STORRS, Conn. — The UConn women’s ice hockey team will begin its 2016 slate Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. in the battle of the Huskies against Northeastern at Matthews Arena in Boston. Tuesday marks the first of three match-ups to be played against Northeastern this season.
UConn finished off its 2015 schedule 7-8-3 with a 3-5-1 Hockey East showing. Their last time out, the Huskies went 0-1-1 in a two-game series with Boston University. Sophomores Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) both tallied six points in the series against the Terriers to push them to the top of UConn’s leaderboard.
Fredette currently leads the team with 14 points (4g, 10a) followed by Knutson and freshman Jordy Zacharias (Winnipeg, Manitoba) who are both tied with 12 points.
Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) has seen over 642 minutes in net for the Huskies and has recorded 435 saves for a .948 save percentage and a 2.24 goals against average. Sophomore goalie Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) has seen 429 minutes between the pipes and made 173 saves for a .911 save percentage and a 2.38 goals against average.
Northeastern is currently third in the Hockey East standings with a 14-4-1 overall record in a 9-2 conference record. The Huskies are currently riding a three-game win streak after opening their 2016 schedule with a 5-2 victory over Dartmouth and closing out 2015 with back-to-back wins over Vermont.
Senior Kendall Coyne currently leads Northeastern with 40 points (25g, 15a) followed by sophomore Denisa Krizova with 30 points (8g, 22a) and junior Hayley Scamurra with 21 (7g, 14a).
Freshman goaltender Brittany Bugalski has started in 13 games for Northeastern, recording 337 saves for a .923 save percentage and a 2.02 goals against average. Junior goalie Sarah Foss has started in six games, stopping 121 pucks for a .883 save percentage and a 3.40 goals against average.
Northeastern currently leads the all-time series between the two Hockey East Huskies 19-17-11. The two squared off three times last season, one which ended in a loss for UConn and two of which ended in overtime draws.
UConn will play a home-and-home with Merrimack, traveling to Lawler Rink on Saturday, Jan. 9 and hosting the Warriors at the Freitas Ice Forum on Sunday, Jan. 10. Both games will have a 2 p.m. start time.
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