UW-Stevens Point Preview
NCHA Insider | Nate Woelfel
The UW-Stevens Point women’s hockey team will be focused on doing what it takes to get the job done.
“We definitely won’t be the most skilled team, we won’t be the fastest,” said head coach Ann Ninnemann. “But when team chemistry comes into play and we combine everything, that will be one of our strengths.”
The Pointers will turn to their three seniors for leadership. According to their coach, the veterans will be an instrumental part of the team’s success.
“Their role is huge. I can only say so much,” Ninnemann said. “They need to get other kids to buy in. They’ve already bought in, it’s their senior year and it’s their last chance to make it to the national tournament. It is a matter of them getting on board and everybody else getting on board.”
Ninnemann admits that her team will have to play their own style of hockey if they are to compete within the conference this year.
“We’re not going to be the cream of the crop, we’re not going to be on highlight reels all over the country,” Ninnemann said. “Hopefully we can grind it out and surprise some people.”
It is Niennemann’s hope that a strong work ethic and a mutual sense of responsibility and support will help the team expedite the process of climbing to the type of heights they envision.
“We’re already a step ahead of the game from last year. Just with the team chemistry, the girls getting along and respecting each other, being able to communicate effectively with each other,” Ninnemann said.
With success, the Pointers hope to join the ranks of other winter sports that have enjoyed national prominence in recent years.
“Hopefully we will be up there with all of the other UWSP
winter sports,” Ninnemann said. “Competing for a
UW-Stevens Point Pointers
Head coach: Ann Ninnemann (6th Season)
Last Season: 13-10-2 (9-8-2 NCHA)
Key Returners: Allie Tanzer (So. F) Erin Marvin (Sr. F) Ariel Novak (Sr. D)
Key Loss: Dana Carothers (5g. 9a.)