Women’s hockey prepares for trip to Europe

Jackson Gerber, Sports Editor

The women’s hockey team took a trip to Wisconsin this last weekend, defeating both teams they faced. On Friday, they shut out UW-Stevens Point 2-0 and then edged out Marian University 6-3 on Saturday.

Goalie Annie Jurgens picked up her second shutout of the season against UW-Stevens Point, stopping all nine shots she faced in the game. Mikayla Jones and Ellie Tabaka were the goal-scorers for the Auggies with Tabaka picking up her first goal in an Augsburg uniform.

Augsburg had a 4-1 lead early in the second period before Marian University scored two unanswered goals bringing the score to 4-3. The Auggies then used powerplay goals from Nikki Nightengale, her second of the game, and Bridget Wagner to stretch the lead to 6-3. McKenna Manalli got the start in goal for the Auggies, recording 18 saves while picking up her fourth win of the season.

After the Auggies take on UW-River Falls this Friday night at 7 p.m., their focus will shift to their winter-break trip. According to a article published in late November, the Auggies will be taking a 10-day excursion to three different countries in Europe. They will split their time among Italy, Germany and Austria, exposing themselves to the many different cultures that the countries have to offer. Coach Michelle McAteer stated in the article, “It’s a tremendous opportunity for personal growth. Traveling will challenge what we know and what we are comfortable with, and it’s even more special when we can do it with family and friends.” Along with getting to experience the sights and culture of Europe, they will also get to play four games. Coach McAteer continued to say, “It’s great to represent the MIAC and provide exposure for our league.” Good luck and safe travels.

This article was originally published in the Dec. 14, 2018 issue.