PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State University women's ice hockey team adds another layer to its foundation in 2005-06 as the program is now in its third year.
The Panthers will drop the puck on the new season this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. with the opening of a 17-game slate, including seven games on home ice at Waterville Valley Ice Arena. PSU hosts North Country Community College from Saranac Lake, N.Y., a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
After one year as a club team, the PSU women's ice hockey program is in its second year as an affiliate in the athletic department, with eyes on becoming a varsity program in the future. Led by third-year head coach Mark Wojcinski, the Panthers have a roster of 21 players, including 14 veterans from last year's team.
2005-06 PSU Women's Ice Hockey Outlook
The interest in women's ice hockey at Plymouth State continues to grow, and Wojcinski is looking forward to another exciting campaign.
"We're very optimistic about the season," said Wojcinski
(right). "We have a returning core of good players, and
several good freshmen to fill in the spaces. Our team has a lot
more hockey experience, both the returnees and the newcomers. A lot
of the close games that we lost last season, we should win this
Wojcinski says the Panthers will be improved defensively. "We're strong along the blue line. The returnees have a year under their belts and we've got some young blood coming in."
Sophomores Jenna Lace (Pascoag, R.I.) and Katie Barany (Middlesex, Vt.) should lead the defensive unit, along with senior co-captain Laura Scala (East Falmouth, Mass.), who moved to defense at the end of last season. Senior assistant captain Sara Giroux (Augusta, Maine) will also be called on, and freshman Amanda Kreamer (Lynn, Mass.) looks like the top newcomer.
Senior co-captain Kelly Williams (Canaan, N.H.) and junior Krista Pettrey (Williston, Vt.) are the top two returning scorers from last season and should be among the team's offensive leaders again this winter.
"I expect them to put up a lot of points this season," says Wojcinski. "The two of them have been working well together in preseason. They seem to have a nose for the net."
Senior Holly Williams (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and sophomores Molly Perron (Hartland, Vt.) and Jordan Mayhew (Jamaica Plain, Mass.) should also be solid contributors to the Panther offense. Senior co-captain Angela Potvin (Augusta, Maine) and junior Sam Turner (Pawling, N.Y.) also add experience and offensive depth to the team. Look for freshman Kim Chandler (Andover, Mass.) to be among the top scorers of the newcomers, according to Wojcinski.
Freshman Lindsay DeLorie (Holliston, Mass.) will likely hold down goaltending duties for the Panthers, says Wojcinski, while sophomore Katelyn Quint (Conway, N.H.) gives the Panthers a solid second goalie.
"We're more experienced in goal than we've been in the past," says the coach. "Lindsay played as a youth growing up, and was a successful travel-league player. We're in good shape between the pipes."
Wojcinski is eager to get the season started.
"Our goal is to win as many games as possible, and we're going to win a lot of games," he says. "We want to prove we belong and we want to keep improving the program."
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