Jan. 7, 2014
STORRS, Conn. -- Back at Freitas Ice Forum for the first time in 2014, the UConn women's hockey team (4-12-2) will look to snap a six-game losing skid when it welcomes No. 5/4 Harvard (10-1-2) to Storrs for UConn's final non-conference match-up. The Crimson are the 4th ranked team UConn has faced this season, and Connecticut is 0-5-0 against ranked foes. Puck drop tonight is set for 7 p.m.
The Series: Harvard
The Huskies and Crimson have skated 10 times in the past, with Harvard holding an 8-2 edge in the all-time series. The first meeting took place on Dec. 12, 2001, during the second year of the UConn program and first as a non-independent. Most recently, then-No. 2 Harvard took down Connecticut by a score of 5-1 on Jan. 15, 2013. Caitlin Hewes (Stillwater, Minn.) scored UConn’s lone goal in the setback, with Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.) notching the assist. Sarah Moses (New Hamburg, Ontario) had 39 saves in the loss. The Huskies’ last win over Harvard came against a No. 9 Crimson on Dec. 14, 2008. Harvard has been ranked when meeting UConn in each of the prior 10 match-ups.
Calling All Crimson
Harvard visits Storrs currently ranked in the top-five of both major polls thanks to a 10-1-2 record, which includes a near-perfect 7-1-1 mark in ECAC conference play. Miye D’Oench and Samatha Reber each have 12 points to lead a balanced Crimson offense that boats five players with at least 10 points. D’Oench leads the squad with seven goals, while Reber is first with nine assists. Hilary Crowe (5-6-11), Dylanne Crugnale (5-5-10) and Sarah Edney (3-7-10) are also in double-digit points for Harvard. Emerance Maschmeyer is among the top goalies in the country, manning the pipes for Harvard to the tune of a 1.17 GAA and .961 save percentage. Those marks are good for fifth and second nationally, respectively. Her backup, freshman Brianna Laing, has not allowed a goal in two appearances, stopping all 50 shots to come her way. The Crimson’s success this year has come despite head coach Katey Stone currently guiding the US Olympic Team headed for Sochi, which also features three would-be-Harvard skaters on the roster.
Last Time Out
UConn visited Princeton after its December layoff to open 2014 with two games at Hobey Baker Rink. The Tigers were able to sweep the Huskies, winning 4-1 on Thursday before a 1-0 overtime victory on Friday. UConn led early in the first contest thanks to a Leah Buress (Windsor, Ontario) power play goal, but Princeton equalized in the second period before tacking on three goals in the third to come away with the win. On Friday, Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) was brilliant throughout regulation, stopping the first 33 shots she faced, before Princeton finally solved her 57 seconds into overtime. For her efforts, Chuli was named Hockey East Defensive Player Of The Week for the second time this season.
Sophomore Michela Cava (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and junior Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) lead UConn in scoring with 15 points apiece, while MacDonnell and Campero are tied for the team-high with six goals. Rachel Farrel (Cheshire, Conn.) and Cava have both scored five times for UConn, and Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) is fourth on the squad with nine points (4-5-9).
After closing the non-conference slate with Harvard on Tuesday, UConn begins its second half conference stretch by playing 16 straight league games to end the regular season. First up is a two-game set at Vermont on Jan. 10 and Jan. 11.