Lady Gaels excited to host Nationals in Napanee

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

University women’s hockey…the Canadian championship tournament gets underway on Thursday at the Strathcona Paper Centre in Napanee…and the host team—the Queen’s Gaels can’t wait to hit the ice…

Matt Holmberg/Gaels Coach

“Were really excited–its been a year and a half since we’ve known–we had to finish through last year and we took the approach this season to take it game by game and try to win an OUA banner so we would’nt be thinking about Nationals but now its here…and this is all we’ve got left so were pumped and extremely excited.”

Stephanie Pascal/ Goaltender

“I think were all just really excited to get going..this is a great opportunity we have and ya, were going in as an underdog but were thriving on that and were just going to build the energy–we don’t have to play nervous–just go out there and have fun and enjoy the experience.”

The Gaels are seeded 8th in the 8-team tournament–they open up against the top seed…the British Columbia Thunderbirds

Holmberg/

“We believe 100 per cent that we belong here and we have every opportunity to go far in this tournament..UBC’s a great team—thats who we play in the first game–were very familiar with them–we’ll need to be at our best but I’m confident we have the ability to do that and it should be a good one…we’ve carefully studied UBC–there goaltending and elements of their game so we’ve video and practised knowing who are opponent is.”

Pascal/

“Were a skilled enough team where we can go out there and battle with any team that were going to be facing–so facing UBC in the first game–nobody is afraid of that…definitely we’ll try to control the nerves–having friends and family there will be nerve-racking — so we’ll just try to have fun–I think we play our best hockey when were out there having fun, doing all the little things right–having the energy on the bench so I think controlling what we can control in the game is going to be huge and just hoping that the bounces go our way.”

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