Richards skates in women’s hockey national title game

by Tom Coombe
Sydni Richards’ first season of collegiate hockey was a memorable one.
Competing for Midland University of Nebraska, Richards was part of a team that reached the national championship game of ACHA Division I Women’s Hockey.
In the March 20 title tilt, Midland fell 5-1 to Liberty University.
Midland capped its season with a 20-8-1 record, and Richards, who graduated from Ely High School last spring, played a key role.
Playing defense, Richards had a more prominent role as the season moved forward and was in the lineup at the ACHA National Tournament, which was held in suburban St. Louis.
“This season has done lots for me as I feel as if I improved immensely,” said Richards. “I went from not playing much in the beginning of the year to playing till the last seconds of a game! Overall it was a great experience and I can’t wait for next year.”
A product of Ely’s youth hockey system, Richards played high school hockey for several seasons at Eveleth-Gilbert, which formed a cooperative with several schools including Ely.
In her senior year, Richards and the Golden Bears played a home game in Ely and she eventually signed a letter of intent to play collegiately at Midland.
Midland was runner-up in both the conference and national tournaments and its 20 wins was the most against Division I competition.
“This season has been great and we accomplished a lot of firsts,” said Richards.“We beat Minot for the first time and eventually beat them in a close 4-3 game in order to make our first appearance in the national tournament.”