STORRS, Conn. (January 22, 2007) – University of Connecticut women’s hockey sophomore goaltender Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont.) has been named both the Hockey East Association’s Player of the Week and its Defensive Player of the Week for her stellar performances this past weekend as the Huskies faced No. 1 Mercyhurst in Erie, Pa. It is Wilson’s first Player of the Week honor and is simultaneously joined by Wilson receiving her fourth Defensive Player of the Week honor this season, and the fifth in her career.
In UConn’s 3-3 tie on Friday at top-ranked Mercyhurst, Wilson made a career-high 46 saves, including 10 in overtime, as the Huskies battled back for the draw. The 46 saves are the fourth-best for a single game in UConn history and many of them helped preserve the draw after UConn battled back from a 3-1 third period deficit in a game where the Huskies were outshot 49-24. It is the only time this year that a Hockey East team took so much as a single point from a game against the Lakers as the league went a collective 0-7-1 over eight meetings with Mercyhurst. Wilson followed that performance up with a 41-save effort on Saturday in a losing effort, giving her a total of 87 saves over two games on the road in Erie this past weekend.
Wilson previously earned the defensive honor this year on Oct. 30, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. The first time came after stopping 62 of the 67 shots she faced as the Huskies swept a pair of games from Wayne State. The second was for making a career-high 37 saves, including 13 in the third period, as the Huskies knocked off the then-No. 9 Eagles of Boston College, 4-2. Wilson’s third honor was for her 25-save role in UConn’s upset win over No. 5 Harvard, a victory that catapulted the Huskies to a school-record No. 8 ranking in the national polls. Last season, she won the award on Jan. 30 after leading UConn to a home-and-home weekend sweep of Northeastern.
On the year, Wilson boasts a 2.51 goals against average, is tied for second in Hockey East with 12 wins and owns a .917 save percentage. Her 12 wins on the year tie Kaitlyn Shain’s school record set in 2004-05. She is also one of just two goaltenders nationally, joining Wisconsin’s Jessie Vetter, who has two assists on the season.
Wilson is the third different Husky to be named Hockey East Player of the Week this season. Junior Jaclyn Hawkins (Manotick, Ont.) received the award on Oct. 23 after a five-point game against Maine that included an NCAA record-tying three power play goals. Senior defenseman Natalie Vibert (Thunder Bay, Ont.) won the award on Nov. 13 after netting critical goals in wins over Boston University and Northeastern and posting a combined +5 rating for the weekend.
The Huskies (12-10-2, 7-4-1 Hockey East) return to action this weekend when they face Northeastern (3-20-1, 2-11-1) in a home-and-home series. The Connecticut breed of Huskies will play host to the Huntington Hounds on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1:00 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum. The game is a part of and the league will have several activities in connection with the game to help raise both awareness of the disease and funds to help find a cure.