By Keotta House
The second half of the season is looking bright for the Saint Mary’s University women’s hockey team. The lady Cardinals have stepped into the second half of the season as if they were a brand new team.
“We lost a game 5-1 to Lake Forest where we were up 1-0 going into the third and gave up five goals in a row,” said Assistant Coach Greg Moore. “I think all the girls hit rock bottom and from there they changed,” said Moore.The women’s hockey team answered the Lake Forest loss by winning two games in a row and picking up the pace of the team.
“Since break we have been able to come together as a team with a common goal for the rest of the season,” said junior forward Kelly Seymour. Perhaps the team’s newfound chemistry has boosted their shots on goal and the intensity level not only in the locker room, but also on the ice.
“Our mindset now is to focus on one game at a time, playing a full 60 minutes, and turning the season around to make playoffs,” said Seymour.
The team is hoping the positive and focused attitude will bring the team up high enough that they can defy all odds and finally make the playoffs.
Even though the team has picked up the pace they still have a lot of hockey to play for the season with teams such as St. Olaf College on January 31 at home. They also have Hamline University coming up at home on February 21. That game will be extra special and emotional for the team because it also doubles as the team’s senior day where they will celebrate and send off five of their senior players.
In the mean time, the team hopes not to look too far ahead into the future and they are hoping to take the rest of the season one step at a time.
Other games to look forward to for the women’s hockey team are back-to-back “Pink the Rink” games against Concordia College February 14 and 15.