Answering the call: Schaack helps Cobbers turn season around
A difficult schedule did nothing to deter Amber Schaack and her Concordia teammates this winter.
“We knew that we were playing tough teams,” Schaack said. “It was only gonna make us better. I think we kept a pretty positive outlook and learned something new from each game.”
Concordia eventually found its groove, finishing the regular season 11-1-1, and its 11-5-2 mark was good for fourth in the 10-team Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“We went in with the same mindset that if we played our game, we could beat anybody,” Schaack said. “Most of the time, we did that.”
Schaack played on the top two lines, finishing with seven points. Her five goals were fourth-best on the team.
Getting acclimated to the college game took a little while, she said.
“The game’s a lot faster,” Schaack said. “Obviously, the competition’s up there. I think I adjusted pretty well. It took a couple games to get my feet under me, but I was definitely looking forward to playing against elite hockey players.”
In the postseason, the Cobbers advanced to the MIAC semifinals after beating St. Catherine 2-1 in overtime. Concordia had to rally, but did so with the help of Schaack’s game-tying goal in the second period.
“It was a really good feeling knowing I tied the game back up,” Schaack recalled.
The former standout at Jamestown High School had an impressive prep career, leading her team to the state semifinals twice. She finished her four-year career with 175 points including 132 goals scored.
Schaack said she doesn’t think about her high school career or being Miss Hockey much anymore.
“People ask about it, but I’m more focused on my college career,” she said. “It was definitely an honor, but I’m focusing on the future.”
Schaack, who is majoring in physical education, said making the playoffs was the highlight of her first season.
“We were definitely pumped, but we made sure we didn’t get too ahead of ourselves,” she said. “At game time, we settled down and focused on what we needed to do.”
The Cobbers lose just two seniors, which has the team beaming with optimism.
“We’re pretty set with our core girls,” Schaack said. “We should be good for the next couple years.”
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