Women’s Ice hockey season preview
By Sam Friedman and Tom Butto
As the next season approaches for the women’s ice hockey team, everyone knows that the team must do better than the 8-24-2 record that Quinnipiac posted last year. This idea is especially well-known to Coach Barrett, who remarked on the team chemistry that will certainly be challenged with 9 freshman on this year’s squad.
“We have 9 players, including 3 freshman goaltenders,” Barrett said. “But I feel confident that our upperclassmen will provide good leadership for our young players.”
Quinnipiac, who finished at the bottom of the conference last year, will need to rely on not just its key players, but on the whole team to play well to have a chance to make the conference tournament. Of course there are a couple of freshman who have high expectations. Brandice Moniz, a freshman forward from Ontario, was described by Coach Barrett as “a fast skater who is going to have the spotlight on her this year. She can score goals in clutch situations, and we are looking to her to be an important offensive player.”
In goal, Barrett expects to start Jamie Miller. She is a 5’5 goalie from Ontario who “can get down and block shots without losing her balance. It’s going to be important for our team to give her the defensive support she needs.”
However, Quinnipiac’s schedule is far from easy. They follow up their home game vs. Northeastern with two home games versus two of last year’s Frozen Four teams Boston College and St. Lawrence. After that they travel to Boston to face 3-time Frozen Four runner up Harvard who made the tournament last year in Cambridge on November 2, followed by a road game at Dartmouth a day later. One series which Coach Barrett is looking forward to is the two game set in Erie, PA vs. Mercyhurst, which follows the two game set in Detroit vs. Wayne State. “Going on the road to Wayne State and Mercyhurt will show our team chemistry and focus playing so far from home,” Barrett said. “It will be one of our challenges to our freshman to play on the road just as well as they would play at home.”
If Quinnipiac makes the conference tournament, they will play February 29-March 2 in the 1st round of the ECAC playoffs. The Championship game is March 9 at the highest seed.