MacDonald notches first NCAA goal against Ravens

By Jim den Hollander 


Jack MacDonald and the St. Michael’s College Purple Knights finally hit the ice again this past Friday (Nov. 19) after a delay of almost a month due to COVID 19 Protocols. 

After opening the season with a 3-0 loss against SUNY Plattsburgh Oct. 23, the team postponed six straight games before finally returning on Friday for a 5-2 Northeast 10 Conference win against Franklin Pierce Ravens. 

Since then, the Purple Knights have dropped a 4-2 decision to the Assumption College Greyhounds and on Tuesday the Knights dropped a 5-1 decision to the Amherst College Mammoths 

Ravens 2 @ Purple Knights 5 

In the return to play, the Knights carried a 3-1 lead out of the opening period but the lead was cut to 3-2 by the start of the third.  

MacDonald, a freshman forward who collected 39 goals and 84 points in four seasons with the Baraboo/Portage Thunderbirds before his graduation in 2018, scored his first NCAA goal to put the Purple Knights up 3-0 in the first period. He wrapped up the game with a goal on his only shot and a +3 rating and he was 6-for-14 at the faceoff dot. 

Greyhounds 4 @ Purple Knights 2  

The following night, the Greyhounds spoiled the home opening weekend. Knights scored the lone first period goal and teams were even at 1-1 heading to the third. Teams were even at 2-2 halfway through the period but the game winner and an empty net clincher sent the Greyhounds home happy.  

MacDonald did not register a point and was 2-for-8 on faceoffs.  

Purple Knights 1 @ Mammoths 5 

The Knights hit the road to Amherst, MA, where the host Mammoths scored a pair of unanswered first period goals and added two more in the second before the Knights hit the scoreboard with its only goal on a powerplay.  

MacDonald picked up a couple more faceoff wins in the game.  

Knights are scheduled to return to Northeast 10 Conference play Friday, Dec. 3, hitting the road to Hooksett, NH to play the Southern New Hampshire Wildcats. 


O’Connor part of unbeatable Falcons goaltending trio

By Jim den Hollander 


Prairie du Sac native and former Sauk Prairie Eagles goaltender Jordan O’Connor has been nothing less than stellar this season with the River Falls Falcons Womens hockey team.  

But on the Falcons, currently ranked fourth in the USCHO Division 3 Womens Hockey poll, that just makes her one-third of an awesome goaltending machine. 

The Falcons mixed Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Conference (WIAC) conference and non-conference games in the past two weekends collecting four wins and one tough defeat against #3 ranked Eau Claire Blugolds.  

Jordan O’Connor

O’Connor and the team’s other two goaltenders, senior Sami Miller, from Blaine, MN and sophomore Pistol Cowden from Amherst, WI and a former goaltender for the Wisconsin Valley Union WIAA team have all played a part in four shutouts in those five games, including three in a row. 

The first WIAC match saw the Falcons hitting the road and collecting a 7-0 win against the host Stevens Point Pointers. Cowden stopped all 17 shots she faced to collect the goose egg on Nov. 12.  

Callie Hoff, a senior from Hermantown, MN and Kora Torkelson, a senior from Thief River Falls, MN both fired a pair of goals for the Falcons with others added by Kiana Gilbraith, a senior from Fargo, ND; Maddie McCollins, a Maple Grove, MN junior and Alisen Carothers, a freshman from Buffalo, MN. 

The following night, the Falcons returned home to Hunt Arena and O’Connor collected a nine-save shutout in an 8-0 win against the Northland Lumberjills. 

Torkelson scored another pair along with Alex Hantge, a sophomore from Hutchinson, MN and Brooke Walters, a junior from Sartell, MN. Hoff and McCollins scored the other Falcons goals. 

Miller played the next two games, collecting a 14-save shutout in a 6-0 non-conference win on home ice against the St. Scholastica Saints on Nov. 16, then facing the toughest test so far against the Blugolds. 

Miller matched Stephanie Martin in the Eau Claire goal shot for shot until late in the second period when Emma Peterson scored her first of a pair for the home team. 

In the non-conference win, Bailey Olson, a freshman from Willmar, MN scored twice with others for Hoff, McCollins, Hantge and Ellie Brice, a Freshman from St. Croix Falls, WI 

The Falcons got back on track on Tuesday (Nov. 23) as Cowden returned for a second consecutive shutout in a 3-0 non-Conference win against the St. Olaf Oles.  

Erin Olson, a senior from Lakeville, MN; Sophia Leong, a senior from Apple Valley, MN and Alyson Niebur, a senior from Isanti, MN fired the Falcons goals.  

In all, the Falcons goaltenders have combined for six shutouts in eight games and an unreal three goals against in eight games so far this season. 

The Falcons will play a set of five non-conference contests, all against MIAC opponents beginning Dec. 8 at St. Peter MN against Gustavus Adolphus. 

Teske, Auggies find win column against Pipers

By Jim den Hollander 


Reedsburg native Juliana (Julz) Teske opened the Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAC) schedule with the Augsburg Auggies with four games and mixed results.  

Teske is a sophomore forward with the Minneapolis-based Division 3 hockey team. 

Julianna Teske

After a pair of non-conference losses against some tough WIAC competition, the Auggies split a pair with the Hamline Pipers on its opening weekend, Nov. 12-13 then collected a tie and a loss against St. Scholastica Saints this past weekend. 

Both weekends featured home and away matches for the Auggies with the win and tie coming on the home turf. 

Hamline captured the 3-1 win in the conference opener played at the TRIA Rink in St. Paul but the Auggies collected its first win of the season the following night at Ed Saugestad Rink in Minneapolis. The following weekend, playing on home ice, the Auggies battled the Saints to a 2-2 draw on home ice, but fell 4-1 at Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth. 

Auggies 1 @ Pipers 3  

All four goals in this one came in the final period as goaltenders Mara McClain of the Auggies and Ava Bailey kept a clean crease for 40 minutes.  

Pipers fired three before Lilia Scheid notched the lone Auggies’ goal, denying Bailey the shutout with less than a minute to play. 

Pipers 3 @ Auggies 5  

On home ice, the Auggies snapped a three-game season opening skid, as Kiley Wahlin scored the lone first period and Kennedy Stein added another early in the middle frame.  

The Pipers rallied to tie the game at 2-2 before the end of the second, but two goals a little under two minutes apart put the Auggies in front to stay just before the halfway mark of the final period.  

Emily Cronkhite fired both of those goals, the second one with her team shorthanded and Jenna Gerold scored the other Auggies goal. 

Saints 2 @ Auggies 2  

Three periods and an overtime segment solved nothing between the Auggies and Saints on Friday (Nov. 19). 

The Saints moved in front twice but both times the Auggies rallied back to tie it, Kensie Malone and Stein scoring for the Auggies who outshot the Saints 34-24. 

Auggies 1 @ Saints 4  

The following night Stein scored just past the halfway mark to even the game at 1-1, but two unanswered middle period goals pushed the Saints in front and an empty netter in the final minute clinched the win.  

The Auggies once again had the edge in shots, this time by a 41-30 edge. 

Teske had one of those shots for the Auggies. 

The Auggies are off for the holiday weekend and will return to MIAC play Dec. 3/4 playing host the to the Concordia Cobbers for a pair of games. 

Tough finish for Ducks at MA Showcase

By Jim den Hollander 


This story has been delayed somewhat due in part to a holdup in getting the gamesheet updated on the USPHL website. 

After a great start to the weekend, the Dells Ducks wrapped up its stay in Massachusetts with a third straight loss and second straight shutout loss, falling to the Jersey Shore Whalers 6-0 on Sunday (Nov. 21).

The Ducks kicked off the tournament with its most lopsided win in two seasons, defeating the Wooster Oilers 9-3, but a pair of losses Saturday spoiled the celebration a bit.  

On Sunday the Whalers notched one goal in the first and third periods blowing the game open with a four-goal middle frame.  

An unfortunate occurrence became the talking point in the days after the game. Jayden Tkaczuk, leading scorer on the team last season and one of the top scorers again this year, was rocked by a brutal hit in the game’s final minutes. The camera angle on the broadcast of the game appeared to show a Jersey Shore skater coming from the bench all the way to the far blue line area – likely 8-10 strides – before delivering the crushing hit on an unsuspecting Tkaczuk. 

Tkaczuk suffered a concussion as a result of the charge and had no memory of it or the next little while later. Making matters worse, among the players that came on in defense of their teammate was the team’s leading scorer, Caden Glamkowski who was assessed a fighting major and disqualification in the melee. 

The Ducks scattered across the continent after Sunday’s game to celebrate Thanksgiving with their respective families. The team will return after the weekend to begin preparations for a fairly light December schedule.  

After traveling to Chicago for a pair of games against the Cougars Dec. 4-5, the Ducks will host the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings at the Lake Delton Ice Arena Dec. 9, then heads back to the Windy City for its third and final Showcase event of the season Dec. 16-19.