GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Midland University began their women’s hockey season on a high note as they swept four games at the Michigan Showcase in Grand Rapids, Michigan over the weekend. The Warriors competed against Concordia-Ann Arbor, Grand Valley State, and Aquinas over the three day event.
In the season opener, Midland put up quite the defensive performance as they outshot Concordia-Ann Arbor by a count of 67 to 4. That translated on the scoreboard as the Warriors flew past the Cardinals by a score of 17-0. Thirteen different skates recorded a point during the lopsided win including Robin Hatcher who netted a hat-trick with four goals. Ally Conybear, Kamryn Hayhurst, Karenna Grothmann, and Savannah Wright nearly joined her as they scored two goals each. Conybear and Madison Hjelden were the leaders in assists with three and four respectively.
McKenna Gehner earned the win in net, playing all 60 minutes and stopping the four shots on net.
On Saturday the Warriors were back on the ice for game number two of the trip and number one of the day. They faced Grand Valley State, a team the Warriors split with a year ago at home. This year though it was a different story as Midland was clearly the better team as they shut out the Lakers, 7-0.
Maggie Marcotte lead the way scoring with a pair of goals while Conybear, Hayhurst and Hjelden all assisted on a pair of scores each. Gehner, the lone goalie for the Warriors on the trip stopped 12 shots while playing all 60 minutes.
In the late game on Saturday the Warriors kept their shutout streak going as they held Aquinas in check. The Saints were limited to 15 shots on frame, all stopped by Gehner, while Midland peppered their goalie with 43 shots, scoring five goals. Hjelden and Conybear were once again key contributors. Hjelden netted a pair of goals while Conybear assisted on three of the five scores. Gehner had 15 saves in the complete game win.
Sunday saw a rematch on the ice as Midland faced off with Grand Valley State, the better team on paper of the three teams going into the season. Once again the Warriors shutout their opponents winning 5-0. Gehner picked up her fourth shutout of the season as she stopped all 16 shots on target by the Lakers. Five different Warriors scored on the day with Wright, Hjelden, Karenna Grothmann and Tieryn Arens all recording a goal and an assist.
“It was good to get out on the ice against some other competition finally,” commented head coach Jason White. “Our newcomers fit right in with our core group of girls that came back. We competed hard and came away with four wins in three days, which is never easy. While there were some bright spots, we have plenty to work on this week as we prepare for our first set of home games.”
Midland (4-0) will be at home on October 5th and 6th, as they host North Dakota State (1-0-1). Puck drop is set for 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday inside Sidner Ice Arena in Fremont, Nebraska.