ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - After falling in last year's NEHC Championship to Norwich, the Elmira College Women's Hockey team is back in the title game with hopes to capture a conference crown and also punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

The Soaring Eagles will face a different opponent than last year as they get set to host the University of Southern Maine on Saturday at 3 PM.

EC and Southern Maine split during the regular season with Elmira winning the first matchup at home, 4-0, but then EC fell on the road 1-0. Southern Maine goalie, Haley McKim made 38 saves in that shutout.

The Huskies upset top-seeded Norwich in last week's Semifinals, but Elmira says they feel they are playing some of their best hockey of the season. McKenzie Schmidt has been a standout on the ice, scoring 5 goals over the two playoff games.

EC also believes they've grown a lot throughout the season to be ready for Saturday's matchup.

"I think just everybody's growing up and down the lineup," said Head Coach, Greg Haney. "A couple of people are getting some opportunities they might not have gotten in the past and I think this time of the year when we've got four lines that can all contribute and they are right now so that's a good feeling right now with some depth."

Haney and sophomore forward, Alayna Toole talked about facing the Huskies for a third time and what it will take to win the rubber match.

"They compete the whole game," said Haney. "I think you saw that in the Norwich game when they upset them and we saw it earlier in the year so we know what we're up against. We did well here and struggled a little bit up there but it's good to be back at home here in your own bed and the girls are up for the task this Saturday."

"It's going to take some resilience, some discipline, they've got a great netminder so getting past her, making the extra pass is really going to be the key there" Toole added.

Elmira is hoping that, come Saturday, they can bounce back from last year and be back on top of the NEHC.

"We're excited to get another opportunity to play a team that we've lost to in the past and I think we have a lot of unfinished business here at the Domes too," said Schmidt. "With the championship last year, I think we have a lot of things to prove and I think just preparation is playing our game and focusing on the little things."