Friday, September 15, 2000
Toronto Sting 2000 Preview
Sting hope to rebound in 2000
The Toronto Sting start the new season with a new name. Actually, half of their named has changed.
Although substituting Toronto for Scarborough, the Sting look to change their fortunes if they hope to make the playoffs in the National Women's Hockey League this year. Especially at home.
Surprisingly, the Sting never won at home, collecting all of their points (three wins and three ties) on the road. For the team to change that trend, it must find a way to earn some wins on home ice.
That dismal showing affected their playoff run. They were narrowly edged out by first-year Durham Lightning by two points in the Western Division.
Following training camp, the Sting added Sandy Metzger, Sharon Williamson and Jen Rawson to a veteran lineup. Metzger played last year, scoring one goal in five games, Williamson recorded one goal and one assist in nine games for Mississauga, while Rawson is new to the league.
Returning to the lineup is Heather Richardson, who missed the last 31 games due to injury. Richardson scored three points (two goals) in nine games. She took over coaching responsibilities when the position became vacant early in the season . Merlind Bartley will take over as coach, while Brad Williams and Gordon Bullock are assistant coaches.
On offense, the Sting will look to Deandra Locicero and Sue Ann Van Damme up front to provide some scoring punch and Karen Spence and Christianne Tremills to quarterback an offensive-minded defense.
Penalties are another aspect that the Sting will be looking at to improve. Van Damme with 116 minutes lead the league in that department.