Brad E. Schlossman / Forum News Service
FARGO --The NCAA Division I Council passed legislation Friday, April 19, to take a big bite out of early recruiting in college hockey. Beginning May 1, coaches will be barred from having any communication with prospects until Jan. 1 of the prospect’s sophomore year. In the past, prospects were allowed to initiate contact at any time. The legislation also bans unofficial visits until Jan. 1 of the prospect’s sophomore year and official visits -- which are paid by the school -- until Aug. 1 before the prospect’s junior year.
FARGO -- Fargo has landed yet another NCAA hockey regional. Fargo’s Scheels Arena will be the host of the NCAA Midwest Regional in 2021. The NCAA announced the next two years of regional sites on Friday, April 19. Next season, the four regional sites will be Albany, N.Y., Worcester, Mass., Allentown, Pa., and Loveland, Colo. In 2020-21, the four regional sites will be Bridgeport, Ct., Manchester, N.H., Fargo and Loveland.
The NCAA Division I Council started a two-day meeting Thursday in Indianapolis that could result in significant changes to recruiting in men’s hockey. Two proposals are on the table that are aimed at delaying recruiting timelines and putting a dent in early recruiting. Both proposals would ban contact between men’s hockey prospects and coaching staffs until Jan. 1 of the prospect’s sophomore year. Currently, prospects are allowed to contact coaching staffs at any time, which has led to increasingly young recruiting.
Goals were hard to find this weekend in the NCAA hockey tournament. In fact, this was the lowest-scoring regional weekend since the NCAA tournament switched to its current 16-team format in 2003. There were only 50 goals scored in the 12 NCAA regional games, eclipsing the previous low of 55 set in 2004. Unless Denver, UMass, Minnesota Duluth and Providence combine for 17 goals in three games at the NCAA Frozen Four in Buffalo’s KeyBank Center, it will also become the lowest-scoring NCAA hockey tournament ever.
GRAND FORKS -- Grant Mismash’s season might be over. It might have ended when his left knee collided with St. Cloud State captain Jimmy Schuldt’s knee in the third period of Friday night’s game in Ralph Engelstad Arena. But that doesn’t mean the University of North Dakota's season has ended, too. With Mismash out of the lineup, UND responded with arguably its most resounding performance of the year, blowing by No. 1 St. Cloud State 5-1 in front of 11,956 in Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday, Jan. 26, to grab a series split.
GRAND FORKS -- Adam Scheel was vomiting all night and this morning. When he arrived at Ralph Engelstad Arena at 9 a.m. for morning skate, the coaching staff sent him home to get rest and fluids. “It was concerning,” said University of North Dakota coach Brad Berry, who is already without injured goalie Peter Thome. “We sent him home right away. He got some fluids. I don’t think he ate a whole lot, but he got some fluids in him. He came back to the rink with a smile on his face, ready to go. I’m proud of him for digging in and finding a way to get it done.”
GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota looked to be on the verge of another perplexing defeat. Despite outshooting and outchancing Colorado College for much of the game, the Tigers scored back-to-back goals at the start of the third to take a one-goal lead. But, finally, UND wrote a new ending to the story.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University of North Dakota entered the weekend a perfect 26-0-0 against teams currently in Atlantic Hockey. That run started in 1966 with a win over Army in St. Paul. It stayed alive with a come-from-behind win over Niagara in the 2013 NCAA tournament and it survived an overtime game with Air Force in 2014. But that perfect mark came to a stunning end in downtown Buffalo on Friday night, when UND lost to Canisius College 3-1 in front of 1,511 fans in HarborCenter.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota outshot Alaska Anchorage 78-32 in a two-game series last season. You would think those numbers would have led to a pair of easy wins, but it turn out exactly like that. Both games went to overtime; one ended in a tie, the other in a UND overtime win.
GRAND FORKS — Tucker Poolman texted his father, Mark, late Monday afternoon, Oct. 9, to tell him the news: He was going to make his NHL debut with the Winnipeg Jets in a couple of hours. Mark responded: "Work hard, have fun." It was the only thing to say. "It's the same thing I said to him every day since peewees and squirts," Mark said. "Why would I change now?" Poolman became the first hockey player from East Grand Forks, Minn., to play in the NHL on Monday night when he suited up for the Jets in Edmonton against the Oilers.