As preseason comes to an end the Northland College Hockey team is anxious to hit the ice on the opening night October 24. Currently the boys are skating in Ironwood Michigan while the BACC installs the ice. This year the rink will be brighter with new led lights and freshly painted white ice. The boys had a long 2 hour grind tonight and only have 3 more rips (practices) left to go in preseason. The first official team practice will be on Monday October 19 here in Ashland. With a new locker room and new gear coming in, it is a very exciting time to be part of NC Hockey. The boys look forward to showing off their fineness in the Navy/White Scrimmage, open to the public, on the 24th.
Currently all 33 players are expected to be at the first practice and will be able to show off there talents in the inter-squad scrimmage. Since NCAA rules only allow you to dress 20 players per game, there will be plenty of competition for a spot on the game roster for the first official games. NC takes on UW-Superior on October 30th as home, as well as UW-Riverfalls on Saturday October 31st. Overall the squad is looking very good and is expected to compete at a much higher level than previous years. There is not another NCAA DIII Hockey team in the country with a tougher schedule to open up the year than Northland College. The first 8 games of the 25 game schedule include: UW-Superior, UW-Riverfalls, Adrian College, Milwaukee School Of Engineering, and The College Of Saint Scholastica. With such a difficult opening to the season, the competition for spots is crucial in order to push every player every single day to become a better hockey player.
The Northland College Hockey team looks forward to the challenges to come and is expecting to have a great showing this year. We invite all our friends and fans who cannot attend the games to visit the Northland College Sports website for live streaming, as well as tune into WRNC 97.7 for a live broadcast. For those of you attending the games, it is strongly recommended that you check out the previous blog post on “5 things to bring to the Hockey games“.