Women’s hockey team looks to bounce back

The SAIT Trojans women’s hockey team will look to experience and maturity to improve on four straight losses to start the 2016-2017 season.

“I think our maturity is one of our biggest strengths right now,” says head coach Terry Larson.

Larson said the team is not as young or as “rookie-like” as last season, which is a big improvement.

“Even the first-year players coming in are coming from different institutions, so they already have experience playing at this level,” Larson said in an interview.

“We also have a really good core coming back from last year with great leadership.”

After opening the season with straight losses, Larson said, “we didn’t play our game.

“Now it’s about regrouping, coming back, staying positive and building from that.”

Larson said one of the weaknesses, which time will fix, is getting together as a team.

“When you’re turning over half a team from the previous year, you’ve got that process of bringing in all of those players together as a team.”

Second-year forward, Keely Somers, said with many of the first-year players having played for other institutions, they don’t give off a “rookie vibe.”

“They have lots of heart and are really good at battling,” said Somers.

“You can tell that all the girls that came from different universities want to be here.”

Another aspect of the team Somers likes is the level of communication in the dressing room and on the ice.

“Although we have our captains that will say everything that needs to be said, everyone else also talks a lot.”

In continuing to do her part to help the team, Somers said she needs to be more confident with the puck.

“Coach Larson tells me every day I need more confidence, and I need to use my speed.”

One of the first-year players looking to make an impact this season is forward Shealee Dolan.

Although only a first-year, Dolan brings plenty of experience after spending the 2015-2016 season playing for the Northern Alberta X-treme, a hockey academy team working with student-athletes to help them achieve success.

Dolan said she knows, being a first-year, she will need to work hard and show she belongs here.

“I need to prove to myself, to the coaches and to the team that I’m willing to give it my all,” said Dolan.

“If I want to move higher into the lineup, I definitely need to work harder at everything.”

Dolan said that the end goal for the team is to make it to the championship, but the work ethic needs to be there in order to achieve that goal.

“We need to work hard, on and off the ice, and make sure all our goals are met.”

For the first four games of the season, forwards Madison Colbow and Tessa Wilson are tied for the team lead in points, with four apiece.

Now it’s about regrouping, coming back, staying positive, and building from that. – Terry Larson

Goaltender Emma Greenwood has played in all four games for the Trojans so far this season, boasting a .903 save percentage, and a 3.40 goals-against average.

The Trojans were to take to the ice again on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 for a home-and-home series against the Red Deer College Queens.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Joel Griffith is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2016-17 academic year.