By Lethbridge Herald on October 6, 2017.
After a tough 2016-17 season, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorn women’s hockey team opens a new season this weekend with a home-and-home series with the Calgary Dinos.
The Pronghorns host the Dinos tonight at 7 p.m. at Nicholas Sheran.
“We continue to make strong progress off the ice, building culture and creating a winning environment within our group,” said Pronghorn head coach Michelle Janus. “Our main focus this weekend will be to prepare ourselves to play to our standards; focusing on what’s controllable and contributing to team successes each shift.”
The Pronghorns finished with a 3-21-1-3 record last season and were the lowest-scoring team in Canada West. However, the Pronghorns return 17 players from last season and welcome a strong recruiting class, including a trio of under-18 provincial team players. Forwards Ali Borrow and Ashley McCabe join the team from the B.C. team, while defender Eryn Johanson played on Team Saskatchewan.
Also joining the team and expected to contribute as freshmen are local product Kyra Greig and defender Ashly Nothof. Greig played last season with POE, while Nothof was a member of the Esso Cup Champion St. Albert Slash.
Highlighting the returning players are goaltender Alicia Anderson, newly named captain Mattie Apperson and last year’s leading scorer Tricia Van Vaerenbergh. Anderson led Canada West in saves last season with 829 and Van Vaerenbergh will look to improve on her 11 points from a season ago.
The Dinos also missed the post-season last year, finishing with a 4-19-1-4 record.
The Pronghorns and Dinos faced each other twice during the pre-season with both teams winning once. The Dinos beat the Pronghorns 3-2 in overtime in Lethbridge, while the Pronghorns shut out the Dinos 2-0 in Calgary.
Next weekend, the Pronghorns remain at home, hosting the Saskatchewan Huskies for a pair of games at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
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