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Ketchum, U.S. Conclude U-22 Series with Canada

Bray Ketchum. (photo courtesy USA Hockey)
Bray Ketchum. (photo courtesy USA Hockey)

TORONTO – Rising senior forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) and USA Hockey's Women's Under-22 Select Team concluded a three-game series with Canada over the weekend at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto.

Canada won all three games, including a 6-5 shootout win in game two on Thursday. The Canadians won game one 4-1 Wednesday and game three 7-2 Saturday. All three games were close in terms of shots on goal, with Canada holding a one-shot edge in game two, a two-shot edge in game one and a three-shot edge in game three.

Ketchum was one of 22 players, including 12 forwards, chosen to the U-22 Team. The roster included three members of the silver medal-winning 2010 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team. The team trained at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., as part of the Women's National Festival starting Aug. 13.

A second team All-Ivy League selection and a nominee for the Kazmaier Award as the top women's college hockey player this past season, Ketchum played for the ECAC Hockey All-Stars against the U.S. Olympic Team in an exhibition game last January. This past season she led Yale in goals (12), power-play goals (5) and points (23) and tied for the team lead in assists (11). She had seven multiple-point games and three different scoring streaks of four or more straight games. She was called for just four penalties.

Ketchum has 34 career goals, 32 career assists and 66 career points, more than any other player on Yale's roster. She is already in the top 18 on Yale's all-time lists in all of those categories, and is on pace to finish sixth all-time in goals. She tied for the team lead in goals in (13) and was second in points (24) in 2007-08, earning second team All-Ivy League recognition.

Prior to Yale, Ketchum played for Greenwich Academy and the Connecticut Stars. She was a four-time USA Hockey player development camp selection. An American studies major, she is a member of Davenport College at Yale.

Yale has had extensive involvement with USA Hockey over the years. Defenseman Helen Resor '09, who was on the U-22 team from 2003-2005, was the first Yale women's ice hockey player to make the Olympics when she played for Team USA and earned a bronze medal in Torino in 2006. She also has two gold medals (2005, 2009) and one silver (2007) with the U.S. at the IIHF World Championships. Forward Crysti Howser '09 was a member of USA Hockey's Under-22 Select team in 2007 and 2008, playing in the annual three-game series against Team Canada. She scored a goal for the U.S. in 2008. Former Yale head coach Hilary Witt played for the U.S. National Team and served as an assistant coach with the U-22 team this year.

Additionally, forward Maria Dennis '88 was on the 1990 U.S. Women's National Team that earned silver at the first IIHF Women's World Championship, and goaltender Laurie Belliveau '98 was on the U.S. Women's National Team that earned silver at the 1999 IIHF Women's World Championship. Also, former Yale men's hockey assistant coach Ben Smith coached the U.S. women's team at the Olympics three times, winning a gold medal in 1998, and now serves as a National Team advisor. Former Yale equipment manager Ed Maturo was equipment manager with the U.S. Women's Olympic Team in 2006 and the U.S. Men's Olympic Team in 1994.

A number of current Bulldogs have been involved in other USA Hockey programs recently. Rising senior goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) has been selected for USA Hockey's Warren Strelow Goaltending Camp three times. Four other Bulldogs – Ketchum, rising sophomore goalie Erin Callahan (Kenilworth, Ill.), rising junior forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) and rising sophomore defenseman/forward Natalie Wedell (Arden Hills, Minn.) -- participated in USA Hockey's Open Olympic Team Tryouts last year.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity