After a solid season from a team thought to be in a bit of a rebuild mode, the Stevenson Mustangs women’s hockey squad had a stellar second-half and reached the Final Four of the UCHC Tournament under first year head coach Tori Emoff. With five seniors departing, the Mustangs will need to fill up the cupboard with incoming freshman.
To make up for the departures, the Mustang will have seven skates and two goalies incoming to off-set the loss of the five seniors.
FRANKI CAPPELLO: Coming out of Gilmour Academy, Cappello is a smart player who has great anticipation away from the puck. Cappello isn’t one to force a play that isn’t there. Strong in the face-off dot, as well, Cappello is a great addition up the middle for the Mustangs.
EMILY BRIGHTBILL: In her senior season at Annville-Cleona High, Brightbill was able to register 16 points in as many games during the season. Brightbill’s junior career had her spend time with the Hershey Jr. Bears and Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 19U women’s program, with Brightbill helping the latter team win a Mid-Atlantic AAA championship.
KATIE REID: Another player out of the Jr. Flyers program, Reid is an energy player according to Jr. Flyers’ coach Terry Carkner. Reid helped the Jr. Flyers 16U-AA team to a bronze at Nationals during the 2018-19 season. Grit and energy should help the Mustangs get that added boost throughout the season.
CASSIE CAMPBELL: A former captain of the Princeton Tigerlilies, Campbell has a nose for the net, always getting in the right spots in the high percentage areas and burying almost every opportunity. Campbell’s high IQ of positioning should be a great asset to Stevenson.
GRACIE PAYNE: The first rearguard on this list, Payne comes into Stevenson from her hometown of Palmer, Alaska after a solid season with the Valley Thunder and Palmer High School Moose. Payne provided three assists with each squad last season and the hopes is that with time, those numbers will climb as she jumps into college.
AINSLEY KING: The first goalie on our list, King is a quick reflexed goalie, who has great ability to pick up the puck through traffic and steer rebounds into safe areas. Aggressive at cutting down the angles from the top of her crease, King doesn’t seem to put herself too far out of position when second-chance opportunities arise.
SIDNEY HEARN: Another netminder, Hearn comes out of the Shakopee High School system; where Hearn had 13 wins in 22 starts with three shutouts, a 1.99 GAA, and a .921 save percentage as a two season player. Positionally sound, Hearn plays well at the top of her crease.
HANNAH LABBE: After a successful stint with the Anaheim Lady Ducks where she lead the team in goals in 2017-18, Labbe moves to the Boston Shamrocks and then the famed Little Caesars program last season. With a proven scoring touch and drive to get better, Labbe will be a big addition to this young team.
AISHLING CAVANAUGH: Cavanaugh comes to Stevenson from Salve Regina University and the Vermont Academy. A versatile player, Cavanaugh can play any skater position on the ice, while adding size to the team with her 5’8 frame and active stick around the rink.