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Belanger, Snodgrass Earn WHEA Weekly Awards

Belanger playing against Boston College in the WHEA semifinals (PC: Steve Slade).
Belanger playing against Boston College in the WHEA semifinals (PC: Steve Slade).
March 5, 2018

STORRS, Conn. - Following the Hockey East championship game on Sunday afternoon, senior goalie Annie Belanger and freshman Natalie Snodgrass added one more award each to their outstanding performances in the 2017-18 season on Monday morning.

Belanger earned her third WHEA Defensive Player of the Week award this season, while Snodgrass was selected for her fourth Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week honor.

Both players earned season awards at the banquet for Hockey East Championship weekend on Friday night, with Belanger taking home Goaltender of the Year and Snodgrass placed on the Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team.   

Belanger finishes her UConn career as the program's all-time leader in save percentage (.928) and second in goals against average (2.25). She completed the 2017-18 season as the Hockey East leader in both categories, while helping UConn become the top scoring defense in the league (1.95 goals per game).

A native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Belanger recorded four shutouts this season, including a 3-0 win over Providence in the second game of the Hockey East quarterfinals on Feb. 24. She logged over 1,800 minutes in goal this season and over 5,100 in her career.

Snodgrass was a freshman sensation for the Huskies, leading the team in goals (21) and points (38) in her first season at UConn. She scored four goals in postseason play, including two tallies in Saturday's 4-2 upset win over top-seeded Boston College in the WHEA semifinals.

Since the 2011-12 season, only two freshmen players have led UConn in single-season scoring - and they happen to be sisters. Emily Snodgrass had a team-high 21 points in her freshman year, with little sister Natalie following suit in 2017-18. Both are from Eagan, Minn.

UConn's 2-1 loss to Northeastern in Sunday's Hockey East championship game ended an upset-driven postseason run, but was improbable to begin with. On Jan. 26, UConn was in last place in the league, but played for the championship on March 4.

In a postgame ceremony, Snodgrass and junior defender Kayla Mee were selected for the Hockey East All-Tournament Team for their playoff performances.

Eight senior players will graduate from head coach Chris MacKenzie's team, including Belanger, but a crop of young talent looks to carry the program moving forward.