Szyszko Retains Captaincy, Rothman and Schaffer Named 2013-14 Alternates

From left to right: Carly Szyszko, Ashton Schaffer, Allie Rothman

Leading up to Friday night's season opener against Liberty at Pegula Ice Arena, head coach Pat Fung has announced the Women's Ice Hockey Club's on-ice leadership group for this season.

Senior forward Carly Szyszko will be Penn State's captain, reprising her 2012-13 role. Allie Rothman, a senior on defense, also retains her alternate captaincy from last season. Junior defender Ashton Schaffer is the newcomer to the group and will join Rothman with an A on her jersey.

The trio is part of a core group of remaining players who have played for both the WIHC and the Lady Icers, Penn State's previous ACHA Division 1 team. They will attempt to steer the squad, which includes nine other returning players and six newcomers, to PSU's first women's hockey national championship beginning with a series against Liberty this weekend. Friday's game - the first intercollegiate hockey game in Pegula Ice Arena history and featuring a ceremonial puck drop by Associate Athletic Director Joe Battista - begins at 10:15 p.m. Saturday's rematch will be played at Galactic Ice Rink in Altoona beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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