Hockey inching back into action for college players

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

All local hockey was still on hold last week, while everyone waited for the provincial government’s decision. Would it be back to playing in cohorts? Would the season be canceled?

Meanwhile, on rinks far, far away, three Slave Lakers were getting a bit of action as the U.S. college got going again after an extended break.

Finding individual scoring statistics for U.S. college hockey players seems tougher than usual this year. Adrian College – where Austin Kuhn is in his senior year – seems to have nothing on its website. The team has been playing, though, and winning games.

“They played two out of 12 games in the fall semester,” says Kevin Kuh, Austin’s dad, “and just getting going here for the spring semester.”

Waldorf University in Iowa has been slower to get back to playing after an extended break. Austin Mood Flagg told The Leader before Christmas he was enjoying the experience, but the team had yet to win a game. As of Jan. 18 it had yet to play a game since breaking over Christmas.

“The boys hit the road this upcoming weekend and head to Illinois for our first series of the semester against McKendree University,” says Mood-Flagg. “School starts back up on Wednesday of this week. Happy to be back, and getting into the swing of things. I’m feeling stronger this semester and hoping for a good turnaround!”

Dakota College at Bottineau, where Blake Carpenter is in his third year, has returned to action. The Lumberjacks had won five straight as of Jan. 17, but no scoring statistics were posted.

Minor hockey, meanwhile was “clinging to hope,” as mayor Tyler Warman put it in a Jan. 18 interview.

Austin Kuhn
Austin Mood-Flagg
Blake Carpenter

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