St. Thomas (Minnesota) Tommies women's ice hockey

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St. Thomas (Minnesota) Tommies women's ice hockey
UniversityUniversity of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
ConferenceWCHA
First season1998–99
Head coachJoel Johnson
1st season, 5–27–1 (.167)
ArenaSt. Thomas Ice Arena
Capacity: 1,400
LocationSaint Paul, Minnesota
ColorsPurple and gray[1]
   
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
DIII: 2014, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
DIII: 2003, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Conference Tournament championships
MIAC: 2003, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Conference regular season championships
DIII: 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019

The St. Thomas (Minnesota) Tommies women's ice hockey team represents the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) in NCAA Division I competition in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).

History[edit]

St. Thomas played their first varsity game during the 1998–99 season. In the last 20 years, the Tommies have never had a losing season. They finished third or better in the MIAC every year. In the program's 23 year history at the NCAA Division III level, the Tommies have won six conference championships, six conference tournament titles and reached the NCAA Division III frozen four once.[2][3]

In 2019 the MIAC took the unprecedented step of removing St. Thomas from its membership because of concerns about “athletic competitive parity.”[4] Because the removal affected all sports and was effective at the end of the 2020–21 season, St. Thomas had time to decide what it would do next. The women's ice hockey program was given the green light to jump directly to the Division I level in July 2020.[5] The women's hockey team will join the WCHA for the 2021–22 season.[6][7]

Current roster[edit]

As of August 21, 2022.[8]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height DoB Hometown Previous team
2 Minnesota Maddy Clough Sophomore D 5' 3" (1.6 m) 2003-03-31 Andover, Minnesota Andover High School
4 Minnesota Mary Zavoral Freshman F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 2004-02-11 Edina, Minnesota Benilde-St. Margaret's
5 Minnesota Maija Almich (C) Senior F 5' 6" (1.68 m) 2001-01-05 Lino Lakes, Minnesota Centennial High School
6 Minnesota Jenna Hartung Senior F 5' 4" (1.63 m) 2001-04-18 Burnsville, Minnesota Burnsville High School
7 Minnesota Emma Larson Senior D 5' 6" (1.68 m) 2001-03-30 Maple Grove, Minnesota Maple Grove High School
8 Maine Emma McCauley Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 2002-10-20 South Portland, Maine Burlington Jr. Barracudas
9 Minnesota Kate Haug Freshman F 5' 6" (1.68 m) 2004-04-06 Roseville, Minnesota Roseville Area High School
10 Minnesota Isabel Lippai Junior D 5' 4" (1.63 m) 2002-06-25 Woodbury, Minnesota Woodbury High School
11 North Dakota Abby Promersberger Sophomore F 5' 6" (1.68 m) 2002-09-27 Fargo, North Dakota Fargo North/South Spruins
12 Minnesota Maria Cooper Freshman F 5' 5" (1.65 m) 2003-12-24 Eagan, Minnesota Eagan High School
13 Minnesota Molly Grundhoffer Freshman F 5' 5" (1.65 m) 2004-02-04 Mankato, Minnesota Shattuck-Saint Mary's
14 Alaska Allie Monrean Senior F 5' 5" (1.65 m) 2001-05-08 Anchorage, Alaska Culver Academies
15 Minnesota Luci Bianchi (C) Senior F 5' 3" (1.6 m) 2000-12-22 Bloomington, Minnesota Bloomington Jefferson High School
16 Minnesota Lauren Stenslie Sophomore F 5' 4" (1.63 m) 2002-10-24 Maple Grove, Minnesota Maple Grove High School
17 Hungary Lotti Odnoga Graduate D 5' 9" (1.75 m) 1999-01-19 Győr, Hungary Dartmouth College
18 Minnesota Gabby Billing Graduate F 5' 3" (1.6 m) 1999-10-18 Rogers, Minnesota Dartmouth College
19 Minnesota Anna Solheim (C) Graduate F 5' 7" (1.7 m) 1999-01-01 Shoreview, Minnesota Mounds View High School
20 Minnesota Marki Oberg Sophomore F 5' 4" (1.63 m) 2002-09-06 Alexandria, Minnesota Alexandria Area High School
21 Alberta Alli Pahl Sophomore D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 2002-12-24 Medicine Hat, Alberta Rink Hockey Academy Kelowna
22 Minnesota Maddie Jurgensen Sophomore F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 2003-05-05 Andover, Minnesota Andover High School
23 Minnesota Brieja Parent Junior F 5' 4" (1.63 m) 2001-11-09 Forest Lake, Minnesota University of Minnesota Duluth
24 Minnesota Haley Maxwell Freshman D 5' 4" (1.63 m) 2003-08-07 Edina, Minnesota Edina High School
26 Switzerland Nicole Vallario Sophomore D 5' 5" (1.65 m) 2001-08-30 Lugano, Switzerland HC Thurgau
27 North Dakota Anna Promersberger Graduate F 5' 8" (1.73 m) 1999-09-14 Fargo, North Dakota Penn State University
29 Switzerland Saskia Maurer Sophomore G 5' 5" (1.65 m) 2001-07-29 Röthenbach, Switzerland EV Bomo Thun
30 Minnesota Alexa Dobchuk Senior G 5' 8" (1.73 m) 2000-07-01 Eden Prairie, Minnesota Colgate University
35 Minnesota Maggie Malecha Freshman G 5' 5" (1.65 m) 2003-09-05 Northfield, Minnesota Northfield High School


Head coaches[edit]

As of completion of the 2020–21 season

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
2001–2007 Kevin Gorg 7 143–75–13 .647
2008–2021 Tom Palkowski 14 220–99–40 .669
2021–present Joel Johnson 1 5–27–1 .167
Totals 3 coaches 21 Seasons 368–201–54 .634

Year to Year[edit]

Won Championship Lost Championship Conference Champions League Leader
Year Coach W L T Conference Conf. W Conf. L Conf. T Finish Conference Tournament NCAA Tournament
2021-22 Joel Johnson 5 27 1 WCHA 3 23 1 8th WCHA Lost Quarterfinals vs. Minnesota (0-4, 1-5) Ineligible due to D1 transition

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletic Brand Standards – The University of St. Thomas". March 3, 2022. Retrieved September 6, 2022.
  2. ^ "St. Thomas Women's Hockey Team History". USCHO.com. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  3. ^ "Program Overview". tommiesports.com. August 10, 2020. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  4. ^ "D-III Powerhouse St. Thomas Is Getting Kicked Out of Its Conference Because It's Too Good at Sports". Sports Illustrated. May 22, 2019. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  5. ^ "At the rink, it's 'Tommie Time,' as St. Thomas moves hockey programs to Division I". Duluth News Tribune. July 15, 2020. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  6. ^ Jay, Michelle (July 15, 2020). "University of St. Thomas joins the WCHA for 2021-22 season". theicegarden.com. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  7. ^ "St. Thomas can go D1; Minn. school was ousted from D3 league". Minnesota Public Radio. July 16, 2020. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  8. ^ "2022–23 Women's Hockey Roster". The University of St. Thomas. August 21, 2022. Retrieved August 21, 2022.

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