Women's Hockey: The future is bright

UConn performed well in their weekend series with RPI at home (Ryan Murace/The Daily Campus)

A dominant weekend against RPI helped to prove that the future of UConn Women’s Hockey will be led by impressive players. Sophomore Briana Colangelo and Freshman Natalie Snodgrass are leading the team offensively. This past weekend, sophomore Morgan Fisher played her second shutout of the season in goal, proving an impressive replacement once Annie Belanger graduates.

Colangelo and Snodgrass are tied in points, each with four goals and five assists so far this season. Colangelo, a native of Ontario, Canada, has 33 points since beginning her career with the Huskies last year. That includes 13 goals and 20 assists.

“She’s really consistent. Shows up, does her thing, and we’re happy to have her,” head coach Chris MacKenzie said on the center. “Considering the amount she’s played it’s funny that she’s just a sophomore.”

Snodgrass is just beginning her career with UConn, but is following in the footsteps of her sister Emily.

“My sister graduated a couple of years ago and watching her all through high school, I didn’t know where I was going to college,” Snodgrass said. “Then I came to UConn to watch her, and to be a part of this team with [MacKenzie] and the coaching staff it’s honestly been so much fun this year and I’m really excited to get things going.”

The left-wing from Minnesota has played for Team USA U-18. She is fourth in the conference for freshman goal-scoring, tied for first in the conference in game-winning goals, and seventh in the conference in shots on goal with 47 so far this season.

Another bright spot for this team is Fisher. MacKenzie has been very vocal about his beliefs that senior goaltender Belanger is one of the best in the country, so Fisher is filling big shoes. So far this season, she has impressed. In her three games, she has a 1-1-1 record, including Saturday’s 0-0 tie against RPI. Fisher made 30 saves in the shutout, improving her save percentage to .962.

“It was seamless. Felt like a great game,” Fisher said on the tie. “The first twenty minutes were a little rough but once we started going it turned out to be really good.”

The Vernon, Connecticut native has had seven career games played, and owns a 4-3-1 record.

“She had a shutout, and she probably had five or six big time saves. If we can get that every time she plays, I’ll be a very happy coach,” MacKenzie said on the performance.

“[The Freshmen] are getting more and more confident. You can see there’s a comfort level, they’re learning how much time they have with the puck, what they can and can’t get away with, and they’re cashing in on opportunities.”

The Huskies are heading in to a tough conference weekend, facing off first against Boston University, then traveling to Orono to see the University of Maine.


Rachel Schaefer is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at rachel.schaefer@uconn.edu.