Jimmies women’s hockey set to open inaugural season at Midland – Jamestown Sun

JAMESTOWN — For the second one consecutive season, the University of Jamestown is introducing a brand new workforce to campus. After the ladies’s swimming and diving program opened its inaugural season in 2021, the ladies’s hockey workforce is subsequent to sign up for the athletic division.

“It’s nice coming in with a new team, at the same time there is no expectations but at the same time, you want to set a high standard,” Jimmies head trainer Amber Schaack mentioned. “So, us coming in as a fresh team, it’s great for us because we get to set that standard. We get to start the traditions, we get to start UJ women’s hockey off on the right foot.”

Since she used to be employed in May 2021, Schaack has spent the following months recruiting a roster made up of avid gamers from 3 other states and 4 other provinces. Schaack mentioned the ambience across the program has been gentle and they’re all having amusing in combination however that in addition they have the opportunity to get severe when they want to.

While the workforce prepares for his or her season opener at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Midland University (Neb.), Schaack mentioned the workforce has been spending time in combination off the ice.

Freshman defenseman Samantha Muller mentioned a part of the recruiting pitch from Schaack used to be being part of the primary-ever workforce.

“Obviously you gotta fight to prove to yourself no matter where you are on your team,” Muller mentioned. “But coming into somewhere, where I’m put into a leadership position automatically and I feel like I can adapt well to change like that. I was really interested in helping to build a program, helping to build a name.”

The Jimmies began follow on Aug. 29 and feature been exhausting at paintings since then at John L. Wilson Arena.

“There is so much pace, the girls here are so fast and they are so eager to get on the ice,” Muller mentioned. “Our passing was a little rocky at the beginning, we’re just getting used to each other’s playing styles. But as it’s gone by, everyone’s put in a lot of effort, everyone shows up, everyone’s willing to put in the work for the day and we’re all super excited to get on the ice for a game.”

The avid gamers are excited to play however they’re additionally excited for what it’ll imply to this system down the road for them to soar out at the ice at Midland. That opinion used to be echoed by way of Muller who used to be fascinated by what it might imply to be the primary in program historical past to accomplish more than a few other feats.

“I think all of us are pretty darn hyped to get out there on the ice, just something about starting new and being the legacy of the team is going to be super awesome and we want to start big,” sophomore ahead Rylee Gee mentioned. “We don’t want to just be the small new team, we want to be the big name there, so I’m excited to build a legacy for ourselves.”

Gee is considered one of 5 avid gamers at the workforce who don’t seem to be newcomers as she transferred into the college from Lindenwood University (MO.).

The ladies’s workforce is the 3rd hockey workforce at the University of Jamestown, becoming a member of the boys’s ACHA Division I and ACHA Division II groups. The males’s groups had their inaugural season within the 2016-17 season.

Schaack is retaining off on naming a captain till later within the season as she shall we the avid gamers work out who will step up and take the mantle. Freshman goalie Makenzie Gibson is considered one of 3 goalies at the roster and even supposing Schaack hasn’t named a starter but, Gibson is hoping she will get the nod.

“It would mean the world to me,” Gibson mentioned. “My family has supported me the whole way through my career so getting that start, putting my name in the book would fuel my accomplishment in life, in my hockey career. So, (I would be) super excited if I ever get that opportunity, just to start.”

Schaack mentioned she expects a good goalie race this season and her workforce’s intensity to display up at the ice. Schaack could also be no longer ruling out all 3 goalies — Gibson, Bailey Lindsay and Lilah Drew — enjoying right through the season however is letting the netminders make the verdict for her with their play.

“I keep telling my goalies that they are making my job really hard because all three of them are solid,” Schaack mentioned. “Defensively and on our goalie end of things we’re looking really good, defense as well solid lights out. We’re going to be at least four, five deep with our forwards as well. So, every single one of these kids is going to impact our team in one way or another.”

Amber Schaack

Jimmies head trainer Amber Schaack, proper, explains a drill to Annika Braun all through follow on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, at John L. Wilson Arena.

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