Athlete of the Week: UW-Eau Claire women's hockey

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - In the midst of a 6-game winning streak, tying their longest in program history, UW-Eau Claire women’s hockey heads into the final month of the regular season with a 15-4-2 record.

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“I think we’ve just kind of been trying to keep our heads down and work hard every day in practice. Nothing - no extraordinary things. We’re just trying to work hard and just work on our special teams a lot and just try and get everybody’s chemistry to kind of flow this year,” said Blugolds junior forward Elizabeth Bauer.

The Blugolds were able to continue their hot streak by winning their fourth conference game at UW-Stevens Point on Saturday. They’d enter the 3rd period trailing, 2-0, but bounced back in the final 20 minutes to win, 3-2.

“You know, great teams find a way to win. That was basically the message. Saying, ‘You’re doing everything right, but we need a little bit more.’ So, we just challenged them basically with that just saying you know, ‘We have to find a way. It’s going to have to be greasy and a hardworking goal.’ We just went out and they wouldn’t be denied. So, I was very excited with how they reacted and accepted that challenge,” said 4th year UW-Eau Claire head coach Erik Strand

Seemingly just as good on the road as they are at home, UW-Eau Claire has won five straight road games as well as their last five at Hobbs Ice Arena. This weekend the Blugolds will face the Pointers twice – once again at Ice Hawks Arena, then back home at Hobbs.

“We just have to out work them. I think that’s always the message going into WIAC games. Every team is out for blood and we’re the same way. So, conference games are always tough, but we know what we have to do. We just have to keep working hard,” said Blugolds junior goalie Erin Connolly.

Three victories away from their third straight 18-win season, UW-Eau Claire women’s hockey is focused on more than just their record. The Blugolds want to still be playing in March hoping to defend the O’Brien Cup and return to the NCAA Tournament.