Elkhorn’s Karli Frederick hoisted a national championship trophy won in Texas.
The daughter of Rodney and Bonita Frederick helped the Assiniboine Community College women’s hockey team claim the American Collegiate Association Division II national title. The Brandon-based squad, stocked with mostly first and second-year student athletes, defeated American and Canadian schools alike, laden with older competitors, to claim the championship in their second trip to the national tournament.
“All of it was so surreal and one of the best moments of my life,” Frederick said.
Ex-NHLer Sheldon Kennedy, also from Elkhorn, tweeted out his congrats on the team’s accomplishment.
Frederick, a second-year forward, played many roles for the Cougars at the tournament after finishing as the team’s third leading scorer in the regular season with 23 points, including an ACC-best 15 assists, in 25 games.
“Karli was instrumental in our games playing a regular shift, power play, penalty kill, and took all defensive zone face offs when called upon,” ACC head coach Tony Bertone said.
In Frisco, Texas, ACC knocked off New Jersey’s Rowan University, 6-1; Ontario’s Lakehead University, 2-1, and North Dakota’s Minot State University, 1-0. ACC had not beaten MSU in their last six meetings. When asked what allowed the team to be successful in Frisco, Bertone said:
“Total team commitment from the goalie to the forwards. They just kept getting stronger and more focused on every game.”
Frederick said she enjoyed, “how close we are and how we came together as a team and were able to go undefeated all week and win it all. I also enjoyed how much confidence our coaches gave us and made sure we knew that we could do it and they had no doubt in us and that was a huge factor in our success.”
She also had the strong support of her family.
“My parents were able to make the trip out and be able to support me in Dallas,” Frederick said. “Other family members that couldn’t make the trip made me feel the support by sending lots of texts wishing me good luck.”
The championship was a great way for Frederick to wrap up her career at ACC. She studied agribusiness.
A pair of former Virden Oil Capitals helped Minot State University win the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I men’s championship.
Dylan Gejdos and Landyn Cochrane both were members of the Beavers team that claimed the title in Frisco, Texas. Ranked No. 6, MSU upset its way to the national championship, including beating Iowa State University, 3-1, in the finals.
Cochrane, a product of Russell, played most of last season with the Oil Caps. The forward suffered a season-ending knee injury four games into the MSU season. While many others would have moped, Beavers head coach Wade Regier said Cochrane offered his service in any way to help the team and became its equipment manager.
“He helped the boys behind the scenes to feel a part of normalcy,” Regier said. “His presence was a calming influence on our roster and our locker room.”
Medicine Hat’s Gejdos played the 2012-2013 season in Virden and two games of the following campaign. The fourth-year player was fourth on the Beavers in scoring with 15 goals and 30 points in 38 games this season.
“Dylan had a huge impact on our program,” Regier said. “He was also one of those most versatile players to come through the program. His ability to be one of the best penalty killers as well as add offence shows his impressive hockey IQ. He was the ultimate competitor who put in countless hours off the ice and it showed at the national tournament.”