December 11th, 2009 | Uncategorized

Two Bulldog hockey players to challenge Team USA

The women’s hockey team celebrates its 3-1 victory over the Cornell Big Red at Ingalls Rinks on Saturday.
The women’s hockey team celebrates its 3-1 victory over the Cornell Big Red at Ingalls Rinks on Saturday. Photo by Joseph Breen.

Yale women’s hockey goaltender Jackee Snikeris ’11 and forward Bray Ketchum ’11 will soon join the big leagues — at least for a day.

The two juniors have been named to the ECAC Hockey All-Star Team, and on Jan. 3 the pair will join 19 other top-notch players from the league to play the U.S. Women’s National Team in an exhibition game at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden.

The All-Star squad consists of student athletes from 10 different women’s hockey programs in the ECAC. Princeton’s Jeff Kampersal will coach the team, assisted by Yale’s head coach Hilary Witt and Rensselaer’s John Burke.

Snikeris and Ketchum represent two of just four juniors on the 2009 roster. 11 seniors and six sophomores were also named to the team.

Coming off an 81-save weekend against Cornell and Colgate, Snikeris has already totaled 271 saves this season and posted a .909 save percentage. She achieved her 10th career shutout on Saturday, which put her in second place on Yale’s list of goaltenders with the most shut-outs. Her performance Saturday also helped carry her team to a 3–0 win against the Red Raiders.

Ketchum currently leads the Bulldogs in points — tallying nine so far this season with six goals and three assists. Four of those goals have come on the power play, which places the Yale forward second in the league for power play goals and tenth in the nation.

The Bulldogs resume season play Jan. 1, when they take on Northeastern in a non-league contest at 3 p.m. at Ingalls Rink.

The exhibition game that follows two days later is part of Team USA’s 10-game 2009-’10 Qwest Tour, a program that helps Team USA prepare for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.