Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Colorado Mesa goalie Amanda Nold is the only female on the team, but that doesn’t bother her, because she is used to being the only female on a men’s team. Nold has helped the Mavs to a 12-5-2 record this season.

The girl goalie

Amanda Nold just one of the guys on CMU men’s hockey team

Amanda Nold seemed as lonely as a hermit as she minded the net.
But suddenly she had to flip the switch when an opposing forward snagged the puck and was zipping toward her. Nold slapped her stick flat to the ice and dropped to her knees as the threat slid toward the left side of the net.
The player ripped a shot, and Nold flicked the puck away like it was a pesky fly, then shifted to the other side of the net to defend a possible second shot. Her work was done for the moment.
As the starting goalie and the only woman on Colorado Mesa University’s men’s club hockey team, Nold’s gender is unnoticeable when she plays.
When the Mavericks got two penalties, it was time for Nold to get back to work. During the opponent’s 5-on-3 attack, she swatted away a couple of shots, and Mesa’s penalty killers did the rest.
Nold talks about playing on the men’s team with the matter-of-fact tone of making a Starbucks order.
It’s no big deal. It’s nothing out of the ordinary to her. She said she’s just one of the guys.


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