Minnesota Hockey Journal

December 2018

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16 M H J ON L I N E . C O M | D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 Now in his fourth season at the helm for the Minnesota State women, 1980 Miracle on Ice hero John Harrington (Virginia) believes this is the year the Mavericks make a big leap. Rebekah Kolstad (Mankato), Corbin Boyd (Hopkins) and Jordan McLaughlin (Grand Rapids) are three local seniors who will be relied on heavily. 3. Horns Up? College Hockey 2018-19 2. Motzko Makes His 'M'ove After leading St. Cloud State for 13 years, Bob Motzko has returned to the University of Minnesota. The Austin, Minnesota native and former Gopher assistant promises to bring a more free-flowing and offensive style of play to Mariucci, but the Big Ten Conference is looking stronger than ever. Can he bring the program back to the top? Freshmen Blake McLaughlin (Grand Rapids) and reigning Mr. Hockey Sammy Walker (Edina) could help ignite the scoring. 4. Brett's Big Break Motzko's move to Dinkytown left a coveted job opening in the Granite City. Enter Duluth native Brett Larson, who helped UMD to its two national titles. Larson is known as a top recruiter and developer. He inherits a strong program with Hobey Baker hopefuls returning in Jimmy Schuldt (Minnetonka) and Ryan Poehling (Lakeville North). 5. Return of the Olympians Golden goalie Maddie Rooney (Andover) and high-powered forward Kelly Pannek (Plymouth) return to Duluth and Dinkytown, respectively, after an unforgettable 2018 Olympics. Many other Olympic players have returned to their cam- puses, which, along with another tremendously talented crop of incoming freshmen, could make for one of the best seasons of wom- en's college hockey yet. With Pannek's return as senior cap- tain and sophomore Grace Zumwinkle (Excelsior) ready to defend her WCHA scoring title, the Gophers hope to return to the Frozen Four for the astonishing ninth time in 11 seasons. Bob Motzko Jimmy Schuldt Photos / University of Minnesota Athletics, MSU Athletics, Maddie MacFarlane, Brad Rempel/Gopher Athletics, BSU Photo Services, Hamline Athletics, St. Thomas Athletics Rebekah Kolstad

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