Girls’ hockey falls to Minneapolis

Team struggles throughout tough game


Mya Stanberry

Freshman Rowan Jansen rushes towards the goal while keeping a puck away from a Minneapolis defender Dec. 7. Hopkins- Park lost to Minneapolis 5-1.

Abby Bartleson

After a 7-1 loss against Minneapolis, coach Ryan St. Martin said with a change of mindset, he is hopeful for the next game.

“We are going to work on our attitude and efforts and see what happens,” St. Martin said “We could have a little bit more energy so we could get a bit harder on blocks and shots.”

Sophomore Camryn Witham said she feels a lot could’ve gone differently during this game if the team had changed in energy.

“We were not at our full potential. The games are so much more fun when we’re at high energy,” Witham said. 

Senior captain Greta Betzer said the loss prompted the team to reflect on what they could improve on. For Betzer, she said she could’ve been a better leader for her teammates.

“I wasn’t loud enough on the bench and that translated into my effort on the ice,” Betzer said. “I could’ve done more to stay focused and hype up my team so we would’ve been more offensively sound.” 

Even though the game was challenging, St. Martin said there has been improvement from past games. 

We were not at our full potential. The games are so much more fun when we’re at high energy.”

— Camryn Witham

“I’ve seen a lot of continuity in the lines and I think that’s really helping establish roles in the team,” St. Martin said.

According to Betzer, there were some positive takeaways from the game that the team could build off of.

“We’re a pretty defensively sound team but we need to work on getting the puck down in our offensive zone so we can create plays,“ Betzer said. 

Park will have a chance to bounce back against Minnehaha Academy 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Minnehaha Academy South Ice Arena.