The women’s hockey team had their first home game on Nov. 13 against the Bethel University Royals. The team came out strong at the start of the game, leading in shots throughout. Ending with a 4-2 loss for the Cardinals, it was a tough game for the team. However, junior Taylor Pogreba commented, “the home opener was a good start to the season.”
A big scramble in front of the net at during the third period brought some excitement for the spectators. Several penalties for Bethel during the third provided scoring opportunities for the Cardinals, including senior Katie LeTourneau’s goal on a Cardinal power play. With the score at 3-2 in favor of Bethel with just under three minutes remaining, the Cardinals made an attempt to tie things up by pulling Shields from the net. This led to Bethel’s Sarina Goos scoring an empty net goal to bring the score to a final 4-2 at the end of the game.
The Cardinals lost 4-2 to Bethel University on Nov. 13
Photo by Shannon Genereau
Overall, both teams worked hard, which made for an exciting game. “We accomplished some good things we had worked on all week in practice,” Pogreba noted. “I’m very confident that we’ll be seeing them at playoffs, hopefully with a different outcome than last year.” With the season still largely ahead, there’s a lot of time for the team to practice.
Practice paid off when the Cardinals faced St. Olaf on Nov. 20 and 21. McKenna Parent and Jamie Henderson accounted for both of the team’s goals in their 2-1 win on Saint Mary’s ice on Friday. On Saturday, Parent, Henderson, and Kassie Lien formed the main offensive line and won a 3-1 conference victory for the team.
Read more about the Cardinals’ sweep over St. Olaf on the Saint Mary’s Sports website.