The UND women’s team had a unique situation Saturday.
Defenseman Tanja Eisenschmid had to fly out of the Minneapolis airport at about 7 p.m. Saturday to get to Europe and join the German National Team for its Olympic-qualifying tournament.
Meanwhile, UND had a game in Mankato at 3:30 p.m.
So, what do you do?
Eisenschmid played a period and a half. Then, coach Brian Idalski pulled her off the ice. Eisenschmid hustled to the locker room and changed out of her uniform and hopped in a car with assistant coach Erik Fabian, who drove her to MSP.
Eisenschmid caught her flight and was able to follow updates from her cell phone on the way. Eisenschmid also took advantage of the 30 minutes she played. She scored the first goal of the game, her second of the season.
UND was able to relax a bit when Eisenschmid had to leave because the team was already up by four goals.
UND takes on Bemidji State this weekend and will be without several players who are competing in Olympic qualifiers: Eisenschmid (Germany), Andrea Dalen (Norway), Jorid Dagfinrud (Norway) and Josefine Jakobsen (Denmark), who had nine points last weekend.
The IIHF has a great story on Dalen and Jakobsen, who are roommates at UND, battling for one spot in the Olympic Games. Read that story here.