Girls hockey preview: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton
Lumberjacks return bevy of starters, but play in one of the toughest sections in the state; first home game Thursday, Nov. 7, against Proctor
Head coach: Courtney Olin
Assistant coaches: Courtney Josefson, Dave Esse, Kennedy Houge, Paddy Elsmore
Returning starters: Taylor Nelson, sr.; Kiana Bender, sr.; Dea DeLeon, sr.; Tenley Stewart, soph.; Emmie Ellena, sr.; Jenna Zdebski, sr.
New faces to watch: Araya Kiminski and Lauren Maslowski will compete for a starting goaltender spot, according to head coach Courtney Olin.
Team strengths: The Lumberjacks have a strong senior class, returning their top five point leaders from 2018-19.
Biggest challenge: “An incredibly tough Section 7A," Olin said. “At the end of the season, four 7A teams were ranked in the 'Top 10 Let’s Play Hockey' rankings.”
Coach’s assessment: “We are returning 17 of our 20 former varsity players, with a strong senior class who are leaders both on and off the ice. We will be looking to fill a starting goaltender spot and hope to be competitive in a very tough section 7A.”