By Russ Owens
STEVENS POINT (WAOW)- With a youthful squad, sometimes getting everyone to adjust to a brand new system can be tough as head coach Wil Nichol and the Pointer men's hockey team have realized.
Says Head Coach Wil Nichol, "They've been thrown into the fire but at the same time, they've done well, it's just that the results havn't been there and that's been the toughest part. I love their effort, I love their character."
The team finally got its first conference win of the year with an upset win over then 9th ranked UW-Superior last Saturday night. And the team says it will use that game to help turn this 4-8 season around.
Says Senior Garrett Suter, "I think we just have to come together and do the little things, we weren't doing the little things, we weren't playing full games, weren't playing the full 60 and we did that on Saturday night and we got the win."
Says Senior Tom Upton, "Everyone stayed positive, we have a really young team and we just had to come together the first couple weeks but lately we've been on a roll so we're just gonna try to keep that going."
Says Nichol, "Especially in this league, it's not always who starts the hottest but who finishes the hottest and I believe in this team, I love this team."
The Pointers start a two game home set with UW-Eau Claire tonight. And in the second game on Saturday, it's a special night as the Pointers will hold a "black out" in a game where all proceeds raised with an auction will go to benefit breast cancer awareness.
Says Nichol, "Cancer touches everyones lives, it's touched my life with friends and family members who have battled it. All the money from that night as far as 50/50 sales, sales from the pink roses, sales from the jerseys in the silent auction, all that is going to go to cancer patients."
Online Reporter- Russ Owens