Teske, Auggies drops season opening pair to Saints

By Jim den Hollander

Editor/Publisher

Saukhockey.info

Julianna Teske and the Augsburg Auggies opened their 2021 regular season on the weekend with a home-and-home non-conference matches with the St. Scholastica Saints.

Teske was in the roster for both games, a 5-3 loss on home ice at Ed Saugestad Rink (Augsburg Ice Arena) on Friday night, then a return match at MARS Lakeview Arena in Duluth, Minn. Saturday evening, also won by the Saints, 3-0.

Teske suited up for both games but collected no stats – points or penalties in her NCAA Division 3 debut contests.

Julianna Teske

Wearing #12, Teske was listed as a -1 for the opening contest and was called on to take a faceoff at one point. In Duluth, Teske was rated at 0 stats wise in the contest.

Last season, the Auggies also opened the season with a pair against the Saints, taking both by a single goal, 2-1 and 3-2.

Also facing off on the opening weekend: Hamline Pipers collected a 7-0 shutout win against Concordia-Wisconsin Falcons in non-conference play and a scheduled match between St. Benedict Bennies and St. Thomas Tommies was postponed on Friday.

On Saturday, Bethel University Royals collected a 1-0 win against Concordia-Wisconsin, Hamline Pipers defeated the Bennies 3-1

The Auggies will play seven regular season conference matches – once against each team in the MIAC conference along with four non-conference matches. The team will make its MIAC debut on Saturday with a 2 p.m. faceoff on the road at Tria Rink in St. Paul against the host Hamline Pipers.

Last year, the Auggies and Pipers met in a home-and-home series early in the season, Pipers taking the first game 6-0 before the Auggies bounced back on home ice with a 4-3 edge.

Anyone wishing to watch Teske and Auggies on Friday, can tune in at the link below.

https://portal.stretchinternet.com/hamline/

Puck drops at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Engel and O’Connor faceoff tonight

By Jim den Hollander

Editor/Publisher

Saukhockey.info

Two area hockey players will make their official NCAA D3 hockey debut tonight when the Northland Lumberjills make the trip to River Falls to play UW-River Falls Falcons.

Kaylee Engel, a freshman at Northlands is a product of Reedsburg Polars and Badger Lightning hockey programs locally and is the first area player in several years to play at the college level.

After a long delay, the Lumberjills along with the other four Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Conference (WIAC) teams begin their respective eight-game regular seasons tonight. There was one tune-up match played last week at UW-Superior last weekend, a 5-1 win for the Yellowjackets.

The Lumberjills will play home and away games against each of its four conference rivals and all five teams are slated to qualify for post season action.

Jordan O’Connor

Meanwhile, Jordan O’Connor who won 21 games in goal with the Sauk Prairie varsity Eagles last season could be in goal for the Falcons tonight. She is one of two freshman keepers on the team and there is also a junior goaltender. Who will be in goal is likely a game time decision.

Locals interested in watching the match can view it on this link — https://uwrfsports.com/watch/?Live=388&type=Live

Puck drop tonight is at 7:05 p.m. at Hunt Arena in River Falls.

The other WIAC opener tonight will see UW-Eau Claire Blugolds playing host to the Stevens Point Pointers at 7 p.m.

The Lumberjills and Falcons will return to Ashland for the return match on Friday, starting at 7 p.m. at Bay Area Civic Center.