October 10, 2012

Polenska Uses Offseason to Hone Skills with Czech Republic National Team

Znojmo & Prerov, Czech Republic —After an exciting Brown women's hockey season in 2011-2012, finishing second on the team in goals and third in both points and assists, senior co-captain Alena Polenska (Kutna Hora, Czech Republic), returned home for the summer. She did not, however, forget about hockey. From August 29 to September 2, Polenska trained at a hockey camp for the Czech Republic Senior Women's National Team, of which she is the captain.

Although the team was missing 10 players, due to work or school commitments, they received a helping hand—from the U18 National Team.

"These players fulfilled their roles very well," said Polenska. "That's what was great about the camp. We had a very different team than what we are used to, but still managed to come together within those few days to create great chemistry on and off the ice."

The chemistry certainly paid off: Polenska lead her team to three victories in three consecutive days against Slovakia. The Czech Republic took the first game, in Znojmo, 3-1. Then they traveled to Prerov, where they shut out the opposition, 3-0, in front of a crowd of almost 1,000. They then annihilated Slovakia 12-2 in the final contest.

"It was a great start to the season," Polenska said. "I hope we can keep that up."

Polenska is back in Providence, practicing with the Bears for the upcoming season. Her first games as co-captain of Brown women's hockey will be on Oct. 26-27, on the road against Cornell and Colgate.