal with 10:46 left in the third to help UND gain a tie against St. Cloud State in the National Hockey Center. UND earned the extra point in the NCHC standings by winning the shootout on a Christian Wolanin goal. Three stars: 1. Cam Johnson, UND, 31 saves; 2. Ryan Poehling, SCSU, goal; 3. Rhett Gardner, UND, goal.
Q. What’s your favorite road venue in the NCHC? A. Denver. Just because of the green jerseys in the crowd. I don’t know if that’s where alumni seem to go after school at UND, but we have such a good following there, that makes it fun. It’s kind of a mixed crowd of cheers and chants. It’s a nice building, too. It’s a rivalry, too, in our conference, so I always like going there. Q. What is the one thing Grand Forks needs to get? A. Chipotle. I’m sure that’s a pretty common answer.
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.
Austin Poganski scored his first “road” point in his career in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Poganski tallied his first two-point collegiate game in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. He helped UND become the first team to post back-to-back shutouts against St. Cloud State in the building.
UND senior forward Trevor Olson is expected to be back in the lineup for this weekend’s series at St. Cloud State. Olson has missed the last 10 games due to an upper-body injury sustained Oct. 28 at Colorado College. He left that game in the second period and never returned. Olson returned to practice last week but did not play in UND's two-game series against Western Michigan.
For just the second time in a decade, UND 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.
Tickets for the NCAA West Regional, which will be held in Sioux Falls, S.D., are now on sale at www.ncaa.com/frozenfour and in person at the host facility, the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. The tickets opened up at 10 a.m. Thursday. If UND makes the 16-team NCAA tournament field, it will automatically be placed in Sioux Falls, because UND is the host of that regional.