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ISSUE 118 VOL 13 PUBLISHED 3/11/2005

Semifinal loss ends women’s hockey season

By Marjorie Thirlby
Sports Editor

Friday, March 11, 2005

The Ole women’s hockey team endured a loss that ended their 2004-05 season March 3. The ladies were defeated by St. Thomas 8-1 in their semifinal conference match. A victory would have allowed the Oles to advance to the championship round of the 2005 MIAC Tournament.

Susannah Brokl ’06 scored the Oles’ only goal with 18:55 left in the second period. Brokl’s goal closed the gap to a 4-1 St. Thomas lead.

The Tommies gave an impressive performance, scoring three goals in the second period over a seven-minute stretch. Their goalie, Becky Kilpatrick, saved 20 shots. Tanaya Reitz put two goals on the board along with one assist. The Tommies also showed their strength by out-shooting the Oles 34-21.

“They came out hard,” Lindsay Weier ‘06 said. “In the first period, they only scored two, but after they got to four, they just kept on going.”

St. Thomas did in fact keep on going. They advanced to the MIAC Championship game against number one Gustavus on March 5, but were defeated in double overtime by the Gusties.

Although the Oles were hoping to extend their season they are proud of their accomplishments.

The women finished off their season 13-4-1. They set a school record for wins, improving their previous season’s mark by two wins.

“We want to use this year as a stepping stone,” Weier said. “Last year, we had about twenty-two points total, and this year we had twenty-seven. We also picked up more games this year.”

The women also completed their season with several standout players. Lindsay Boeser ’08, Kerry Rollwagen ‘05, Susannah Brokl ’07 and Lindsay Weier ’06 were all named to the 2004-05 MIAC All-Conference team Tuesday.

The Oles will have a new team chemistry next season, as seven seniors will be graduating this year. The team is well-aware of the change.

“The seniors had a huge impact on the morale and cohesiveness of our team,” Weier said. “They truly held our team together.”

At the same time, the Oles will have seven dynamic sophomores stepping up their level of play.

Despite a tough loss and end to their season, the women’s hockey team is looking forward to next season. The Oles have a great amount of potential to dominate the ice.

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