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Women’s hockey preview

The Trojans women’s hockey team will be bringing their “A-game” on the ice this season, as they plan to bring home the gold.

“I’m really excited for the season,” said coach Terry Larson.

“We have a bunch of great returning players, as well as rookies coming in that are really strong and are really going to push the vets.” Larson said the team seems to be getting along just fantastic in the preseason, and they are all working hard and battling hard.

In only one game of the pre-season were they outshot by other teams.

To Larson, that’s a big plus from past years where they were always fighting to get back in the games and this year they’re not.

“We’re taking the play to the other teams, so we just need to work on some defensive stuff and shooting,” said Larson.

“That’s what a lot of our practices have been based around,” said second-year player Cara Daudlin.

“I’m looking forward to see how well we can do as a team, how well we can work together and how many games we can win.” Daudlin said the team has a lot of strong suits.

She thinks this is probably the best team we’ve had in years.

Sarah Bodder, a third-year player, said the team has a lot of speed that they can use to their advantage this season.

The whole team chemistry is what Larson believes is one of the team’s strongest suits, and it’s one of the most important things.

“That is one of the most important things with stepping forward,” said Larson.

“It doesn’t matter how good you are, if you don’t get along it’s not going to be that fantastic.” One year playing with the team can make a difference, Larson said they just look so much more comfortable and smooth on the ice.

Daudlin said as a veteran, you have less nerves, but there are more expectations to step up and be a leader.

“It feels better that you can settle in faster, but people are also looking up to you in leadership in both on the ice and off the ice,” said Bodder.

Without a goal set yet, Larson believes the team is looking to get better every game every time they step on the ice.

“It’ll be a fun year and I think we have the potential to be a very strong team in our league,” said Daudlin.

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