Michela Cava leads the Huskies in points with 15, including eight during her current five-game point streak
Jan. 2, 2014
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STORRS, Conn. -- Following a month-long layoff, the UConn women's hockey team (4-10-2, 1-4-1 WHEA) opens 2014 with a two-game set in New Jersey against the Princeton Tigers (7-6-2, 6-4-1 ECAC). The Huskies are looking to snap a four-game losing skid after garnering four wins before the break for the first time since 2010-11. UConn is 6-4-2 since 2001-02 in its first game following the break, including a 5-1 victory on Jan. 2 last year. UConn and Princeton will skate on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. before a 4 p.m. matinee at Hobey Baker Rink on Jan. 3.
The Series: Princeton
Princeton and Connecticut have battled 11 times in the past, with the Tigers up 7-2-2 in the series. The last six installments have been extremely even, with the squads playing to a 2-2-2 record after Princeton won the first five in the series. Last season UConn hosted Princeton on Jan. 2 and 3, again in the first two games following the break. After a 5-1 UConn victory on Jan. 2, Princeton took a 4-1 decision on Jan. 3. In the Husky victory Kayla Campero earned a spot in the UConn history books by becoming the seventh player in program history to tally at least four points in a game, scoring two goals and notching two assists. Brittany Berisoff also lit the lamp twice for Connecticut in the win and Michela Cava scored as well. Cava then scored the lone goal in the setback the next day. Elaine Chuli made 25 saves in the win and Sarah Moses stopped 27 shots in the loss.
Tracking the Tigers
Princeton is 7-6-2 this year, including a 6-4-1 mark in ECAC action. The Tigers are also coming off their winter break, last playing Dec. 6 and 7, a pair of home conference wins against RPI and Union, respectively. Princeton won each contest by a score of 4-1. UConn is the third Hockey East team Princeton has played this year, after defeating New Hampshire and tying then-No. 5 Boston College in back-to-back home games in November. The Tigers’ schedule has been one of the best in the country, with seven games against ranked teams to date including a two-game set at No. 1 Minnesota on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Olivia Mucha, Denna Laing and Sally Butler lead the way with 10 points each for Princeton, and the Tigers have nine skaters with at least six points on the year. Mucha has scored a team-high seven goals while Butler has dished out a squad-best nine assists. Rose Alleva is second on the team with five goals and Gabie Figueroa has added seven assists. Kimberly Newell has made 13 starts in goal and compiled a 5-6-2 record with a 3.55 GAA and an .891 save percentage. Ashley Holt has also manned the pipes in six contests, posting a 1.66 GAA and a .934 save percentage to total a 2-0-0 record. Jeff Kampersal is in his 18th year as the bench boss at Princeton, where he has compiled a 263-221-49 record at his alma mater.
UConn participated in the Nutmeg Classic in Hamden, Conn. on Nov. 29 and 30, falling in the first round to Yale and in the consolation contest to RIT. In the 5-4 setback against the Elis, UConn took leads of 1-0 and 3-2 thanks to goals from Emily Snodgrass, Cava and Campero, then battled back to tie the game at 4-4 with a Susan Cavanagh power play tally. However, Yale picked up a goal in the final minute of regulation to snag the late victory. Against RIT the next day, Sarah MacDonnell and Rachel Farrel scored to push UConn out to a 2-1 lead, and Cava tallied again midway through the third period to put the Huskies up 3-2. The Tigers responded with an extra attacker goal 18:08 into the third period to force overtime, where they found a winner 2:06 into the extra fame. UConn outshot both of its opponent in the tournament, holding a 28-24 advantage over Yale and 45-35 edge against RIT.
Following the two-game set with Princeton, UConn returns home to Freitas Ice Forum to host the No. 4/5 Harvard Crimson on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.