Athletics

Falcons Hockey programs begin 10th seasons tonight

Photo by Jordan Vredeveld
Photo by Jordan Vredeveld

MEQUON, Wis. – The Concordia University Wisconsin Men's and Women's Hockey programs will begin their 10th seasons tonight as hockey season is finally upon us. The Men's program will host Lake Forest Friday night, while the Women will visit Hamline for a two-game series.

CUWFalcons.com gets your ready for the 10th Anniversary of the Hockey Programs with some facts about each teams heading into the season.

Women's Hockey – The Falcons have won 68 games over the first nine seasons. The two best years in program history came in 2010-11 when CUW won a program-best 13 games and in 2014-15 when they posted a 12-11-5 record.

BEST MOMENT: The Falcons skated all the way to the NCHA Championship game in 2014-15, the first year under current head coach Steve Fabiilli. CUW downed No. 4 Adrian in the semifinals en route to the finals, where they were stunned in the final seconds by Lake Forest.

THREE THINGS TO KNOW HEADING INTO YEAR 10

1) Senior Veronika Metanova is one of the top returning Falcons this season, having scored 59 points in her career thus far. She already ranks seventh on the Falcons all-time list and will certainly jump a few more spots with a strong senior campaign.

2) Metanova isn't the only returner who has shown an ability to score for the Falcons. Junior captain Lexi Holman returns after posting the tied for the third best season in program history last winter. Holman totaled 27 points, scoring 12 goals and adding 15 helpers in 2015-16.

3) With Holman and Metanova highlighting the returning goal scorers, the Falcons defensive unit will be led by the return of two All-NCHA Freshmen selection from last season. Ellie Woodman had nine points in 25 games last season and is expected to lead the blueliners this year. Christina Pattengale was an All-Freshmen Team goalie last year. She and Allison Kurek both return this winter after each seeing plenty of time between the pipes in 2015-16.

Men's Hockey – CUW is coming off a program-best 11-win season in 2015-16 and has high expectations entering Friday night. The Falcons are receiving a vote in both national polls and return plenty of firepower from last season's team.

BEST MOMENT: The Falcons not only won a program-best 11 games last season but also defeated three ranked opponents in 2015-16. CUW gained wins over MSOE, UW-Eau Claire, and St. Scholastica at the time those opponents were ranked a season ago. CUW had just one win over a top-15 opponent entering 2015-16. 

THREE THINGS TO KNOW HEADING INTO YEAR 10

1) The Falcons return 75 percent of their scoring from a season ago, including six of their top seven scorers in 2015-16. Sophomore Stefen Seel is the leading returning point scorer, after posting a 20-point campaign during his freshman season. Sophomore Connor Hogg is the leading returning goal scorer, lighting the lamp seven times.

2) Jack Romanuik returns as the goaltender with the most experience from last year. Romanuik started 15 games during his rookie campaign and posted a 3.06 GAA. He made 429 saves while finishing the year with a .901 save percentage.

3) The blueline returns four players who skated in at least 22 games last year. Among those will be 2016-17 assistant captains Josh Herrington and David Haaf. Haaf had a strong first season with the Falcons last year as the Adrian transfer totaled 10 points in 24 games.