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BOSTON - The UConn women's hockey team (4-10-6) closes its non-conference schedule with its second trip to Boston in four days and a match-up with No. 6 Harvard (8-2-2) on Tuesday night. The Huskies are currently 4-5-3 in non-conference play this season, including a 4-4-1 mark against members of the ECAC.
UConn is coming off a 3-3 tie at Northeastern on Saturday that opened the second half of the season. In the Huskies' first game in 34 days, three skaters lit the lamp to back a 42-save performance from Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) in the draw. Sarah MachDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) leads UConn in scoring with 13 points and also has a team-high nine assists, while Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) is tops on the squad with nine goals. Chuli holds a 3-5-4 record in goal with a 2.75 GAA and a .923 save percentage, third in Hockey East and 15th nationally.
The Series: Harvard
The Huskies and Crimson have squared off 11 times in the past, with Harvard holding a 9-2-0 edge in the all-time series. UConn’s last win against the Crimson came on Dec. 14, 2008, a 3-2 victory in Storrs with Harvard ranked No. 9 in the nation at the time. UConn also defeated the Crimson in the 2006-07 season with Harvard ranked No. 5 at game-time. In the last meeting on Jan. 7, 2014, Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.) scored in the first period to give the Huskies a lead they held until late in the third period, when the No. 4 Crimson scored twice in a 20-second span to come back and take a 2-1 victory. Chuli made 31 saves for Connecticut in the setback. Campero has two goals and an assist in three career games against Harvard, and Caitlin Hewes (Stillwater, Minn.) also has a goal against the Crimson in her career. Snodgrass has picked up two assists in three career outings vs. Harvard.
Catching Up With The Crimson
Harvard hosts UConn ranked No. 6 in both major polls thanks to an 8-2-2 record and a 7-1-1 mark in ECAC conference play. Harvard is currently riding a six-game winning streak, most recently picking up a pair of ECAC road wins at Ivy League rivals Brown and Yale on Jan. 2 and 3. Miye D’Oench leads the Crimson attack with nine goals and 14 points, top on the squad in both categories. Samantha Reber has 11 points thanks to a team-high 10 assists, while Hillary Crowe is the third Crimson skater with double-figure points via a 4-6-10 scoring line. Sydney Daniels also provides a scoring punch with eight goals on the year, second on the squad. In goal, Emerance Maschmeyer has started eight contests and holds a 2.11 GAA and a .915 save percentage. Harvard is extremely efficient on the power play, currently clicking at a 25.0 percent clip, third nationally. The Crimson also bost the fifth-most potent scoring offense in the country with 3.33 goals per game and are tops nationally with a 62.9 percent combined special teams mark.
Last Time Out
UConn opened 2015 by picking up a league point on the road, skating to a 3-3 tie at Northeastern on Jan. 3. Margaret Zimmer got the scoring started for the Huskies with a goal 40 seconds into the contest, before NU scored a pair to take a 2-1 lead. Later in the opening frame, Snodgrass scored on the power play to tie it up before Rebecca Fleming gave the Huskies a 3-2 lead during the second period. NU picked up another to tie the contest again early in the third period, and neither side would score again in the draw. Chuli turned in a 42-save performance to keep Northeastern at bay, stopping 21 shots in the third period and overtime combined. For her efforts, the junior goaltender was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for the third time in the 2014-15 season.
Following the Harvard contest, UConn returns home for the first time since Nov. 29 when it welcomes Vermont to Freitas Ice Forum for a two-game league set. The Huskies and Catamounts will skate on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. before a 3 p.m. puck drop on Sunday, Jan. 11.
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