Wednesday, September 16, 2009

09/10 Women's Previews: #16 Saige Pacholok


Vitals:

Position: Defense
Year in School: Freshman
Shoots Right
Height: 5-5
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Major: Undeclared
Previous Team: Edmonton Chimos & Canada’s U18 Team last season

08/09 Stats: 0-8-8 @ Women’s WJC

09/10 Role: 2nd or 3rd pairing

08/09 Recap: Saige had a wealth of international experience from last season w/ Team Canada including a silver medal at the Women’s U18 Championships. She was joined on that team by current teammates Breann Frykas and Stepanie McKeough and faced the Mark Johnson coached Team USA which included Brianna Decker and Alev Kelter. Beyond Team Canada, she played the last three years w/ the Edmonton Chimos and I have to wonder living in Edmonton if she is a huge Tom Gilbert fan. It would only be logical.

09/10 Thoughts: Similar to Stepanie McKeough, I would expect Saige to step right into some significant PT on the blue line for the Badger Women. Both young women showed off some offensive talent during the U18’s last season, and that will be needed from the back end to keep the powerful Badger offense going this season. I’m excited to see Saige play, hoping for another Brittany Haverstock.

Prediction: 28 games, 2-12-14*
*All predictions for regular season only

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