Wiltscheck commits to UW-Stevens Point

NEW ULM — Ashtyn Wiltscheck, who scored 21 goals and added in 26 assists last season for the New Ulm Eagles girls’ hockey team, will play college hockey for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point beginning next year.

Last season the Pointers finished 13-11-3 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Wiltscheck, who is entering her senior year for the Eagles, said that she chose to play for the Pointers because she liked the atmosphere at Stevens Point and also felt comfortable with head coach Anne Ninnemann and her philosophy.

She enters her senior season with the Eagles with career marks of 39 goals, 38 assists for 77 points in 83 games. She had also shown interest in Marian College, St. Ben’s, St. Catherine University and St. Mary’s.

Wiltscheck said that she knows she knows she has to work on her speed and skills.

This summer Wiltscheck has done that playing summer hockey and attending camps.

Wiltscheck also played last season with University of Maine-bound Ali Beltz.

“She and I were really close and she was comfortable in telling me if I messed up or not,” Wiltscheck said. “She was a big part of her helping me grow as a player. We worked well together. She had a lot of influence on me.”

She has also had been encouraged and influenced by two other important people in her life.

“My dad [Brad] and coach Scott Cooper have been the biggest influences on me,” she said. “My dad took me to Harman Park at night and we would play hockey. I would also shoot cans in the garage with a hockey stick. He would help me. Coach Cooper always had a lot of faith in me.”

Wiltscheck, who will major in nursing, said that playing college hockey has always been something she has wanted to do since she was young.