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Women's Hockey Prepares For Season Opening Weekend
Posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2006
EAU CLAIRE - The UW-Eau Claire women's hockey team will open its 2006-07 campaign on the road this weekend when it faces Bethel College and St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.
The team returns with 12 letterwinners from a year in which it went 7-12-6 and finished fifth in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA). The team loses last year's goal leader Amanda Schultz, but keeps Lauren Havard (So.-San Angelo, TX/Arapahoe) and Martina Korinek (Sr.-White Bear Lake, MN), both of whom were honored by the NCHA last season. Havard was named to the second team while Korinek was an honorable mention. Havard led Eau Claire in points (26), power-play goals (8), and assists (15) while her 11 goals were good for second. The team will also lose last year's staring goalie Jill Arendt.
Bethel has yet to play this season as well. Friday's game will also be the first game under new Royals coach Charlie Burggraf, who had spent the last two seasons as an assistant at the University of Minnesota. The Royals went 11-10-3 last season in the school's first winning season and took third in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Key losses to the team include All-MIAC players Heidi Govednik and scoring leader Lisa Kinney. The team returns starting goalie Beth Spurrier with fellow All-MIAC honorees Bethany Murphy and Sandra Felten. Murphy led in assists last season with 12 and tied for second in points at 21.
St. Thomas is ranked eighth in the nation and also has not played this season. The team is coming off a season where it went 21-5-1 and took second in the MIAC but then lost the in the MIAC title game. The team lost two All-Americans in goalie Becky Kilpatrick and forward Tanaya Reitz. The Tommies also lose All-MIAC forwards Maureen Hardwick and Melanie Drake. Rietz and Hardwick rank in the top 10 for the MIAC for career scoring. Returning All-MIAC honorees include Katie Jetland in goal as well as Maggie Toft and Jackie Carroll.
The Blugolds are 8-0 all-time versus Bethel and 1-3 against St. Thomas. Last year's matchup saw the Tommies winning 3-2 in OT.
Friday's game starts at 7:00 p.m. while Saturday's contest is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.