Western New England University women’s ice hockey begins Saturday

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Western New England University women’s ice hockey team announced that they will officially open its season on March 6 at Nichols College.

Head Coach Katie Zimmerman said she spent her first year recruiting, building up that roster and had the team training in October.

Normally, October is when the women’s ice hockey season is supposed to begin but Zimmerman said they’re happy to have a season at all this year when everything was so uncertain from the start.

“We don’t take for granted the fact that we are very fortunate to be in a position where we are on campus and we are in person and we can hold practices and do athletic related activities it all feels like its culminating in our first opportunity to play a game,” said Zimmerman.

The game is scheduled at 4:20 p.m. and will be played at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield.

“With the presence of COVID-19, we knew coming into this season that it would not be like what we all envisioned for our first year, but it has been so rewarding and special in its own way. We have already experienced so many “firsts” together and our journey has finally built up to this-our first game,” said Zimmerman.

Before joining Western New England University, Coach Zimmerman was the assistant coach at Amherst College.

“I know they will represent Western New England in a first-class manner, and I can’t wait to see them compete on the ice,” said Director of Athletics Matt LaBranche.

To watch the game or follow the live stats lookup “FANZONE” on wnegoldenbears.com.

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