|Lady Ice Lions captains (left to right) Ashton Schaffer, Kim Badorrek, Jackie Saideh and Geneva Wagoner|
Senior defensemen Ashton Schaffer and Kim Badorrek have been elected by their teammates as the Lady Ice Lions' captains for 2014-15, head coach Patrick Fung announced Friday. Additionally, junior forward Jackie Saideh and sophomore forward Geneva Wagoner will serve as alternate captains.
The quartet takes over for departed two-year captain Carly Szyszko, as well as alternate captain and fellow 2014 graduate Allie Rothman.
Schaffer, the only returning letter wearer from 2013-14 when she was an alternate captain, is well established in the team's leadership group. The Texan is also the club treasurer and is now in her fourth season as a rock solid defender noted for an ability to control the pace of games, and she was an integral part of a unit that allowed just 1.20 goals per game last season (and similarly, 1.25 per outing so far this season).
Although she only joined the team last year, Badorrek quickly became a leader in the locker room and also ate large minutes on PSU's elite blue line that gave up 22 percent fewer goals, on average, than the next best squad in the division one season ago. The Altoona, PA native and former Tier 1 player with Team Pittsburgh has scored a pair of goals in her career, one in the first collegiate game in Pegula Ice Arena history against Liberty and the other in a College Hockey East playoff win over Delaware.
Saideh, from Concord, MA, is the Women's Ice Hockey Club's vice president and also an essential top six forward who excels in puck retrieval and defensive duties. She's also proven capable of prolific goal scoring, potting a hat trick against Liberty on September 28, 2013 as well as go-ahead goals against both Michigan State and West Chester in 2013-14. Saideh also scored in each half of the Lady Ice Lions' sweep of Delaware last weekend, including Saturday night's game-winning goal.
Wagoner, the only underclassman of the group, emerged last year with team-high numbers in assists and game winning goals, while her assist, point and game-winning goal totals were also best among rookies in ACHA Division 2. The Lady Ice Lions' present top-line center excels in all aspects of the game, helping her earn first team ACHA All-American as well as the team's rookie of the year award last year, in addition to serving as an alternate to the 2013 U.S. National University Select team that competed at the World University Games.
Schaffer, Badorrek, Saideh and Wagoner will initiate their new letter-bearing jerseys with a key ECWHL series at second-ranked Massachusetts this weekend. Puck drops are set for 8:00 p.m. Friday night and 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
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