The Icebreakers are ready to, well … break the ice.
Based on who’s back and how they worked in the off-season, Mark Chamernick figures the St. Cloud Icebreakers are capable of making a run for the Central Lakes Conference title in 2013-14.
Chamernick, the Icebreakers’ head coach, lost four players off a 2012-13 team that went 6-6 in the CLC and 14-11-1 overall.
“And two of those (players who graduated) were goalies,” Chamernick said. “I feel pretty good.
“We have a real good group of girls. We don’t have any drama and everyone’s having fun. They are fun girls to work with and I know the girls are excited for the season to start.”
The Icebreakers open play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Municipal Athletic Complex. They play Holy Family Catholic/Waconia.
The Wildfire were 19-6-1 last season. They beat St. Cloud 4-0 in last season’s opener in Victoria.
Chamernick’s team returns its top three scorers from last season: senior captains Alexie Portz, Mackenzie Feeny and Tatum Peterson.
Portz and Feeny are likely to be paired on the first line with junior Haley Hjort.
Peterson should play on the second line with junior Sam Eisenreich and sophomore Megan Milroy.
Three key blue-liners are back: juniors Remi Deyak and Marren Pfannenstein and ninth-grader Jordan Volker.
Pfannenstein is back from a broken leg.
Volker saw significant ice time as an eighth-grader.
Senior Jess Ninnemann and junior Savanna McCann also should play defense.
Three goalies should see time, and all are new to the varsity: juniors Allie Rosenkrans and Molly Martin and eighth-grader Emily Musielewicz.
Chamernick expects defending CLC champion Sartell/Sauk Rapids, which opens Friday with Rogers, to also be strong. Alexandria also should be good.
He said he thinks the team has a chance to develop into a top-four season in Section 8-2A. Buffalo and Roseau are two other section teams to watch.
“I’m ready to go,” Chamernick said. “I think it can be a good season.