Blugold women’s hockey has a shutout against Northland

Blugolds win 6-0 over Northland College

Sophie Geske

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Samantha Bandholz skating with the puck toward the goal.

The Blugold women’s hockey team beat Northland College 6-0 at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30 at Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire.

This was the team’s second time beating Northland this season as they also beat them on Nov. 11 with a score of 3-1.

This is Erik Strand’s eighth season as the head coach for the women’s hockey team. He is only the second coach in program history according to Blugold Athletics.

“I am very happy with how we played. We put a game plan on paper and the team did an awesome job of executing it,” Strand said.

All six of the goals were scored by a different player.

There was only one goal scored in the first period which was by first-year student Ava Webster, this being her first collegiate goal according to Blugold Athletics. The assists for that goal were from fourth-year student Jordyn McAlpine and second-year Samantha Bandholz at 7:02.

In the second period, the Blugolds scored two more goals. The first of those was at 1:26 in the second period by fourth-year Sami Scherling with an assist from fourth-year Hallie Sheridan.

The second goal of the second period was scored by Sheridan with assists from fourth-year Sophie Rausch and Scherling.

Wrapping up the game in the third period, the Blugolds scored three more goals. The first was quick in the period at 1:44 by Rausch with assists from Sheridan and Webster.

The second goal for the third period was by first-year Sam Moehle with an assist from third-year Sydney Johnson.

The final goal of the game was shot at 9:29 in the third period by second-year Ellie Anderson with an assist from Bandholz.

“We as a team have been talking about playing a full 60 minutes and I think we did that tonight. From the drop of the puck to the last buzzer everyone was giving it their all,” Scherling said.

This brought the game to a shutout with Northland scoring zero goals and the Blugolds scoring six.

Throughout the game, fifth-year goalie Stephanie Martin stopped the six shots Northland had hit making this her third shutout of the season according to

“On a night like tonight every line was clicking,” Strand said. “This was a complete team, everyone was incredible. That was our best team effort of the season so far.”

After this game, the Blugolds have a record of seven wins and two losses.

Scherling said she is looking forward to the game against UW-River Falls since they are big rivals.

The next home game for the Blugolds will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Hobbs Ice Arena against Concordia-Moorhead.

That same weekend at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 they play Concordia-Moorhead again which is also their Cancer Awareness Day.

“I am looking forward to our Cancer Awareness game. It will be awesome to give back to the community and see people come out and have a good time with their friends and family,” Martin said.

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