only winning 13 games last season, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
women’s hockey team already has five wins for this young season.
Pointers currently hold a record of 5-1-2, including an undefeated conference
record of 4-0-2.
we’ve had a great start,” said Head Coach Ann Ninnemann. “We’ve kind of eased
into it. We haven’t had our toughest competition yet, but it’s coming up in the
Pointers are set to continue their tough conference schedule this weekend, when
they travel to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The Falcons are
undefeated at home this season.
got some tough games coming up this weekend,” Ninnemann said. “River Falls will
be the true test to see where we’re at.”
reason for the team’s success so far has been the emergence of some new faces
to the program.
of our new players, including nine freshmen, have definitely stepped up,”
Ninnemann said. “It’s been great to see them come in and contribute because we
are definitely going to need them.”
explained that the team’s top three lines have evened out their scoring this
season. “It’s unusual for a team to have three great powerful lines up front,”
the even scoring attack and new players stepping up, other facets of the game
have also improved.
goal tending has been a lot better this year than it has been in the past,
along with our defense,” Ninnemann said.
“We’ve put the stress on defense, and
we’ve become a defense-first team.
Point uses a goalie in committee style. Sophomores Janna Beilke-Skoug and
Hillary Drake have both started multiple times in goal for the Pointers.
Beilke-Skoug leads the team with 94 saves on the season.
led in scoring by junior forwards Cassandra Salmen and Allie Tanzer, who both
have a team high of seven goals. Salmen has also contributed four assists for a
team high of 11 points.
has also had a remarkable start to her season. Having only taken 14 shots on
goal, Tanzer has made 50 percent of the shots she’s taken.
Ninnemann is pleased with the team’s performance so far, she explained that
there are always things to improve.
we wish the loss and the two ties were a different story, but we’ve learned a
lot of our lessons,” Ninnemann said.
main aspect of the game that Ninnemann described was that the team needs to
become more consistent.
are times where we go out and have a good period, and then we’ll come in and
have a bad period or start slow,” Ninnemann said. “It’s about being consistent
through an entire game and an entire weekend, just playing to the level we are
Pointers can become consistent, Ninnemann said that they are going to be a
scary team to face. “We were picked to finish sixth or seventh in the
conference. That’s way below our expectations,” Ninnemann said.