FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University honored their first group of seniors to play four years at Midland over the weekend as they swept the University of Wisconsin. The Warriors also guaranteed their first winning season in program history with the wins that pushed their record to 18-10-1. The Badgers, who skated just eight players with a pair of goalies over the weekend, fall to 4-11-1 on the year.
Prior to the series opener on Saturday afternoon, Midland honored their five seniors; Virginia Cooke, Traci Corcoran, Jess Laidlaw, Jessica Sandahl and Kari Volk. They are the remaining players of the founding team that started the women’s program at Midland in 2014.
After the ceremony things started sluggish for the Warriors as they fell behind 1-0 after one period of play. It didn’t take long though after the first intermission to get things going though as Isabelle Uhl-Chmiel scored just over a minute into the period to knot the score.
Wisconsin would regain their lead though with less than two to play in the second though. Midland responded moments later as Tieryn Arens score her first goal of the weekend with 41 seconds to play while the Warriors were on the power play.
In third period play slowed way down as the defense for both squads packed it in. Wisconsin had some great opportunities in the period as they went on the power play twice after Midland penalties. Each time though Midland killed the penalty.
Then with 2:24 left in the game, Midland was whistled for their third penalty of the period setting up Wisconsin with a final chance to end the game in regulation. The Warrior penalty kill unit would not only rise to the challenge of thwarting the Badger attack, they scored a short-handed goal with just 1:29 left on the clock. Madalyn Schmaltz earned goal from Savanah Wright as the two attacked on the break to break the tie and win the game.
Sunday afternoon saw the two teams once again battling it out. Both teams shot fairly even throughout and each had an offensive player take the reins scoring-wise. Tieryn Arens was the player for Midland as she scored once in the first period, once in the second and another in the third for the hat-trick.
Rachel Azuma, who scored one goal in the opener, was the weapon of choice for the Badgers. She scored twice in the second period and was keeping her team in the contest before going down with an injury towards the end of the second.
The Warriors would also get a late goal by Kenzie Bertolas in the third to seal the win and the weekend sweep.
Up next for Midland, as they wind down their regular season, is a road trip to St. Louis, Missouri to take on Lindenwood-Belleville (18-6-1). The two teams will play two games at the Shark Tank on Friday and Saturday.