WAKEFIELD, Mass. (February 15, 2005) - Sophomore Alicia Ramolla (Barrie, Ontario) has been named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for her as announced by the conference on Monday evening. This is the first such honor for Ramolla. Fellow sophomore Natalie Vibert (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and junior goaltender Kaitlyn Shain (Calgary, Alberta) were both selected for the league's honor roll. The three players were key components to the Huskies sweep of No. 10 Providence this past weekend.
Ramolla doubled her season (and career) assist total this weekend against Providence, setting up four big goals in the series. The blueliner assisted on the first goal and game-winning goal in Saturday's 5-3 upset at PC. Ramolla then set up the second goal of the game on Sunday and notched her fourth helper of the weekend when she assisted defensive partner Vibert for the game-winner that sealed the sweep.
Vibert factored into all three of UConns goals in Sundays 3-2 win. The defenseman set up the first two goals, notching the first assist on both of goals the Huskies scored in the first period. Then with the game tied in the third, Vibert shot the game-winning goal while on the power play, blasting a slap shot from the point into the back of the Friar net to complete the sweep. The three-point performance was her first multi-point game this season.
The defensive duo of Ramolla and Vibert were also key contributors to UConn's 5-for-9 power play and 8-of-10 penalty kill performances in the series, playing significant minutes on special teams.
Shain stymied Providence, stopping 53 of 58 (.914) shots faced. She had 25 saves in Saturdays 5-3 victory, and then stopped 28 shots on Sunday to help maintain the Huskies' 3-2 win. Overall, nineteen of her saves were while the Friars were on the power play, aiding in UConns 8-for-10 penalty kill performance. Shain improves to 7-7-2 with the two wins, with a .913 saves percentage and 2.56 gaa on the season.
Connecticut looks to continue their strong play when play host to No. 8 New Hampshire on February 19-20. The games will be played at Freitas Ice Forum on the Storrs campus with both contests beginning at 2:00 p.m.