Women’s Hockey Team Mid-Season Reflection
Sydney Conley focus on the puck | Photo Courtesy of Dalen Dahl

Women’s Hockey Team Mid-Season Reflection

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point women’s hockey team currently stands at 11-7-2.

In early January, the team went on a winning streak, having won three games in a row. Head Coach Ann Ninnemann said that a positive aura and chemistry played a role in the team’s success.

Logan Harper takes the face off | Photo Courtesy of Dalen Dahl

Logan Harper takes the face off | Photo Courtesy of Dalen Dahl

“They are excited to be here, which adds a whole other dynamic to coming in and competing. And then also in January coming back when there were not many people taking classes put more of a focus on hockey,” Ninnemann said.

Ninnemann describes team captains Ellie Punnett and Meredith Ingbretson to be instrumental in holding the team together and feels that they have stepped up this season.

However, Ninnemann admitted that this season has not been without its struggles. The roster is small and the team is young, with Ingbretson being the only senior.

“The season gets long and especially being around the same people every week, but I think it’s just picking apart the positive pieces and focusing on the development and growth. We are in a good place team chemistry wise and continue to keep it fun, energetic and exciting every day at practice,” Ninneman said.

Ali Biagini, junior forward, disclosed that this season the team’s record is not as good compared to previous seasons and as a result, they have not been as successful as they had hoped.

Ali Biagini takes a shot during warm–ups | Photo Courtesy of Dalen Dahl

Ali Biagini takes a shot during warm–ups | Photo Courtesy of Dalen Dahl

“We have a lot of hard workers this year. In years past we have done really good, but this year we have potential to grow for years to come,” Biagini said.

Biagini believes winning steak occur, in part, from the mindset that the players have before stepping on the ice.

“It has a lot to do with who we are playing. I feel like when we try to think about who we are playing I feel like that’s when we don’t play good. I think when we just go out there and play we get our winning streaks going and just play as a team at that point,” Biagini said.

Ingbretson, like Biagini, is a forward and described being the only senior on the team as different. Ingbretson said that many of the freshman this season are filling big roles.

As it is her last season, Ingbretson hopes to win the conference and is thankful for the support system that her teammates have provided her with.

“I think some of the biggest takeaways are the friendships and just being part of the team. I will have friends for life from these past four years,” Ingbretson said.

 

Caroline Chalk

Reporter

cchal845@uwsp.edu

 

 

About Anyon Rettinger

Anyon Rettinger
I am a senior at UW-Stevens Point studying communication with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in vocal performance music. As the co-editor-in-chief, I write editorials occasionally and focus my energy into managing the staff and administrative work. Away from The Pointer, I am the PR Director of the UWSP chapter of PRSSA, a campus tour guide, work as a communication and marketing specialist and a social media marketing consultant for CREATE Portage County. In my free time (not much), I listen to a lot of music, learn songs on piano, create graphics and digital content, and blog. I travel when I can and like to think I am a good photographer (check out my Instagram, @i.am.anyon). Follow my social media platforms to learn more about me and my work!

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