Friday, July 16, 2010

Women's hockey news

Catching up on some items in the women's hockey world ...

Gustavus Adolphus coach Mike Carroll hired Ruthann Kragh as his new assistant coach. Kragh was an assistant at Minnesota State for five years (2001-2005) and the head coach at Bemidji State for three years  (1998-2000). After leaving MSU, she has worked as the registrar at Mankato's Bethany Lutheran College. Kragh, who is married to Bethany baseball coach Ryan Kragh, will replace Andrea Peterson on the Gusties bench. According to Gustavus' release, Kragh will assist Carroll with practice planning, player development and recruiting.

Speaking of former MSU assistants, Dan Lichterman (2003-2007) has stepped down as the head women's coach at Maine to pursue other opportunities. He and his family have moved to the Toronto area. In three seasons with the Black Bears, Lichterman's teams went 15-70-13.

As for the Mavericks, they announced their 2010-11 schedule earlier this month. They will open the season at home on Oct. 8-9 against Niagara.

Getting to the high school (possibly future college) ranks, Mankato East's Savannah Quandt was picked to participate in the USA Hockey Select 15 National Camp in Rochester, N.Y., next week. Quandt will play with and against the best 100 or so 15-year-olds in the country. It's believed that she's the second Mankato player to get chosen for the festival, joining West's Katy Kvasnicka, who went to the event two years ago. Look for more on Quandt's opportunity in The Free Press in the coming days.

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