Jackee Snikeris Named ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week

Jackee Snikeris. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jackee Snikeris. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Led Yale to First Win Over St. Lawrence in School History; Tied School Shutout Record

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Junior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.), who tied the Yale career shutout record while helping the Bulldogs to their first win against St. Lawrence in school history Saturday, has been named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week. Snikeris made 33 saves, including 16 in the final period, as the Bulldogs beat the Saints 1-0 to snap a 36-game winless streak vs. St. Lawrence that dated back to 1986. Snikeris also stopped 40 of 43 shots Friday night vs. No. 3 Clarkson.

By stopping 73 of 76 shots over the weekend, Snikeris raised her season save percentage to .922 -- sixth in the country. She now has a career high for saves in a season (463). She made 13 of her saves this weekend with Yale on the penalty kill, helping the Bulldogs to a 5-for-5 performance on the PK.

The shutout was the 12th of Snikeris' career, tying her with Sarah Love '06 for the Yale record. Snikeris is on pace to break Yale's career records for save percentage and goals-against average as well. 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. Three weeks ago, she played for the ECAC Hockey All-Stars in an exhibition game against the U.S. Women's Olympic Team. She made 10 saves in one period of work.

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

Yale plays a home-and-home with Brown this weekend, hosting the Bears at Ingalls Rink Saturday at 2 p.m. and then traveling to Providence for a game Sunday at 2 p.m.

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