Auggies owning the ice

By John Kipper, Staff Writer

The Virgin Mary is often called the Mother of Mercy, and that’s fitting for the Saint Mary’s men’s hockey team because the Auggies gave them none over the weekend. The two-game series was a one-sided affair with Augsburg University dominating both games 5-1, improving to 8-0 on the season. In the first game, an astonishing nine different players recorded points. The penalty kill was on top of its game, only allowing one goal during a total of 14 minutes shorthanded.

In the second game, the penalty kill allowed no goals, killing off four penalties. Goalie Nick Schmit made 31 saves with the only goal being a fluke scored by a shorthanded Saint Mary’s squad. Offensively, ten different players recorded points, and this really highlighted the depth of the team. They next take on St. Thomas at home on, Friday Dec. 1.

In an amazing feat of endurance and skill, the Augsburg women’s hockey team won three games in a span of five days, outscoring their opponents 11-2. They beat Saint Mary’s twice (3-1, 3-0), and with plenty of gas left in the tank, buried the University of Wisconsin, Superior women’s team 5-1. The biggest advantage this season for Augsburg has been offensive depth with seven different players recording at least one point in the first two games and eight Auggies scoring in the third game. Since losing the season opener, the Auggies are on a sixgame winning streak, leading the MIAC with a conference record of 4-0. The next game is against St. Thomas which will take place at St. Thomas. The Tommies are currently tied for second in conference play.

This article first appeared in the Friday, December 1, 2017, Edition of The Echo..