December 10, 2009

Ketchum and Snikeris Named to ECAC Hockey All-Star Team, Will Play vs. USA

Yale Duo Part of Exhibition Game Jan. 3

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A pair of juniors on the Yale women's ice hockey team, forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) and goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.), have been selected to the ECAC Hockey All-Star Team that will play the U.S. Women's National Team in an exhibition game at TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn., on Jan. 3. Yale head coach Hilary Witt will serve as an assistant coach for the ECAC Hockey squad, which is coached by Princeton's Jeff Kampersal.

Ketchum has a team-high six goals and nine points so far this season, including four power-play goals. She has 28 career goals and 52 career points, more than any other player on Yale's roster. She is already in the top 25 on Yale's all-time lists in both of those categories, and is on pace to challenge for a spot in the top five. She tied for the team lead in goals last season (13) and was second in points (24). Of her 28 career goals, 25 have come in ECAC Hockey games.

Ketchum was the Boston Globe's NEPSAC Women's Athlete of the Year for 2006-07, when she starred in field hockey and lacrosse in addition to ice hockey at Greenwich Academy. She also played hockey for the Connecticut Stars. She has been picked for USA Hockey Player Development camps four times, and attended Team USA's Open Olympic Team Tryouts last summer.

Ketchum is a member of Davenport College.

Snikeris is on pace to break Yale's career records for save percentage, goals-against average and shutouts. She posted the lowest goal-against average in school history last season (1.67) while setting the school record for single-season save percentage (.934) and tying the school record for single-season shutouts (five).

Snikeris played for the Connecticut Polar Bears and was All-New England for Taft prior to coming to Yale. She was a five-time USA Hockey Player Development Camp selection, and has been invited to USA Hockey's Warren Strelow Goaltending Camp each of the past two years. She also attended USA Hockey's Under-22 Select Team tryouts in 2008.

Snikeris is a history of science/history of medicine major in Branford College.

The ECAC Hockey All-Star Team includes 21 players, representing every team in the league except the two teams that have games Jan. 3 (Brown and Dartmouth).

The exhibition game is part of the U.S. National Team's Qwest Tour, a series of 10 games designed to help Team USA prepare for the 2010 Olympics. The U.S. is 3-1 so far on the tour, which started with a 6-1 over the WCHA All-Stars Sept. 25 and also included wins over North Dakota (11-1 on Oct. 10) and the Hockey East All-Stars (4-0 on Nov. 22). Canada beat the U.S. 5-2 in an exhibition on Oct. 16. The U.S. plays the Canadians on Dec. 12 and Dec. 30 prior to taking on the ECAC Hockey All-Stars. The Olympic games begin Feb. 12 in Vancouver, B.C.

Four years ago Yale hosted a similar exhibition game at Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs were represented by Deena Caplette '06, Sarah Love '06 and Kristin Savard '07 on the ECAC All-Star Team. Helen Resor '09 was on the U.S. National Team, which won the exhibition 6-2. Love started the game and made eight saves on 10 shots in the one period she played. Caplette and Savard both saw extensive action, with Caplette assisting on the ECAC's second goal.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and a $3 group-rate for 15-plus. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Quinnipiac Box Office or by calling the ticket hotline at (203) 582-3905.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity