Andrew Liwiski played 102 games with the Dauphin Kings, a team he grew up watching and his goal was always to be a part of the organization. Following a 52 game stint with the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in the 2017-18 season, Liwiski's dream came true as he joined Dauphin for the following season.
He helped Dauphin advance to the playoffs in his two years and he was poised to make a run with his hometown team when the season was ultimately shut down last year because of the novel coronavirus.
So Liwiski set his mind on the future and that future had him heading to Northland College. The defender from Dauphin committed to the Jacks. He packed up his bags and made his way to Ashland, Wisconsin in mid-August, but the team didn't begin practicing until the start of October.
After a significant delay to the start of the season, the Jacks were finally able to hit the ice in-game action as on Wednesday, February 3, Northland was on home ice against the University of Wisconsin-Superior at the Bay Area Civic Center.
Liwiski says he's just happy to be on the ice in a competitive game. Prior to February 3, the last time he played in a meaningful game was back on March 10, 2020, when Dauphin beat Portage in double overtime, 1-0. The Dauphinite has now played in five games with his new team and as a freshman; he's still in the feeling out process.
"Guys are obviously bigger, stronger, and it's a change of pace playing against guys that are almost 25-years-old," said Liwiski. "It's been a bit of a challenge, but I'm just trying to stay positive, and work as hard as I can."
A 3-1 loss against the University of Wisconsin - River Falls on Wednesday night dropped the Jacks to 0-5 to begin the season. However, Wednesday's game will go down as one that Andrew won't forget as he recorded his first-ever college point, an assist early in the third period on a goal from Zack Fisher.
With just five more games left in their conference schedule before the playoffs, Liwiski knows the team has what it takes to make a solid second-half run. Only two of their five losses have been by three or more goals.
"We're not getting the results we want, but I'm pretty happy with where my game is at right now," ended Liwiski. "It's been a weird year with restrictions and not being on the ice for quite a while, so I'm happy with how things are going. I think we're ready to change things around here and I'm happy to be a part of this group."
The team's next game is on Friday evening against the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, the same team that Andrew recorded his first college point against 48 hours prior.