Both the men’s and women’s hockey teams at the University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point are set to begin their season next week.
The men open the season Tuesday, October 23rd, at home against
Lake Forest College. The women play on Friday, October 26th, against St. Olaf
The Pointer men will look to build off last season, when they
finished with a record of 14-11-4 and made it to the Northern Collegiate Hockey
Association final, losing to St. Norbert College.
The Pointer women finished with a 13-12-2 record last season and
ended the season winning four of their last six games.
The men come into the new season ready to play after a vigorous
off-season training schedule.
“The team has worked hard physically to reach their off-season
goals. Our players have a workout routine that is hockey-specific that helps
prepare them for this upcoming season,” said the men’s head coach, Chris Brooks
Coach Brooks’ expectations for this season are simple enough. “I
expect our team to compete hard every night, whether at home or on the road,”
This season, the team wants to focus on a high-paced,
high-intensity, high-discipline game with structure to everything they do,
“We need to do everything with a purpose,” said Brooks. “It will
be important for each player of our team to push each other to be their best
The men will look to new team captain, senior forward Jerry
Freismuth, who finished 4th in total points last season with 15. Junior Forward
Kyle Heck, who racked up a team high of 27 points last season, will also be
pivotal to the Pointers’ success.
Even with Heck and Freismuth in the fold, Brooks will be looking
to the whole team to play a big role this season.
“We have expectations for everyone on our team, and every player
will play a part in our success,” Brooks said. “No one player is more important
than the next, and everyone will play a critical role on our team.”
The women’s team has also put in plenty of work to prepare for a
“Our coaching staff did a lot of reevaluating in the offseason of
our systems, training, team composition and every other aspect of the game,”
said head coach Ann Ninnemann.
“Our team put a lot of time in off on the ice so that we can come
in prepared for our season,” Ninnemann said. “We don’t have much time between
the first day of practice and our first game.”
The expectations for the women’s team are very high this season.
“We expect to do very well this year,” Ninnemann said.
“We’ve just barely missed out on hosting playoffs the last couple
years by one point, so that is one major goal that we would like to accomplish
this year,” Ninnemann said.
The team also hopes to peak late in the season and bring home the
O’Brien Cup in their last season in the NCHA.
Coach Ninnemann expects a lot of players to step up their game
“Senior forwards Michelle Lunneborg and Brooke Hanso, have a lot
on the line to make their last year their best year and will make the step,”
Ninnemann said. “They all put in their time in the off-season and know what it
takes to get to the top and will step up and lead the way.”
For more information,
schedules, and rosters for both men’s and women’s teams, check out athletics.