• Troy Kowal

Beavers hockey is a hot topic on the ice and moving up

Minot States women’s hockey team has had a strong start to the season, with a 15-1 record. As of Nov. 20, the Beavers are number one in the west region of Women’s Division II American Collegiate Hockey Association. As the Beavers head into the winter break, they are on a three-game winning streak, and once they are back, they have twelve more games including seven more home games.

“We’ve been beating opponents ranked higher than us. (We’re a) little less nervous and more comfortable with the team this year,” team captain Sami Jo Henry said about the season.

The team is planning to move up to the ACHA women’s Division I next year.

“We’ve beat all Division I teams we’ve played, which shows we can compete in Division I, which we are moving up to next year,” Henry said “(We’re) excited to move to Division I, and it’s going to be a really good challenge for our team.”

Head coach of the women’s team, Ryan Miner, talked about the move coming next year.

“(It’s) gonna be an exciting experience. We are trying to grow our program, and this is the next step to do that,” Miner stated. “The competition level is going to be a lot stronger which is nice. This year we’ve played some Division I teams and beat all of them, so we know we can beat them.”

The Beavers’ next home game to take on the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire is Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Maysa Arena.

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