HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey head coach Rick Seeley has announced the five members of the Class of 2016 that will join the squad for the 2012-13 season. Defenders Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario), Kristen Tamberg (Toronto, Ontario), and Lindsey West (Ajax, Ontario), as well as forwards Nicole Brown (Oshawa, Ontario) and Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario), have all committed to Quinnipiac and will suit up for the Bobcats next fall.
"We are very excited about our incoming class in the fall of 2012," said head coach Rick Seeley. "We understand that we are losing a lot to graduation in terms of ability, contribution and leadership so we know how important this class is. As a group, we believe these five individuals have the potential to be one of the strongest recruiting classes in the nation. All five of our signees played for Team Ontario Red and earned gold medals at the 2011 Canadian National Championship this past November. Connery and Roesler have previously represented their country on the Under-18 national team, and will participate in the U18 World Championships in the Czech Republic this January as members of Team Canada. We are confident that once they all adapt to the speed and physical play of the Division I level, they should all play a big role in taking our program to the next level."
Nicole Brown, a member of the Whitby Jr. Wolves (PWHL), will add size, composure with the puck, and exceptional ice vision the Bobcats' line-up. Coach Seeley describes her as having the ability to make plays other players do not recognize, finding the open teammate wherever they may be on the ice. The Oshawa native is currently having a tremendous season for Whitby in the Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL), ranking first on her team in overall points (19). She is also tied for fifth in points among all PWHL skaters, with nine goals and 10 assists in 16 games.
A forward on Mississauga Jr. Chiefs (PWHL), Nicole Connery will bring a great deal of intensity to the ice, translating into a plethora of scoring opportunities. Seeley believes that her commitment to fitness and her ability to make plays on the puck will enable her to succeed in the ECAC Hockey League. With her team in second place, Connery is currently tied for the team lead in points (17), scoring eight goals and adding nine assists. This past summer, Connery netted the game-winning goal on a late third period breakaway in Team Canada's first of two victories over Team USA during the annual three-game summer series between the two countries' Under-18 National Teams.
Tamberg, who suits up with Connery for the Mississauga Jr. Chiefs (PWHL), is an intelligent, mobile defenseman with the ability to make a great first pass out of the zone and distribute the puck on the blue line. She skates well and understands how to take care of business in her own end of the ice. She has experience with the national program, having been invited to Team Canada's Strength and Conditioning Camp last May.
Roesler, the Captain for the Ottawa Jr. Senators (PWHL), is a threat at both ends of the ice, utilizing her size advantage during battles for the puck along the boards and in front of the net. She has an exceptional snap shot from the point that should translate into many offensive opportunities for the Bobcats, who already do an excellent job pouncing on loose puck rebounds. Seeley expects Roesler to contribute both on the power-play and penalty-killing units. Roesler is currently tied for second in the PWHL among all defensemen with 14 points on six goals and eight assists. This past November, Roesler was named the Top Defenseman at the National Women's Under-18 Championship in Saguenay, Quebec, helping lead her team to the Gold Medal. She will represent Team Canada for the second time in January at the U-18 World Championships in Prerov and Zlin, Czech Republic.
West, a defenseman and Assistant Captain for the Whitby Jr. Wolves (PWHL), currently plays with fellow Bobcats recruit Nicole Brown. She is one of the best skating defensemen in her class. She will be expected to join the rush, contribute offensively from the blue line for the Bobcats, and her powerful slap shot from the point should help her see some power-play time. West is the leading scorer among defensemen for the Wolves, with nine points on five goals and four assists. Her nine points also have her ranked tied for ninth in the PWHL among all defensemen. This past summer, West was selected to participate both Team Canada's Strength and Conditioning Camp and the U-18 National Team Selection Camp
For more information regarding Quinnipiac women's ice hockey, please visit the team homepage at the Official Website for Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
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