North Dakota at Denver preview with writer Brad Schlossman, plus a look at possible playoff upsets: USCHO Game of the Week episode 22

Griffin Mendel of Denver, Colorado College at Denver at Magness Arena, Jan. 19, 2019 (Candace Horgan)
Denver awaits North Dakota in the quarterfinals of the NCHC (photo: Candace Horgan).

A great matchup in the NCHC quarterfinals pits North Dakota at Denver this weekend. Hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger catch up with Grand Forks Herald North Dakota beat writer Brad Schlossman to preview the series and to review the Fighting Hawks’ season.

We also take a look at some upset possibilities in playoff series across the six D-I men’s conferences.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly (@JimmyConnelly) is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger (@EdTrefzger) has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.