Q & A with Coach Flygh
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The first chance to watch the 2018-19 Yale Women's Hockey Team in action is this Saturday at 2 p.m. when the Elis host McGill in an exhibition game at Ingalls Rink.
Yale's Susan Cavanagh Head Coach Joakim Flygh took part in the 2018-19 ECAC Hockey pre-season media teleconference this fall. Coach Flygh addressed questions from the media regarding expectations for the upcoming season, veteran leadership on the team and the Bulldogs' strength at the blue line.
Question: What are your goals for the 2018-19 season?
Flygh: We have seven freshmen in camp, and we feel that this is our most talented group of recruits since I've been at Yale. We believe in our process and our mindset, and we'll find out a lot about our team in the first half of the season. We want to finish in the Top 4; that's always been our goal. We want an opportunity to be competitive on a national level. We're excited about the group we have, and we're having a good pre-season so far. We need to continue to build on it.
Question: Who on your roster are you looking to for veteran leadership?
Flygh: Our whole senior class is going to lead by example and feed off each other well. I think they are going to do an outstanding job. They already have a sense of how they're going to help each other and how we're going to progress as a team. There are a lot of players in our junior class, too, who bring another level to our team. All our returning players need to be a driving force.
Question: If you had to pinpoint the strength of your team going into this season, what would it be?
Flygh: The strength of our team is our blue line. I like the depth we have on defense. We have five returning defensemen who are very capable, good players. I'm excited to see what we can do in our transition game, and they will continue to be a part of our offense as well. We saw improvement in our goaltending last year, and that will help in making sure we're a tough defensive team this year. They're going to give us an opportunity to be very competitive and keep us in games.
Question: Is there a game circled on your schedule that you're excited for this year?
Flygh: No. We're keeping our "next game" mentality. Our mindset is always focused on the next game in front of us. We're going to play hard every night because we have a lot of tough competition in our league so we can't look past anyone. We will be worried about our next opponent and that's it.
The Elis open the regular season on Oct. 26 at Princeton.