The EDSS girls’ hockey team is well on its way to redemption after a disappointing 2015-2016 season.
Seven games into this season, the Lancers are undefeated, and have their sights set on the championship.
“We lost in the quarterfinals last year, and last year we also had our only regular season loss in four years,” said head coach Steve Karn. “The girls are pretty pumped to try and redeem themselves this year, for sure.”
He says the chances are good for this year’s team, especially with a small group of returning fifth-year players at the helm. Other teams just don’t stack up.
“We have three really balanced lines and it is very difficult for other teams to match up to all three lines. Most of the other teams have one really good line, and they taper down, but with us, I can rotate any of those three lines to start the game,” he said. “It doesn’t matter and they are pretty equal. The scoring this season is really balanced, but that is a good problem to have.”
One of those lines is made up of three fifth-year players who also play together outside of school: Rachel Weber, Meg Martin and Marlee Kernick.
“They are dominant,” said Karn. “When they are on the ice, they have the puck. They have been playing together so long that they stand out.”
There is another girl on the team who Karn says has show significant improvement since the start of the season. It is Madi Oliver’s first year on the EDSS team.
“She has elevated our game,” he said. “We have had some really good defenders come through here and she may even be our number one. She is a very, very strong player.”
The team still has three games left before the postseason begins. Karn says the lady Lancers are up for the challenge.
“We play Waterloo Oxford on Feb. 8 and that is the big one – the Battle of the Barns. On the Monday, we play Huron Heights and they are a very competitive team. Then our last game is against Sir John A. MacDonald,” he said, adding that the break is for exams. “We just got back from a pretty long break at Christmas, then you play two or three games, and you are off for another couple weeks and then play another three games. It is difficult to keep the momentum going, but for the girls, a lot of them play together outside of school as well. That is very helpful for us. They are all playing hockey. They know what they have to do. It is a good bunch.”