Janiga invited to 2014 USA Hockey National Festival

Janiga invited to 2014 USA Hockey National Festival

Courtesy of Mercyhurst Athletic Communications

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Junior forward Emily Janiga of the Mercyhurst University women's hockey team is one of 69 players that has been invited to participate in the 2014 USA Hockey Women's National Festival which is scheduled to take place from August 12 through August 16 in Lake Placid, New York.

The Festival will be used to select the 22-player rosters for a pair of series against Canada held simultaneously from August 21 through August 24 in Calgary, Alberta, at Canada Olympic Park. The United States entries will feature an under-18 team and 22-and-under team.

A native of East Aurora, New York, Janiga has been quite productive in her first two seasons at Mercyhurst. She has recorded 41 points in each of her first two seasons and, after being named to the College Hockey America All-Rookie Team as a freshman, was named to the All-CHA First Team as a sophomore a year ago.

Janiga scored 19 goals and dished out 22 assists as a freshman, with eight of her 19 tallies coming on the power play. She also notched five game-winning goals in 2012-13 and finished fifth in the country in points per game by a freshman (1.11). Last season, Janiga scored 15 goals and added 26 assists, including a career-high six points (three goals, three assists) in a win over Lindenwood last December.

Prior to joining the Laker roster, Janiga led the Provincial Women's Hockey League in scoring, during the 2011-12 season, as a member of the Burlington Barracuda. That year, she scored 27 goals and added 21 assists for 48 points.

Janiga is majoring in sportsmedicine with an emphasis on occupational therapy.

The Festival is being held at the Lake Placid Olympic Center and all practices and scrimmages are free and open to the public. The rosters for the U.S. Women's Select Teams (U18 and 22U) will be revealed on August 17.

Note: Former Laker standout, Kelley Steadman, has also been invited to participate in the Festival. Steadman was a member of the Mercyhurst roster from 2008 to 2012. During her career, the Plattsburgh, New York native scored 78 goals and added 54 assists for 132 points in 140 games with the Lakers.