COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey freshman Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Connecticut) and former players Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minnesota) and Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Michigan) have been invited to the 2015 U.S. Hockey Women's National Festival in Lake Placid, New York.
The Women's National Festival is a week-long training session from August 11-16 at the Lake Placid Olympic Center where players will be divided up amongst four different teams: Team Red, Team White, Team Blue and the U18 Players.
Each day of the festival will consist of practice times for each team, as well as one scrimmage each night until the final day of the festival, where there will be two scrimmages. 15 players from the 2014 U.S. Women's Hockey Olympic team are on the National Festival Roster, including 2015 Patty Kazmaier Award winner Alex Carpenter from Boston College.
This is the second consecutive year that Laden and Darkangelo have been invited to participate at the National Festival.
All three players have an extensive history with the U.S. Women's Hockey program at various levels. Samoskevich has developed into one of the top players at the U18 Level, competing on the team for two seasons and won a gold medal at the 2015 IIHF U18 Women's World Championships. Throughout her career, Samoskevich has been invited to National Development Camps from U14 to U18.
For the past year, Darkangelo and Laden have each participated in with the U.S. Hockey Women's National Team. Darkangelo competed at the Four Nations Cup in Kamloops, British Columbia in November where she won a silver medal with the U.S. Darkangelo scored one goal and tied for the tournament high in assists (3) and points (4). Laden has been invited to numerous festivals through USA Hockey, including last year's National Festival, the Winter Festival in December, and the U.S. Hockey Women's National Team Goaltending Development Camp in May.
During this past season, Samoskevich was named All-USA Girl's Hockey Player of the Year by USA Today, won the gold medal at the U18 IIHF Women's World Championships and was named the Top U.S. Women's Hockey player at the tournament. While competing with the Shattuck St. Mary's Sabres, Samoskevich's high school team, she led the Sabres to the national championship game where they came up just short. During the season, Samoskevich scored 56 goals and tallied 38 assists for 94 points in 50 games.
Laden had one of the best goaltending seasons in Quinnipiac women's ice hockey history during the 2014-15 campaign. Laden was named the Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year by ECAC Hockey as well as the Sarah Devens Award winner, a joint award from ECAC Hockey and Hockey East. Laden was also named All-ECAC Second Team. She recorded the second most shutouts in NCAA Women's Hockey history (16), and set program records single-season wins (25), single-season GAA (1.19), career GAA (1.56) and tied the program record for career shutouts (25).
Darkangelo recorded her 100th point this past season, on her way to finishing her four-year collegiate career with 56 goals and 46 assists for 102 points. Darkangelo scored 10 goals and assisted 10 more for 20 points during her senior year. Since transferring from Syracuse prior to the 2013-14 season, Darkangelo scored 33 goals with 27 assists for 60 points in a Quinnipiac women's ice hockey uniform.