Dec. 2, 2011
Complete Game Notes (PDF)
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey team wraps up the fall semester portion of its schedule with a Hockey East series at Vermont this Saturday and Sunday. The puck will drop at 2:00 pm for each game from Gutterson Fieldhouse.
About the Huskies... Connecticut came away with a win and a loss as the host of the Nutmeg Classic to bring its record to 3-12-2. Senior defenseman Sami Evelyn and freshman forward Emily Snodgrass each lead the team with nine points. Evelyn has scored three times and tallied a team-high six assists, while Snodgrass has netted a team-leading five goals to go with four helpers. Sophomore Jocelyn Slattery has come on strong of late, recording a point in each of the last four games, with eight total points on four goals and four assists. In net, senior Alexandra Garcia and sophomore Nicole Paniccia have alternated starts. Currently, Paniccia ranks second in the league and 10th in the nation with a .934 save percentage to go with a 3-6-0 record and two shutouts. All 19 players that have skated for the Huskies have recorded at least one point this season.
Last Time Out... The UConn offense has awoken to score 10 goals in its last four games, including two wins. The Huskies opened the Nutmeg Classic with a 4-2 loss to Quinnipiac. Evelyn and Slattery each scored for Connecticut, while Garcia turned away 31 shots. In the consolation game, UConn scored in each period en route to a 3-1 victory over Yale. Slattery scored in the first, freshman defenseman Caitlin Hewes in the second and Snodgrass added her third power play goal of the season in the third period. Aleca Hughes lit the lamp late for the Bulldogs to spoil Paniccia’s chance at a third shutout.
Scouting the Catamounts...
Since facing off with Vermont
on November 20, the Catamounts have posted a 1-2-0 record to fall 3-10-4 overall. UVM snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over Colgate on Sunday. Freshmen forward Amanda Pelkey
and Meghan Huertas
lead the team in scoring with 10 points each. Pelkey has lit the lamp three times, while Huertas has dished out nine assists. Classmate Krystal Baumann
has chipped in with four goals, two on the power play, and four assists for eight total points. Sophomore Roxanne Douville
has logged the majority of the minutes in goal and holds a .899 save percentage and 3.40 goals against average.
Last Time vs. Vermont... Jenna Welch scored her first goal of the season late in the second period, Kayla Campero posted the first of her career and Maggie Walsh, a UVM transfer, netted her first in a Husky uniform as Connecticut snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory. Paniccia registered 28 saves to earn her second shutout of the season.
All-Time vs. UVM... The Huskies have dominated the all-time series with the Catamounts as they have won 18 of 19 match-ups. UConn has won 13 straight and last lost on the road, 3-2, on January 4, 2007. In their last five contests, the Huskies have earned five shutouts and outscored the Catamounts 10-0.
Up Next... UConn will be idle until after the first of the new year when they play the first three games of 2012 at home, all against teams out of the ECAC. The Huskies will get back on the ice for a 7:00 pm skate against Harvard on January 3, followed by contests against Brown and Union.
UConn in the Nutmeg Classic... Last season’s Nutmeg Classic was hosted by Quinnipiac at the TD Bank Sportscenter in Hamden. Connecticut lost its semi-final match-up with Yale, 5-2, before defeating Sacred Heart, 11-0, in the consolation. The Huskies were the 2009 Nutmeg Classic champs when it was hosted by Yale at Ingalls Rink in New Haven. UConn took down the Bobcats, 1-0, and the host Bulldogs, 6-1 en route to the team’s second straight championship. In 2008, the last time the Huskies hosted, they beat No. 10 Wayne State and Yale to claim the first-ever Nutmeg Classic championship. Overall UConn is 11-5 in the classic.
Rookie of the Week... 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.
Where They Rank... Paniccia has a pair of top 20 national statistic rankings heading into this weekend. She currently ranks 10th in save percentage at .934 and 17th in GAA at 2.08. Snodgrass is tied for 21st nationally in power play goals per game at 0.18 and is 39th in points per game for a rookie at 0.53, while Sami Evelynlands in 36th at PPG for a defenseman at 0.53.