Playoff berth Job #1 for SAIT women’s hockey team in 2019

The SAIT Trojans women’s hockey team is sitting in fifth place overall this season, one spot below the top four playoff contenders, and keeping their heads up despite the average start to the season.

The Trojans managed to come away with a win after playing against MacEwan University on Nov. 17 following a five game losing streak.

“We were just taking too many penalties at the beginning of the month,” said Kelsey Leifson, the head coach.

“The focus hasn’t changed since the beginning of the season, but we definitely need to focus on moving our feet and being more accountable moving forward,” Leifson added.

High Hopes: Women’s Trojans head coach Kelsey Leifson poses for a photo at SAIT on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. The Trojans are currently one spot below a playoff opportunity. (Photo by Ryan Korobko/The Press)

The Christmas break saw the Trojans practicing hard in order to have a better chance of clinching the last playoff spot in the new year.

“Obviously the girls all have to focus on their studies but we plan on doing dry land training and spending lots of time on the ice until our next game [Jan. 10 against the Olds College Broncos],” said the coach.

Leifson said she felt it was more than possible for the team to make it to playoffs if the players work harder.

“Our goal for the New Year is to try and work our way into a playoff spot.”

The Trojans split a pair of games against Olds to begin the second half of the season, and face home-and-home weekend series against two teams ahead of them in the standings, Red Deer College and MacEwan College, to round out January.


“Courage, Determination, Spirit,” are words that are displayed on the wall in the Trojans home arena. The Trojans hope to clinch a playoff spot come the New Year. (Photo by Ryan Korobko/The Press)
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As a news reporting and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Ryan Korobko is working as a writer for The Press during the 2018-19 academic year.