Women’s Hockey: Snodgrass a bright spot in loss to UNH

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The Women's Hockey team lost to the Providence Friars 1-4 on Friday.  Photo by Eric Wang/The Daily Campus

The Women’s Hockey team lost to the Providence Friars 1-4 on Friday. Photo by Eric Wang/The Daily Campus

Even though UConn came up short against New Hampshire on Friday, there are plenty of positives that can be taken away from this performance.  One of the biggest takeaways of this game was the performance given by junior Natalie Snodgrass.   

Throughout the entire game it felt like every time a major play was happening, Snodgrass was involved in the play one way or another. Snodgrass had a couple of scoring chances throughout the game and overall had a solid game on the offensive end.   

“She generates offense, sometimes even on her own,” said head coach Chris Mackenzie.   

Snodgrass also had a great game on defense as well.  It was clearly easy to see that she was not taking even a single play off.  Playing with effort like that will help the team win.  One could feel the momentum swing towards the Huskies when Snodgrass was on the ice.   

“Sometimes even on her own she can just power up the ice,” said Mackenzie.   

Moving forward, it’s safe to say that Snodgrass is going to make plays happen and put UConn in position to win every night.   


They'll look to bounce back in their next home game against Dartmouth on Dec. 30 at the Freitas Ice Forum.  Photo by Eric Wang/The Daily Campus

They’ll look to bounce back in their next home game against Dartmouth on Dec. 30 at the Freitas Ice Forum. Photo by Eric Wang/The Daily Campus

Another takeaway from this game is that no matter what the score is or how much time is left on the clock, this team is always going to play hard.  The Huskies play fast but not recklessly.  UConn was able to pass the puck effortlessly at times, which led to UConn getting some good scoring opportunities on which they were not able to capitalize.  Some of that could be attributed to the stellar play of the Wildcats goalie Ava Boutilier.    

One area that the Huskies need to improve upon, according to Mackenzie, is executing better on power plays.   

“We had a lot of power plays, and we have got to get at least one,” said Mackenzie.   

The Wildcats were able to score on one of their power plays which helped swing the momentum to their side. Mackenzie said going forward, he would also like to see the Huskies do a better job of making sure they are “focusing on the little details.”   

“It’s just about us focusing on ourselves and getting a little bit better,” said Mackenzie. 


Joshua Gorman is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at joshua.gorman@uconn.edu. He tweets @joshuagorman15.

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