Stingers head into nationals full of experience (The Concordian)

After defeating the Université de Montréal Carabins in the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) final on March 4, the Concordia Stingers women’s hockey team is returning to the U Sports national championship. This will be the second-straight trip to nationals for the Stingers. They hope to improve on their fourth-place finish from last season.

Chu said the team learned “everything” after that championship run last season.

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“We hadn’t been to nationals in 12 years, but we believed that we could win. But we still needed to develop a lot of the experience of going through [nationals]. Everyone, coaches included, are in such a better place in knowing what to expect,” said Chu about the 2017 nationals. “It’s never fun to lose, but sometimes you need to go through certain things so you know that you can handle it.”

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After claiming their first RSEQ title in 13 years, the Stingers now face higher expectations at nationals. Concordia will face off against the fifth-ranked St-Francis Xavier X-Women on March 16, having been placed as the fourth seed in the tournament. This year, nationals will be hosted in London, Ont., from March 15 to 18.

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