Hey hockey fans,
Hope everyone is doing well and that the university students among us aren’t struggling too much with the end of semester madness. It’s crazy how fast this semester has gone by and with that, the hockey season as well. We have two games left before we begin our winter break, which is scary because it marks the halfway point of the season.
There have been some pretty big developments since I last blogged. The most important one is that our arena renovation is complete and we moved back into the Ed Meagher Arena over three weeks ago. It’s safe to say that it was worth the wait. The new dressing room is spectacular, the ice surface is strong, the boards and glass have good bounce and the benches are now separated from the fans. I would say the biggest upgrade is the dressing room. It’s now a shape where we can see everyone, the stalls are much bigger and it’s also the same size as the men’s room, which is a big step up for any women’s sports program. After our first week of playing in the new arena, we had a welcome party with our families in the dressing room. This was special for me, because my parents never saw the old dressing room, but having them there with my teammates and the other parents was very special. I feel like we are not only a tight knit group of girls, but that our families, who come watch us every game, are also a close group and they get along well.
The season has been progressing nicely and we were able to win a couple of games over the past few weekends, putting us closer to where we aim to be. Our game against Ottawa was very intense and it included the two teams trading 5 goals in the last five minutes of the game, with the Stingers coming out on top, 4-2. I was able to score the game winner off a nice play by our powerplay unit, which felt good and was a nice reward for our patient play. This past weekend we came from behind to take two points from Carleton in a shootout.
It’ll be a tough weekend closing out the first half of the season against the two top-ranked teams in the country, but these are always very intense and emotional games so we are very much looking forward to them. Friday’s game will be fun because it is the first women’s “ Skate For School” game. The game will be played at 10:30AM and 800 kids from local schools will be in attendance as this program aims to teach young students about the importance of staying in school.
Best of luck to everyone with the seasons and the forthcoming exam season.
With Stinger Pride,