SignUp
Sport Page
Amanda Koep was awarded the team's hard hat after her performance in the exhibition against Pursuit of Excellence
Koep's Corner: Four Nations Break
Text smallerText larger
Updated: Thursday 11/04/2013 15:48:36 (ET)
by UNDsports.com
Send this article to a friend Print RSS Shop

My name is Amanda Koep, and I am a redshirt freshman for the women’s hockey team. I wear the number 35 and am a goaltender here for UND. This year I will be giving you an inside look into what it’s like to be on the UND women’s hockey team.

For the third sweep this season there are many reasons to celebrate. Freshman wingman Amy Menke got not only her first collegiate goal, but helped contribute two goals on Saturday’s 5-1 win. However, Friday’s game was also a history in the making for head coach Brian Idalski. He achieved his 100th career win with the University of North Dakota women’s hockey team. Congratulations to the both of them for two incredible accomplishments.

For a spooky Halloween weekend, nothing scared us against the Beavers. It was a challenging week of practice before we arrived in Bemidji as we were a couple of teammates short because of the Four Nations tournament taking place in Lake Placid, N.Y., the following week. However, this was an opportunity to have everyone step up. With two W’s it’s safe to say everyone did. With this next weekend off, many players will head home for a couple days as we catch up with some family and friends. Nevertheless, we take on the mighty Gophers the following weekend and the whole team is very excited.

Even though we have this coming weekend off from games, it is giving us the opportunity to improve on fundamentals, systems and special teams. We also like to have a little fun and take this time to relax and even visit Greg, our team psychologist. Furthermore, it gives us the chance to catch up on some homework and classes that we’ve missed from traveling.

Entering November, about half way into the semester, midterms have arrived. With two tests coming up for me Tuesday, after morning practice, I look forward to my Harry Potter Tuesday night with several teammates that occur weekly at my apartment.

I can tell this is already going to be a year to remember. This is because the team’s chemistry is already incredible for a team with 10 incoming players. As a group we are always working hard to improve each other’s skill and make each other better.

The team’s main goal has been to play a full 60 minutes, each period at a time. Saturday, as a team, we accomplished that goal. Now, we just have to make sure we continue to work at it every weekend. As we all get extremely restless about the Gopher game coming up it will come down to our upcoming two weeks of practice. We can’t take a day off, and we won’t.

To start off Monday’s practice we will play a game of “three puck” as we celebrate the sweep. This is when we split up into black and green jersey’s and scrimmage with three pucks. Although, recently it’s been a ring, three pucks and two tennis balls, so there may be a new name in the works. One of my favorite drills is “Sioux circle”. It’s where you bring the nets up to the center circle and it’s three on three. Our team gets very competitive and we become so passionate about winning every time we play it, I absolutely love it.

Earlier in the season, I made my first appearance in the exhibition game against POE and I was beyond thrilled and blessed to receive the Hard Hat of the game. The Hard Hat is simply a symbol of the hardest worker or most deserving player or goaltender in that specific game. The Hard Hat is announced after every game to someone new.

This weekend’s Hard Hat went to coach on Friday night and Amy Menke on Saturday night. Congratulations to the both of them again.

All for now, thank you for reading!

Yours truly,

Amanda Koep :)

“Remember to always dream big and work hard every day.”



UND tennis falls to the Bobcats in season finale
The University of North Dakota tennis team was defeated by Montana State in its final match of the season by a score of 6-1 at the Anderson Tennis Center on Sunday, April 20. MORE
Chicago State holds off UND for 7-5 win
CHICAGO-- North Dakota loaded the bases in the ninth inning and had the go-ahead run at the plate but fell to host Chicago State, 7-5, in the finale of a three-game Western Athletic Conference... MORE
Martin sets the pace for UND at Big Sky Tourney
Head coach Natalie Martinson came to the Ocotillo Golf Resort wanting to see her team improve from its initial showing a year ago at the Big Sky Championship and her UND team got started in the... MORE
Muckenhirn, 10th inning onslaught lead UND to win
CHICAGO, Ill.-- What started as a pitcher's duel ended in a 7-1 win for North Dakota in 10 innings at Chicago State Saturday in Western Athletic Conference play. Behind a gem from starter... MORE
North Dakota drops series finale to Southern Utah
The University of North Dakota softball team was edged, 7-4, by Big Sky Conference leader Southern Utah on Saturday afternoon. MORE

advertisement