Concordia's defense will be one of the strong points for Ace Gregg as he starts his first year as head coach of the Cobbers.
A New Beginning!
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: November 5, 2006
The 2006-07 Season Preview
The 2006-07 season will usher in another new era for the Cobber women’s hockey program. Concordia will have their fourth head coach in program history behind the bench when they take the ice on Nov. 10 for their season-opener at Finlandia (Mich.). Ace Gregg makes the jump from assistant coach the past two seasons to the man in charge. He comes to Concordia after a successful stint as the head girls’ coach at Fargo South High School.
Gregg will be able to build his first year’s team from the blue line forward. The Cobbers return all four of their top defenseman from last season and should be able to consistently shut down the opposing team’s scoring threat. Junior captain Ceara Bergsrud (Devils Lake, N.D) will lead the Cobber blueliners this year. Bergsrud was named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team last year and finished second on the team in scoring with five goals and four assists. She also led the team in shots in conference games and overall games. Joining Bergsrud on defense will be seniors Marya Losinski (Cold Spring, Minn./St. John’s Prep School) and Joanna Berringer (Kenora, Ontario/Beaver Brae HS) and sophomore Britt Vander Kooy (Redlands, Calif.).
Up front Gregg will need to get scoring punch from a team that finished ninth in the league in scoring and seventh in the conference in power play percentage.
The top returning scorer is sophomore Alyssa Dahl (Willmar, Minn.). Dahl was the only Cobber player last season to finish in double digits in points. She had seven goals and three assists for 10 points in 2005-06 and will be looking to add to that total in her second season. Other players that will make an impact on offense will be seniors Hannah Impola (Brainerd, Minn.), Paige Stone (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./San Dimas HS) and Brandie Dunn (Plano, Texas). All three have been multiple-year starters and all have come up with big goals in the past three seasons. Impola was tied for third on the team in scoring last year and was also tied for 13th in the MIAC in game-winning goals.
Sophmore Mandi Samuelson (Willmar, Minn.) has the potential to be a top-line scorer for the Cobbers. She led the team in assists last season after only playing in half the games.
The biggest question mark for Gregg in 2006-07 will be in goal where he will have to replace MIAC All-Conference netminder Jenna Johnson. Johnson was the starting goalie for the past three seasons and always gave the Cobbers a chance to pull off the victory. The only returning goalie in camp is sophomore Amber Malcolm (North Vancouver, B.C./Athol Murray’s HS). Malcolm transferred in to Concordia after the Christmas break last season and saw limited action, appearing in only two games. She will be joined by freshman Maddie Haroldson (Sartell, Minn.) as the team’s last line of defense. Haroldson was a five-time all-conference player at Sartell High School and was named the St. Cloud Times Player of the Year in 2005-06.
After the Cobbers open the season in Michigan, they will face a stiff test as they open conference play with two-time defending league champion, and last year’s NCAA Final Four participant, Gustavus in St. Peter, Minn. Concordia will have to wait until the middle of January before playing their home opener. The Cobbers will host on Jan. 19 to open play at the Moorhead Sports Center.
06-07 MIAC Coaches' Preseason Poll
Once again, Gustavus and St. Thomas are on top the MIAC in this year's preseason poll. Gustavus, the 2005-06 regular season and playoff champion, topped St. Thomas and St. Olaf in the poll. Non-conference games begin Friday, November 3 for women's hockey and MIAC conference games begin Friday, November 17.