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Senior goaltender Linder keeps Falcons in games

December 7, 2006

UW-River Falls senior goaltender Amber Lindner is modest in her accomplishments and will constantly say that hockey is a team game and that she just does what she can to help her team.

“I cover their backs when they need it and they cover mine,” Lindner said.

Lindner was recently named the conference player of the week following her efforts in goal against the No. 3 ranked UW-Stevens Point Pointers.

Her performance in goal helped the Falcons beat the Pointers and tie them over the weekend. Lindner said this was the first time in her four-year career with the Falcons that the team was able to beat Stevens Point on their home ice.

Lindner has been playing hockey since she was in the second grade, but it wasn’t until she was in seventh or eighth grade that she began playing goalie.

“I started because the girl’s hockey program in Moorhead didn’t have a goalie,” Lindner said. “I said I could try it and I kept going.”

And she has kept it going all the way through her college career at River Falls.

“I came here mainly for the hockey program,” Lindner said.

She went on to talk about how the Falcons had a strong season the winter before she came to River Falls and she wanted to be a part of it.UW-River Falls senior goaltender Amber Lindner is modest in her accomplishments and will constantly say that hockey is a team game and that she just does what she can to help her team.

“I cover their backs when they need it and they cover mine,” Lindner said.

Lindner was recently named the conference player of the week following her efforts in goal against the No. 3 ranked UW-Stevens Point Pointers.

Her performance in goal helped the Falcons beat the Pointers and tie them over the weekend. Lindner said this was the first time in her four-year career with the Falcons that the team was able to beat Stevens Point on their home ice.

Lindner has been playing hockey since she was in the second grade, but it wasn’t until she was in seventh or eighth grade that she began playing goalie.

“I started because the girl’s hockey program in Moorhead didn’t have a goalie,” Lindner said. “I said I could try it and I kept going.”

And she has kept it going all the way through her college career at River Falls.

“I came here mainly for the hockey program,” Lindner said.

She went on to talk about how the Falcons had a strong season the winter before she came to River Falls and she wanted to be a part of it.

“It’s amazing,” teammate Renae Bergh said. “When she’s in the net we’re so comfortable and confident.”

Bergh said she believes that Lindner’s play over the weekend was the reason the Falcons picked up a win and a tie in Stevens Point.

“I didn’t know the games were outstanding,” Lindner said of her weekend. “But people keep telling me that they were.”

Lindner said she thinks that playing for the Falcons has built her character, but thinks that anybody who plays any sport builds character by having a drive for doing something they love.

“Being involved in a sport can change you,” Lindner said. “Especially being in a team sport where you work with people, things and situations.”

Lindner’s hard work on the ice carries over to the classroom. The senior will be graduating in May with a degree in Communicative Disorders. Following her graduation from UWRF, Lindner hopes to go on to graduate school and get a doctorate in Audiology.

Lindner said she has hopes of coaching hockey once she finishes with her education. She is still unsure of what age group she would like to work with, but is leaning toward high school aged athletes.

In her spare time when not playing hockey or in class, Lindner likes to watch the sport on TV.

“If I’m not playing it, I’m watching it,” Lindner said. 

With the season almost at its midway point, Lindner said she has goals set aside for the team and herself.

“I’m just going to do everything I can to keep in games,” Lindner said. “We’re not scoring a lot of goals so every save counts. It’s a team sport, it’s not like one person can make or break a game. And we’re [the team] going to strive for what we can accomplish and take it step by step.”

This weekend the Falcons host Finlandia at home on Saturday and Sunday. Games are set to begin at 7:05 and 2:05 p.m., respectively.

These games are going to be tough for the Falcons because Finlandia is a conference foe.

Lindner said she knows that she and her teammates will have had a good week of practice and come out ready to play at Hunt Arena.

The Falcons play at Gustavus on Dec. 13.

“It’s amazing,” teammate Renae Bergh said. “When she’s in the net we’re so comfortable and confident.”

Bergh said she believes that Lindner’s play over the weekend was the reason the Falcons picked up a win and a tie in Stevens Point.

“I didn’t know the games were outstanding,” Lindner said of her weekend. “But people keep telling me that they were.”

Lindner said she thinks that playing for the Falcons has built her character, but thinks that anybody who plays any sport builds character by having a drive for doing something they love.

“Being involved in a sport can change you,” Lindner said. “Especially being in a team sport where you work with people, things and situations.”

Lindner’s hard work on the ice carries over to the classroom. The senior will be graduating in May with a degree in Communicative Disorders. Following her graduation from UWRF, Lindner hopes to go on to graduate school and get a doctorate in Audiology.

Lindner said she has hopes of coaching hockey once she finishes with her education. She is still unsure of what age group she would like to work with, but is leaning toward high school aged athletes.

In her spare time when not playing hockey or in class, Lindner likes to watch the sport on TV.

“If I’m not playing it, I’m watching it,” Lindner said. 

With the season almost at its midway point, Lindner said she has goals set aside for the team and herself.

“I’m just going to do everything I can to keep in games,” Lindner said. “We’re not scoring a lot of goals so every save counts. It’s a team sport, it’s not like one person can make or break a game. And we’re [the team] going to strive for what we can accomplish and take it step by step.”

This weekend the Falcons host Finlandia at home on Saturday and Sunday. Games are set to begin at 7:05 and 2:05 p.m., respectively.

These games are going to be tough for the Falcons because Finlandia is a conference foe.

Lindner said she knows that she and her teammates will have had a good week of practice and come out ready to play at Hunt Arena.

The Falcons play at Gustavus on Dec. 13.

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