Women's Hockey News

Ravens women’s hockey 2014-2015 season preview

Written by Lisa Wallace

2013-14 regular season record: 1-15-4

2013-14 National Ranking : N/A

2013-14 OUA Playoff record: N/A

National Ranking – N/A

This season – It is a new era for the Ravens women’s hockey team as Pierre Alain takes over outgoing head coach Shelley Coolidge. The program grew exponentially under Coolidge over the years, but last season was a disappointing one for the Ravens finishing 1-15-4. There is little doubt the Ravens will look to significantly improve its record this season and aim for a post season berth. Despite the loss of some veteran players the Ravens feel they are poised to compete in the RSEQ. The Ravens will need to make the most of its opportunities as they will be up against some of the strongest teams in the country. McGill and Montreal, both part of the RSEQ, are ranked number one and two respectively. Carleton will get the chance to see how they match up against the Montreal Carabins in the second week of action.

Key additions: Rebecca Dow, Katelyn Steele.

Key losses: Sydnie MacDonald, Erin Beaver, Victoria Gouge, Kelsey Vander Veen and Samantha Coates.

Key veterans: Sadie Wegner, Jasmine Levesque, Tamber Tisdale.

Player to watch: Sadie Wegner, Tamber Tisdale.

Greatest strength: Hard work and collective tactical system.

Greatest weakness: Ability to score goals on a regular basis.

Outlook for upcoming season from head coach Pierre Alain: Our main goal is to make the playoffs. The Ravens have high expectations. We are looking to get better everyday on and off the ice, be active in the community, and begin to build a strong foundation for continued success. A strong work ethic, commitment to discipline and team effort will lead to improved success.

Who to watch in your division: In order for the Ravens to advance to the post season they will need to be at their best against Concordia and the University of Ottawa.

Lessons learned from last season: Seeing as this will be head coach Pierre Alain’s first season behind the Ravens bench he prefers to look forward and have the team start with a clean slate.