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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For four years, the date Feb. 22 has been circled on the calendar for a core group of U.S. women's hockey players, including Grand Forks natives Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux and Warroad's Gigi Marvin. That date finally arrived Wednesday night. The U.S. and Canada played for the gold medal in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea. The teams were tied 1-1 in the second period.
It was quiet last summer at Cushman Field. The stands were empty. Nobody was there watching. Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux sprinted around the track, working on their conditioning. Their old Grand Forks Central cross country coach, Sean Allan, happened to be there, too, working with two-time state champion Karly Ackley and Alexis Roehl. "They were training for regionals," Monique said. "They were training for something bigger than just Grand Forks Central cross country." So were the Lamoureux twins.
For the third straight Olympic Games, Grand Forks natives Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux and Warroad's Gigi Marvin will come home with a medal. This time, they hope it will be gold. The Lamoureuxs and Marvin sent the Americans back to the gold-medal game late Sunday night with a 5-0 win over Finland in the semifinals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Marvin scored the game's first goal just 2 minutes, 25 seconds into the opening period—her second of the Olympics.
It's a new site, but Wednesday night, the U.S. women's hockey team had the same problem. They struggled to score against Canada. Through two periods, the Americans trailed Canada 2-0 in a pool play game at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea. The Canadians used goals by Meghan Agosta and Sarah Nurse to build the lead against their biggest rival. The Americans threw 32 shots on Canadian goaltender Genevieve Lacasse, but couldn't get one to go. It was a familiar story.
The Lamoureux line got started in the Olympics by scoring Team USA’s first goal. On Tuesday, it kept going by breaking an Olympic record. Grand Forks native Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored two goals in the span of six seconds, setting an all-time Olympic mark, during USA’s 5-0 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia. Lamoureux’s quick strikes broke fastest-goal records for both the women’s and men’s side. The women’s record was previously held by Canada’s Caroline Ouellette, who scored twice in 16 seconds during the 2006 Turin Games.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota put its big line back together Saturday and it delivered once again. Shane Gersich and Austin Poganski each had a goal and an assist as UND beat Colorado College 5-1 to gain a series split. The line of Gersich, Poganski and Rhett Gardner has combined for 17 points in the last three games that they've played together. Joel Janatuinen broke a seven-game point drought with a two-goal game and Grant Mismash added a goal and an assist as the Fighting Hawks broke out offensively.
GRAND FORKS—Rhett Gardner zipped up and down the ice Wednesday at practice, getting ready to play his first game in nearly a month. "He's all in," University of North Dakota coach Brad Berry said. And he's about to be put right to work. Gardner, UND's first-line center, is expected to draw the assignment of playing against Colorado College's dominant top line of Mason Bergh, Nick Halloran and Trey Bradley when the teams play a two-game series this weekend in Ralph Engelstad Arena (7:37 p.m. Friday, 7:07 p.m. Saturday).
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota associate coach Dane Jackson gathered the team in one of the zones at practice last week. There wasn't much moving. The players stood there and went through all of the basics of their penalty kill system after a rough couple of months highlighted by Minnesota Duluth's six power-play goal weekend against the Fighting Hawks.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota goalie Cam Johnson skated to the bench with about two minutes left, hoping his teammates would come through and tie the game. They did. Defenseman Hayden Shaw rifled a point shot that grazed a Denver defenseman and flew by goalie Tanner Jaillet with 1 minute, 32 seconds left to help the Fighting Hawks grab a 3-3 tie with Denver. The Pioneers got an extra point in National Collegiate Hockey Conference standings by winning the three-on-three portion of play on a goal by Troy Terry.
GRAND FORKS—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. And they haven't been alone this season.