FARIBAULT, MINN.- Shattuck St. Mary’s girls hockey players Karolina Hengelmuller ’23 and Emma Hofbauer ’23 recently helped team Austria capture the gold medal at the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Division IB Women’s World Championship held in Radenthein, Austria.
Despite losing the opening game to Korea in overtime, the host country rebounded to win the next three contests to capture the title and earn promotion into the Division IA with the likes of Germany, France, Hungary, Norway and Italy.
Hengelmuller, who was the captain of the Austrian team, was named the tournament’s best defender, while Hofbauer tied for the scoring lead with six points (two goals, four assists) in three games.
“Winning the championship and gaining promotion is definitely a huge success for not just myself but Austrian hockey as well,” said Hengelmuller. “With the win, we were able to create a better path for the future generations. Serving as team captain meant that I was the first one to get the trophy and lifting it into the air was an indescribable feeling.”
SSM Director of Girls’ Hockey, Gordie Stafford weighed in on Hengelmuller and Hofbauer. “We are humbled and honored that these two elite athletes, Emma and Karolina, have chosen SSM to further develop their hockey skills in preparation for college and beyond,” said Stafford. “It’s a testament that SSM is the best place in the world for elite female hockey players to train. Both have shown incredible maturity in their adjustment to our school and demonstrate daily that they are ‘the real deal’ in terms of their hockey ability and character, but as positive, solid citizens as well.”
The Sabres hope both Hangelmuller and Hofbauer can continue their success at SSM while helping their respective teams in their quest for another national title.
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