Updated: November 26, 2020 10:54 PM
Created: November 26, 2020 06:50 PM
Last summer Naomi Rogge suffered a bad knee injury which forced her to step away from hockey for over a year.
Following a long road to recovery, the forward netted her first goal since March 1st, 2019 in the UMD women's hockey team's season opener last Friday.
"I was able to turn that kind of nervous energy into good production, and I was able to get a great shot at net that ended up going in," said Rogge. "You could just hear the girls on the bench going nuts. Having your team be that excited for you is something that is so special."
It took surgery, and about 12 months of physical therapy to get her ready for this year.
"Just getting used to starting at ground zero was probably the hardest thing mentally for me. To know that I was doing this weight like a couple months ago and now I'm down to zero," Rogge said, "like that was probably the most mentally and psychically tough thing for me."
She added that the longer preseason helped her regain confidence in high contact situations.
Tallying one goal and two assists in their weekend series against MSU-Manktao, she helped the Bulldogs secure their first sweep of the season.
Next up is rivalry weekend against Minnesota. Puck drop is set for Friday at 6:07pm and Saturday at 3:07pm at AMSOIL Arena.
"They're always great competition, especially when they come in to our rink. We're super excited about it, and we're just focusing on us. We know if we're the best we can be, that's all we can control and we're going to be happy with that," Rogge said.
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