Ellie Moser’s game has changed.
The Junior captain of the Farmington High School girls’ hockey team that recently took home the Consolation Championship trophy at the Minnesota Girls’ State High School Hockey Tournament has, in her own words, “grown to love D-Zone play this season.”
She credits honing hockey sense and going through an early season offensive slump as reasons for becoming a better defensive player and more of a 200 foot player.
Moser was blessed with good size and speed, and has long been a scorer and a shooter. Evidence to this was on display in her sophomore season where she and two teammates accounted for over 90 points. They were on fire offensively.
Following her second year of high school she committed to Bemidji State University, where she has received a hockey scholarship.
Things got tough at the beginning of her Junior year. For whatever reason - bad bounces, tough breaks, fate not smiling upon her - the goals dried up.
“It was frustrating for me. I felt I was playing well, working hard, but the puck wouldn’t go in,” said Moser.
She took the opportunity to work more on defensive zone play and also used a tool called Hockey IntelliGym to continue honing her hockey sense. IntelliGym is a software program used by USA Hockey to help players develop anticipation, hone decision making and improve spatial awareness. It’s helped the National Team Development Program (NTDP) gain worldwide acclaim. Since adopting IntelliGym, team USA has medaled in 23 of the last 24 international tournaments, winning 16 gold medals, and six IIHF U18 World Championship titles.
“The scoring slump was an opportunity to get better in other areas, including D-Zone play,” Moser commented. “I’d been training with IntelliGym for two years already. Originally I thought the video-game like feel was fun. However, I quickly saw it was a serious tool that could help my game.”
Things turned around quickly.
Moser ended the season as the team’s leading scorer - averaging about a point per game. She also received MSHSL All-Tournament and All-State Honorable Mention recognition. She played a key role in Farmington earning their first State Tournament appearance in 9 years. A feat that included their beating longtime nemesis Lakeville South in the Section Championship.
“IntelliGym helped me improve my D-Zone and overall play,” said Moser. “I feel it made me more aware on the ice, and filled in gaps in my hockey sense. I’ve always been strong and physical, but as a tool it helped me get where I needed to. I am going to keep training with it as I prep for my Senior year and then to play at Bemidji State.”
“We wish Ellie the best for her Senior year,” said Sean Goldsworthy of Hockey IntelliGym. “It’s great to hear about her progress and that the IntelliGym has helped her round out her game. We’ve always thought that the tool was a great way for players on the third or fourth line to gain an edge and get more playing time. Ellie’s experience shows is that cognitive training with IntellIGym can show amazing results for top players who have the physical gifts but want to refine specific elements of their game.”