Editor in Chief
The City Insurance Group MQT Girls U16 AA will play against the Northern Michigan University women's club hockey team today, March 30, to help raise funds for their upcoming trip to the national championships.
"I went to (U19) first for a battle of state champions fundraiser game," Cornock said. "We worked on that for two or three days and couldn't get enough players. However (U16 Assistant Coach Ken Godfrey Jr) contacted Brian Goodreau in NMU's athletic department. It was really easy to get it set up from there."
The U16 team relies on their older players, seven of which are from 1997, the oldest a player can be in this division. Improved play by goaltender Hannah Riesland in the state tournament also helps, as she allowed four goals in five games with two shootouts. Team captain Allyson Carlson leads the team in goals and assists.
The Wildcats had a rough season in the win-loss category and missed their league playoffs. However, the team looks to build on their best goal differential in years with a strong incoming class. One of those players, transfer Sierra Rusinek from NCAA Division III Finlandia University, will make her first appearance wearing Northern colors.
Michelle Kerry led ACHA Division I in saves this year, but will skate as a forward in the game. Starting in net will be Saraya Uitvlugt, who had a 69-save performance against the University of Michigan in November.
The Wildcats are excited to connect with MQT and the youth team through the game, according to NMU Assistant Coach Sean Parker.
"This is a good opportunity for Northern to get the name of the women's program out in the community," Parker said. "Helping out a younger team is always a good thing. We want to show the younger girls they have a place to play after high school."
The City Insurance team went undefeated at the state tournament, winning 3-2 over Livonia to take home the title. The nationals start on April 2 in Amhurst, New York.
Tickets for the game are five dollars and will go towards travel expenses to nationals. A 50-50 and other fundraising opportunities will be held at the game. More information on donations can be found at the team's gofundme.com page.
Today's game will be broadcast on 100.3 The Point, as well as all of the games at nationals.
Brice Burge is the Editor in Chief of MQT Social Scene and the PA announcer for the NMU women's club team. He can be reached at briceMQT@gmail.com.