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.
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.