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Augsburg College hockey teams, players shine in media coverage

The Augsburg College women’s and men’s hockey teams are enjoying strong seasons, and several news organizations have covered their accomplishments.

Let's Play Hockey - logoNational hockey newspaper Let’s Play Hockey recently published an article by Don Stoner, Augsburg’s sports information director, on the teams’ successes. Stoner reports that despite a slow start, the men’s team went on to win their first regular-season Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title since the 1997 – 98 season. He also notes that the women’s team has been playing a winning season, attributed in part to goalie Erika Allen ’16.

uscho - logoU.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) also covered Augsburg’s teams in two recent articles. The first article focuses on men’s goalie Jordyn Kaufer ’18. Declaring that Kaufer is “clearly one of the best goaltenders in college hockey,” the article shares an unexpected detail of the sophomore’s career — he was cut from his high school’s hockey team as a junior.

“I played junior gold hockey my final two years of high school,” Kaufer said. “It gives guys a chance who don’t make their high school team to still play the game.”

USCHO also published an article about the Augsburg women’s team and the significance of their strong showing this season. Augsburg’s program was the first women’s hockey program in the Midwest, and the College recently marked the program’s 20th anniversary.

“Celebrating 20 years of Augsburg women’s hockey was incredibly special,” said coach Michelle McAteer.

Augsburg’s hockey teams will compete in the MIAC Semifinals on Saturday, February 27. Visit the Augsburg Athletics website to view the upcoming events calendar.

Keeping up with the Auggies

winter_athleticsIf you want to catch some of your favorite Auggie athletes during the winter break, check out their upcoming schedules below (home games bold). For complete schedules, results, live audio, and more, see the Athletics website.

Men’s Basketball

St. Olaf College — Jan. 3, 3 p.m.

at Concordia College-Moorhead — Jan. 5, 7:45 p.m.

St. John’s University — Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Macalester College — Jan. 10, 3 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

St. Olaf College — Jan. 3, 1 p.m.

at Concordia College-Moorhead — Jan. 5, 5:45 p.m.

at College of St. Benedict — Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Macalester College — Jan. 10, 1 p.m. Continue reading “Keeping up with the Auggies”

WEC families can skate with the Auggies on Feb. 9

skateOn Saturday, Feb. 9, Augsburg’s weekend college (WEC) Student Senate will be holding an event on campus for all WEC students and families called “WEC Winter Wonderland.”  The event includes prize drawings, reserved seating at the Auggie women’s hockey game, and free open skating following the game.

The event starts at 1 p.m. in the Christensen Center with snacks and prize drawings. It is a time for WEC students and families to get on campus, connect with others outside the classroom, and have some fun in the process.  All families are then encouraged to cheer on your Auggie women’s hockey team as they take on Concordia-Moorhead at 2:15 p.m. in the Augsburg Ice Arena.  Following the game, families are then invited to join the Auggie hockey players on the ice for some free skating time.     Continue reading “WEC families can skate with the Auggies on Feb. 9”

Augsburg women’s hockey team to play in Europe

whockeyFor the second time in the 13-year history of the program, the Augsburg College women’s hockey team will be traveling to Europe, this time for a 10-day excursion to Germany, Austria and Italy in early January 2008.

The Auggies will play three games against local club competition during the trip from Jan. 3-12, while also experiencing the beauty and history of Europe. This is the second-ever European trip for the Augsburg women’s hockey program; the team traveled to Italy and Austria in the 2003-04 season (photo from the 2003-04 trip shown).

Twenty members of the team, along with head coach Jill Pohtilla, assistant coach Tom Peart, head athletic trainer Missy Strauch and several family members and friends, will be making this year’s trip. Continue reading “Augsburg women’s hockey team to play in Europe”