• Monica Rivera

Men's hockey team starts season strong

MSU freshman Rhett Lough (center) and University of Jamestown's Bryson Yee, battle for the puck.  MSU defeated Jamestown, 3-0, last week at the Maysa arena.  Photo by Sam Wise

Minot State University's men’s hockey team started its season with high expectations and are 4-0 following victories against the Oklahoma Sooners and the Jamestown Jimmies.

"We expect to be in the finals," junior forward Dylan Johnson said.

Last year the team finished its season with a record 30 wins and five losses. Their year ended in the semifinals Division I ACHA national tournament ranking third in the nation.

The team has ten seniors, six juniors, five sophomores, and six freshman. These seniors have played three years together which has not only created an amazing chemistry on ice but has gotten them to the final four twice in the tournament.

"We have built a team culture where we are one," coach Wade Regier said.

Regier is entering his eighth season as director of hockey operations and head coach. Regier received the ACHA coach-of-the-year award in 2013 and again in 2017.

Through practice and preparation, the team plans will hold each other accountable each step of the way.

"Defense is the best part of our game and if we maintain our defensive attitude our scorers will put up the offensive numbers," junior goalie Holden Kurtz said.

The team also knows success is a season-long effort.

"I believe that we will reach success by not only being a tough team to play against but by out-working the other teams on every single aspect of the game. If that's all in line, we will get that national championship," senior defensemen and captain Eric Bollerfer said.

The Beavers host Jamestown Oct. 14 at the Maysa Arena.

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