• Monica Rivera

Minot State women's hockey wrapping up conference play

Minot State’s women’s hockey team is at the end of their successful conference season. The women are ranked second in the American Collegiate Hockey Association with a record of 17 wins, four losses, and one tie.

Recently, captain Sami Jo Henry earned the Women’s Midwest College Hockey Player of the Month award as a forward and Jordan Ivanco received the Rookie of the Month honor; both awards were for their play in January.

“The games we have after conference are the national tournament games, and I am very excited to play in those. We have worked so hard all season and this is what we have been preparing for. Motivation will be easy for us, knowing we have lost the previous two championships. Going in with that on our backs, I think that will help even more. Knowing it is coming up very soon is exciting, as well,” Henry said.

Ivanco agreed with Henry.

“After the conference, I am most looking forward to nationals. This will be the time when we show how we play under pressure and how situations will be handled at a high level of competition. It is a great opportunity with how far we have come. We’ve worked so hard to get here,” Ivanco said.

With the Beavers sweep this past weekend, they stay second going into tournament play.

“The best thing I noticed this season is how our team clicks on and off the ice, allowing us to become more successful playing-wise and giving us the opportunity to be where we are today,” Ivanco said.

Henry expressed that the Beavers are a team that meshes well.

“Something I would not change is the group of girls we have on this team. We all get along very well and have been through the ups and downs of a season together. We have pushed very strong in this second half and look to come out with a title together. I think that would be a pretty special moment,” Henry said.

The Lady Beavers defeated the University of Minnesota on Feb. 22 2-0 and again on Feb. 23 with a score of 7-1. The team will have exhibition games on Friday and Saturday. As of the printing of this publication, the teams that the Beavers will play had not been announced. Visit www.msubeavers.com for schedule information.

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