NEW LONDON, Conn.--On the heels of their sweep against a seventh ranked Amherst College squad, the Connecticut College women's hockey team is receiving regional and national acclaim.
The Camels cracked the top 10 in both major national rankings today. They were ranked eighth in today's D3Hockey.com Top 15 and have entered the United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) Top 10 National Ranking in the ninth slot.
Senior net-minder Katherine Chester of Mendham, N.J. was honored as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week for the third time in her prolific playing career.
Chester turned aside 30 shots en route to her ninth career shutout in a season opening 1-0 win against the Purple and White Friday night. She made 25 saves over the final two periods and helped the Camels kill off a 5-on-3 situation for 54 seconds in the third period. Chester stopped 33 of 34 Amherst shots Saturday in a 3-1 win. She denied Amherst on another 5-on-3 situation for 1:50 in the second period.
The Camels were 13-for-14 (93% efficiency) on their penalty kill for the weekend. Chester is ranked second in the nation with a .984 save percentage and a .50 goals against average.
"Katherine had a great weekend which we've come to count on," Connecticut College Head Women's Hockey Coach Kristin Steele said. "On Friday she allowed us to gain our confidence with seven first years in the line-up. On Saturday after we built a lead she made a huge save in the second period to preserve the lead and allow us to gain momentum for the third period. Any time a team successfully kills off two 5v3's you have to look at the goalie as the difference."
Chester was recognized on the All-NESCAC Women's Hockey First Team in 2016. Chester posted a league best .952 save percentage to rank third nationally while also ranking first in the conference and ninth in the country with a 1.38 goals against average.
She notched her sixth shutout in the Camels' 3-0 victory against Hamilton in the NESCAC Quarterfinal February 27, 2016 to tie 2015 First Team All-NESCAC honoree and WNHL Professional goaltender Kelsie Fralick (West Chester, Pa.) with a school record.
The Camels will host Salve Regina University Tuesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. in Dayton Arena.