New Coaching Staff, Same Expectations for Hilltoppers

Updated: January 29, 2019 10:56 PM

"I think a lot of people thought that this year might not be our year because of the new coaching staff, but I think that's completely untrue," said sophomore defenseman Maren Friday.

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  Closing out their fourth season as a varsity program, first year head coach Stephanie Erickson has helped uphold the expectations of the Hilltoppers as Duluth Marshall sits among the top ten teams in the state in Class A. 

  "One thing that's really great is that we've been able to develop some new systems with the girls and really utilize all their strengths and their talents that they have, because it's a really talented bunch," said Erickson.

  Being a newer program, their roster has just about as many seniors who helped start this program as they do 8th and 9th graders.

  "The 11th and 12th graders are great leaders. They've been here before, they know the program, they know each other really well. Tt's really cool to see them take the underclassmen under their wing," added Erickson.

  However, the Hilltoppers embrace their developing yet balanced lineup.

  "Some of our 8th graders are so young and they have so much room for improvement. When they contribute so much on the ice, it's really great for everybody - the whole team," said senior defenseman Lily Aamodt.

  With two games remaining in the regular season it's crunch time for the Toppers who want to be playing their best hockey when it counts.

  "Have our passes click, and be greasy and grimy in front of the net, wanting to bury that puck," said senior defenseman Lily Aamodt.

  "I'd love to see them string three full periods together. It's hard to play every single period full on, but they do so well a lot of the game and I want to see them do well the whole game," added Erickson.

  Although they've come close, one goal they still have for their program is to be a state contending team.

  "We're beginning to not be young anymore. That's why we want to start showing that we're not young anymore and that we can perform at the level of these other programs, even if we have a school of 200 or 300.

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