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Linstad and Team USA Reach Gold Medal Game

Freshman Emily Snodgrass leads the Huskies will 11 points.

Jan. 6, 2012

Complete Game Notes (PDF)

STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey head coach Heather Linstad will miss her second consecutive UConn game as she stands behind the bench for Team USA U-18 at the IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic this week. Team USA cruised through the group stage with a perfect 3-0 record, while outscoring opponents, 28-1. Linstad’s squad received a bye to the semi-finals on Friday, where the Americans dismantled the Germans, 7-1. The U.S. will face Canada in the gold medal game which will be played on Saturday at 7:00 pm local time (12:00 pm EST).

Stateside, the puck drops on game two of a three-game, non-conference homestand for the University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey team at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 7 as Brown visits the Freitas Ice Forum.

About the Huskies... Freshman Emily Snodgrass took over the team lead in scoring for the 3-13-4 Huskies at 11 points on five goals and six assists. Senior defenseman Sami Evelyn is second on the team with four goals and six assists for 10 points. As of late, freshman Kayla Campero has been the most dynamic scorer for UConn having posted four goals in the last three games to bring her season total to five, along with four asissts, for nine total points. Sophomore Jocelyn Slattery (4g, 5a) has also totaled nine points. Between the pipes, senior Alexandra Garcia owns a 2.87 goals against average and .915 save percentage in 11 starts, while sophomore Nicole Paniccia has posted numbers of 2.68 and .919 in nine starts.



Last Time Out... Connecticut dropped to 0-6 on the season against ranked opponents with an 8-1 thrashing at the hands of the No. 9/10 Harvard Crimson. Campero, assisted by Snodgrass, netted the lone goal of the game for the Huskies. Paniccia tallied 27 saves, but gave up seven goals in two periods of action, while Garcia stopped five shots in relief. Freshman Sarah MacDonnell saw less than a minute of action before receiving a game misconduct for a hit from behind just 50 seconds into the game.

Scouting the Bears... Brown enters the weekend 4-5-5 overall and has posted a 1-4-3 record in ECAC play. Senior Katelyn Landry leads the way with 12 points on seven goals and five assists. Four players are tied for second on the team with seven points, including sophomore Emilie Dolan (4g, 3a). In the crease, junior Katie Jamieson and sophomore Aubree Moore have split time. Jamieson sports a 2.05 GAA and .939 save percentage, while Moore holds a 1.98 and .943. As a unit, they are allowing just 2.01 goals per game.

Last Time vs. Brown... The Huskies won a decisive 8-1 game at Brown on October 23, 2009. After scoring just once in the first period, UConn exploded for six goals in the second. Elisabeth Stathopulos and Michelle Binning each scored twice, while Binning picked up a pair of assists. Rebecca Hewett also chipped in with three helpers, while Jessica Lutz added a goals and two assists. Jennie Bellonio stopped 26 shots in net for Connecticut.

All-Time vs. the Bears... Connecticut has won each of its last two match-ups with Brown, including a 2-1 overtime win at home in 2007. Overall, the Huskies hold a 4-3-1 series lead. The lone tie of the series came in 2004 when UConn tied then No. 9 Brown, 3-3, on the road. The two teams met on the ice for the first time on January 19, 2002, a game that resulted in a 3-1 home win for the Bears.

Up Next... UConn wraps up the non-conference portion of its schedule with the end of a three-game homestand against ECAC teams when it takes on Union at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 10. The Huskies dive back in to Hockey East action the following weekend, January 13 and 14, at UNH.

UConn vs. the ECAC... For the season, Connecticut is 0-3-2 against the ECAC. The stretch of three straight games against competition out of the ECAC is not the first of its kind for the Huskies this season. They opened by playing each of the first four games of the season against ECAC opponents. Connecticut put together an 0-2-2 record, including a 3-3 opening night tie agaisnt RPI and a 3-3 tie at Clarkson. The Huskies losses came 1-0 against RPI and 4-1 at Clarkson.

Rookies of the Week... Freshman forward Kayla Campero is the reigning WHEA Pro Ambition Rookie of the Week after winning the award for the week ending December 4. She totaled three goals in the two ties at Vermont. In game two of the weekend series, she scored twice, both on the power play, for the first multi-goal game of her career. Freshman forward Emily Snodgrass was named the WHEA Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week for the week ending November 20. She snapped a 12-period scoreless streak for the Huskies with a pair of goals at No. 5 Boston last weekend and added an assist to her weekend total in a 3-0 win, snapping a six-game slide, over Vermont.