Former Huskie moving up in hockey record book
Former Owatonna hockey standout Jessica VonRuden, right, is tearing up the ice for Adrian College. She has moved up to second in goals and third in both points and game-winning goals in program history. Submitted photo
Jessica VonRuden is moving up in the Adrian College women's ice hockey record book.
In her final college season, the Owatonna High School graduate has had a career year. Heading into the National Collegiate Hockey Association semifinals, she led the team with 27 goals, including five game-winners, 19 assists in 27 games.
The five-foot-six forward was named to the all-conference team for a third time in her five years.
Her production has moved her into second place in goals and third place in both points and game-winning goals in program history. Her 64 assists ranked sixth.
Knowing that this was her final season was a drive for the graduate student to surpass last year's 23 points – her second-lowest total at Adrian.
"I think it's a matter of me wanting to do better," said VonRuden. "Obviously my success comes from the help of my teammates."
She has more than doubled her goals from last year and recorded a career-high six multigoal efforts.
"She's an incredible student-athlete," Adrian head coach Shawn Skelly said. "She has an incredible shot, probably one of the hardest in the country. She's able to use her speed to take advantage of the opportunities she gets just by being able to outwork opponents."
VonRuden missed two games last year but has played in every game three of the past four years.
"She's put in a lot of time off the ice getting in phenomenal shape and so she's not injury prone," said Skelly. "The longevity of her career has been really good on the back end."
Her next most successful season was in 2020-21 when she had 20 goals, including five game-winners and 14 assists. She was named the conference Player of the Year that year.
"I've done pretty well for myself. This year we have a really talented group," VonRuden said.
She has the all-conference honors yet would like to cap her career with an All-American award. "I think that would be a great achievement," she said.