The University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point women’s hockey team dropped a weekend double header against UW-River Falls. The Pointers dropped the first game 5-2, then lost again the next night, 7-2.
The first score of the game came from Falcons senior forward Katie Flanagan, assisted by junior forward Jami Weiss and freshman defender Kendal Evenson. River Falls scored its second goal less than five minutes later on an unassisted goal by freshman forward Alice Cranston for a 2-0 Falcon lead.
Point answered just over a minute later from sophomore defender Megan Nickelson, assisted by s o p h o m o r e defender Ava Plamondon and senior forward Erin Marvin.
The second period had just one even hand score by the Falcons from Weiss on an assist from freshman forward Crysta Lowell, taking the River Falls lead to 3-1.
“Our main struggle is with communication. I think we have all the tools necessary for success, we just need to work as a team and use them,” said senior captain defender Arial Novak.
The next two scores came in the third period by sophomore forward Brianna Drude, off an assist by senior forward Emma Nordness and freshman defender Allie Olson.
The next goal came off a power play from Falcon junior defender Amanda Ryder, assisted by Nordness and Flannagen.
The last goal came on a UWSP power play when sophomore forward Cassandra Salmen capitalized on an assist from Marvin.
Despite the loss, the team seems confident they can compete down the road with the roster they have.
“Having a large group of underclassmen is great. They are hard workers, willing to learn and wanting to improve,” Novak said.
The next night featured more of the same. The Falcons scored five unanswered goals through the first two periods.
Point got on the board early in the third from a power play goal by freshman forward Hannah Smith. River Falls answered shortly after on a solo shot from Alyssa Black, taking the score to 6-1 in favor of the Falcons.
UWSP got their second goal off an Ava Plamondon goal, assisted by junior forward Michelle Lunneborg.
The Falcons’ final goal came unassisted by sophomore forward Katie Batters, securing the 7-2 victory.
The losses haven’t deterred the mentality Pointers’ mentality.
“We have some great team chemistry this year … we also have a lot of hard working kids. We always refer to ourselves as a “blue collar” team. We aren’t the flashy, super skilled players that can just throw their sticks out and win a game. We win by out working our opponents,” Novak said.
The ladies will try to rebound from the back-to-back losses in a series against St. Norbert. The Pointers travel to De Pere to face off on Friday then return home for the finale on Saturday. The puck drops Saturday at Ice Hawks Arena at 7:00 p.m.