By Kerry Yang
Last weekend, the Colorado College women’s club hockey team split their games with a win and a loss. On Friday night, CC was defeated on the road by the Denver Diamonds 8-1 but quickly turned it around the next day with a resounding 6-1 home win over the Fort Collins Flames.
Friday’s game against the Diamonds was a difficult matchup. The Tigers were only able to get seven players onto the ice. Fatigued from having only one sub, the Tigers put up a valiant effort, but were unable to hold off the relentless offense of the Diamonds. Audra Burrall ’23 scored the lone CC goal of the game. Justine Miller ’21 said the short bench was the deciding factor in this tough loss.
“I think the main thing our team needs to work on is getting enough players to games,” Miller said. “The more experienced players have done a great job mentoring and supporting the newer players, and when we have a good turn-out we have been playing well.”
Miller was right. Saturday’s game saw a turnout of 14 players, and a dominating win over the Fort Collins Flames. Although the Tigers started off slow, they stayed aggressive on the forecheck, maintaining possession in the offensive zone for the majority of the game. Their hard work finally paid off during the second and third periods, with Elliott Williams ’21 scoring twice, and goals from Burrall, Bryn April ’23, Victoria Cusanello ’21, and Mia Solberg ’21.
Sophie Nasvik ’22 commented on the team futures, sharing that while the team’s work during practice is beginning to pay off, they still have much to improve on.
“We did a good job forechecking and keeping the puck in the offensive zone,” Nasvik said. “That being said, it took about two periods until we really started getting the majority of our goals, and [we] need to work on our offensive movement. That’s been one of our main goals at practice for the last month.”
The Tigers, currently 3-2 will play back-to-back games this weekend on Saturday at 9:45 p.m. and Sunday at 9:15 a.m., both at the World Arena Ice Hall.