Ute goalie shelved until Spring Semester

By By Natalie Dicou

By Natalie Dicou

Melissa Kincher, the lone woman to earn a spot on the U hockey team last month, won’t be joining the team on the ice in games this fall because she was found to be academically ineligible.

“We are going to keep her in sight,” said Skatin’ Utes head coach Bob Wilkinson, who has said that Kincher is a talented goaltender who will continue to practice with the team.

“We went pretty high with the university to try to get her in,” Wilkinson said of his personal effort to get the 20-year-old Copper Hills High School graduate into the U.

Wilkinson plans to bring Kincher along to the team’s games so that she can get a sense of the speed of college hockey.

Kincher plans to enroll at Salt Lake Community College and transfer to the U in January if she earns a 3.0 GPA.

“I appreciate them giving her a shot next semester,” Wilkinson said of the university officials who considered Kincher’s application.

The Skatin’ Utes still have two other goalkeepers who will alternate starts.