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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Mike Mannausau stood in the back of the room, applauding Bill Chaves as he was introduced as the new athletic director at UND on Tuesday. Mannausau, the executive director of the UND Champions Club, was one of four finalists for the job and hoped to take over as athletic director at his alma mater. But the former UND football player and defensive coordinator also said he will have no problem working with Chaves going forward.
The UND men's hockey team ended the nonconference portion of its schedule Saturday with a game that perfectly summed up its nonconference season. It wasn't exactly what UND wanted. But it was good enough and the Fighting Hawks will take it. UND tied Bemidji State 2-2 in front of 11,868 fans in Ralph Engelstad Arena to put its nonconference record at 6-2-4. UND had one sweep (St. Lawrence), three wins and ties (Alaska Anchorage, Wisconsin, Bemidji State), one split (Minnesota) and one loss and tie (Union).
UND 2, Bemidji State 2, tie The story: Bemidji State forged a 2-2 tie thanks to a goal midway through the third period. Kyle Bauman's shot from the circle hit the skates of teammate Dillon Eichstadt and defender Colton Poolman before going in the back of the net. Christian Wolanin and Nick Jones scored for the Fighting Hawks.
UND has hired Bill Chaves from Eastern Washington as the school's next athletic director. A press conference is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday to introduce Chaves. Chaves interviewed for the job on Wednesday and Thursday this week. The other finalists were Western Michigan senior associate athletic director Monty Porter, UND Champions Club executive director Mike Mannausau and Texas-San Antonio deputy athletic director Kellie Elliott.
BEMIDJI—Seven games into the season, Austin Poganski was one of just two players on the UND men's hockey roster without a point. The captain vowed he wouldn't change his game, though. He said his focus was on playing his bruising style of hockey—finishing checks, being a pest defensively and not taking any shortcuts to rack up statistics. If he did that, Poganski said, the points would eventually come. Sure enough, they're coming.
UND 5, Bemidji State 1 The story: Austin Poganski and Nick Jones both scored two goals as UND snapped Bemidji State's nine-game unbeaten streak, the program's longest in more than a decade, with a 5-1 win. Jones also added an assist for a three-point game and Trevor Olson added an empty-netter. The Fighting Hawks have outscored their opponents 11-1 in the last two games.
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 No. 7 UND vs. Bemidji State When: 7:07 tonight, 7:07 p.m. Saturday. Where: Sanford Center, Bemidji tonight; Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday. TV: MidcoSN on Saturday only. Radio: The Fox (96.1 FM).
Q. What has been your favorite road trip so far this season? A. Wisconsin. It was a great atmosphere and it was my first game. My family was there. It was a lot of fun—the whole weekend. Q. What's one thing Grand Forks needs to get? A. Chipotle. I'm going to stick with the crowd here. Or I'm going to say a Jersey Mike's subs. It's in the Cities, Chicago. Q. Who is the best player you've ever played against? A. Clayton Keller. Q. What's your favorite hockey movie? A. Miracle. Q. Is a hot dog a sandwich? A. No. Absolutely not.
Two-time UND captain Chay Genoway will be an Olympian. Genoway was named to Canada's Olympic hockey team Thursday and will represent the back-to-back gold medalists at the 2018 PyeongChang games in South Korea next month. Genoway, of Morden, Man., played at UND from 2006-11 and served as captain for his final two seasons. Genoway earned All-American honors twice, leading UND to the NCAA Frozen Four as a senior. Genoway currently plays for Lada Togliatti (Finland) in the KHL.
Hall of Famers Steve Yzerman and Rob Blake hovered outside the Bemidji State locker room after a game against Bowling Green last month. The two NHL legends were there on business. They are the general managers of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings -- and they wanted to have a word with Bemidji State sophomore defenseman Zach Whitecloud. They weren’t alone that night.