UPEI women's hockey team hoping to boost goal production

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Panthers add two forwards as it searches for increased offensive

The UPEI Panthers have added a pair of new recruits for the women's hockey program.

Ontario forwards Kaylee Dufresne and Sydnee Baker will join the Panthers for the 2016-17 season.

Baker, who is from Chatham, played this season with the London Junior Devilettes of Ontario Provincial Women's Hockey League where she recorded 10 goals and 20 assists in 30 games.

"Sydnee is a strong power forward, who sees the ice very well," Panthers head coach Bruce Donaldson said. "She plays a physical team game and will help improve our offensive success."  

Baker said she immediately fell in love with the university.

"I've looked forward to being a student-athlete at UPEI from the moment I stepped foot onto the beautiful campus, toured the facilities and met coach Donaldson along with some future teammates," said Baker, who will enter the faculty of arts. "I knew it was the place for me, I can't wait to join the team in September."

Dufresne, an Orleans native, attends Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.

She recorded 31 goals and 19 assists in 41 games during the past two seasons.

Dufresne, who will entering the faculty of science, said there were multiple reasons she chose UPEI.

"I loved the campus and how beautiful Charlottetown is. The size of the school is exactly what I was looking for," she said. Meeting coach Donaldson was another big seller for me. He gave me a feel for (what) the people in P.E.I. are like, which was very friendly and welcoming."

In 2014-15, Dufresne was selected to the Lakes region all-star team and this season led the team offensively while earning a Cushing tournament all-star selection.

"Kaylee is a quick, skilled player who reads and reacts very well with offensive success," Donaldson said. "She has a great personality with a strong work ethic along with demonstrated leadership qualities. She will be a great addition to our program with a recruiting class designed to make our team faster, stronger and better offensively."

The Panthers missed the Atlantic University Sport playoffs with a 6-15-3 record, scoring a conference-low 33 goals in 24 games.

The Panthers will lose defenceman Laura Bradley and forwards Sam Sweet and Maggie Grimmer to graduation this season.

The team has already announced the additions of New Brunswick forward Faith Steeves and Nova Scotia defenceman Breah MacEachern.

Organizations: Panthers, London Junior Devilettes, Hockey League Brewster Academy Atlantic University Sport

Geographic location: Ontario, Orleans, Wolfeboro, N.H. Charlottetown P.E.I. New Brunswick Nova Scotia

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