Senior nursing student and women’s hockey captain, Sierra Meiners visited Finlandia Fridays this week to discuss the women’s hockey team and her final year in the nursing program. Meiners was named the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association’s (NCHA) Offensive Player of the Week this past week. Meiners was honored with the title but more so with the early season success, especially “with two wins under the belt and there are still plenty games to go.” Women’s hockey has a 2-5-1 conference record so far, and a 1-2-1 home record. Meiners attributes the success to the locker room atmosphere that is present this year. In the locker room, Meiners said the atmosphere is “all positive and everyone gets along really well. We do a lot of team bonding activities and honestly I think it has helped a bunch.” Meiners started her final season by playing in nine games, with five goals and 11 assists. “The girls coming in, I could tell at captain skates in the beginning of the season that everyone was just clicking, people were finding each other on the ice, the overall chemistry, and the winning mentality and not concentrating on the losing aspects has really helped a lot,” stated Meiners.
An Illinois native, Meiners played for the Milwaukee Junior Admirals before committing to Finlandia. What attracted Meiners to Finlandia was the size of the college, the outdoor setting, and the ability to both study nursing and play hockey, which is an opportunity that most schools do not offer. The small class sizes and the one-on-one time that professors offer are what really helped Meiners to succeed in her time here at Finlandia, that and “a lot of studying on the bus and losing a few hours of sleep here and there.” Heading into her last semester, Meiners is working on taking it all in before she has to graduate, as she mentioned “it’s over before you know it.”
Meiners stated that her mom was the inspiration behind her going into the nursing field. “Knowing that she had a kind of an impact on someone’s life with the job that she pursued,” had a huge impact on Meiners.
Women’s hockey is home this weekend, with two non-conference games against University of Minnesota Moorhead. Meiners stated that with players from Minnesota and Canada there will be more competitive games, which should make for a great matchup. Both games will be at the Houghton County Arena. Face off is at 7:15 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. For those who cannot make it to the game on Friday, tune into 99.3 The Lift to hear the game. Both games will be live streamed on fulions.com.
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