Jan. 10, 2014
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STORRS, Conn. -- In search of its first win of 2014, the UConn women's hockey team (4-13-2, 1-4-1 WHEA) skates back into conference play for the first of 16 straight league games with two at Vermont (8-9-4, 4-3-1 WHEA). The Huskies have played the fewest league games of any team in Hockey East and are in position to pick up key league points and make a run in the conference. Game times are set for 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 and 4 p.m. on Jan. 11.
The Series: Vermont
Vermont and Connecticut have played 25 times in the past, with UConn up 18-5-2 in the all-time series. However, the Catamounts have had more recent success, winners of the last four meetings between the league rivals. Earlier this season, UVM blanked UConn at Freitas Ice Forum by a score of 4-0 on Nov. 1. The last win over Vermont for UConn came on Nov. 20, 2011 and the most recent triumph at Gutterson Fieldhouse was Nov. 14, 2010. Those two wins were part of a 13-game UConn winning streak, during which Vermont didn’t score more than one goal in any contest. The all-time scoring margin in the series favors UConn, 73-22.
Catching up with the ‘Cats
Vermont is a near-.500 squad this year, boasting an 8-9-4 record including a positive 4-3-1 mark in Hockey East action. Like UConn, UVM is coming off a long stretch away from league action, with its last six games coming in non-conference play. Prior to that, the Catamounts won three of four WHEA games, sweeping Maine and splitting with Northeastern back in late November. Most recently, Vermont dropped a pair of one-goal contests at home against Syracuse. UVM is led by the high-scoring duo of Amanda Pelkey and Brittany Zuback, both among the top-five scorers in Hockey East with 26 and 22 points this season, respectively. Pelkey is second in the conference in both goals (15) and points, while Zuback leads the league with 15 assists. Dayna Colang has also chipped in 18 points via eight goals and 10 assists from the blue line, while Victoria Andreakos is second in the league in freshman scoring with a 5-12-17 line. Roxanne Douville sees the majority of time in net for the Catamounts, and has compiled a 2.33 GAA, third in the WHEA, to go along with a .910 save percentage. In conference play her numbers have spiked, with Douville notching a .928 save percentage and a 2.10 GAA.
Last Time Out
UConn nearly pulled one of the biggest upsets in all of college hockey this year when they battled No. 5/4 Harvard on Tuesday night. Kayla Campero scored midway through the first period to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead, which they kept late into the third period. The Crimson finally broke through, however, scoring goals at 14:41 and 15:01 of the final stanza to survive UConn’s upset bid. Elaine Chuli was brilliant in goal for Connecticut, stopping the first 30 shots she faced and 31-of-33 overall. Campero’s goal was assisted by Michela Cava and Emily Snodgrass, who made up UConn’s top line that skated toe-to-toe with its top-five opponent all contest. Snodgrass also made an impact at the faceoff dot, winning 11-of-15 draws.
Following the trip to Burlington, UConn returns home for a mid-week contest against Northeastern on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The blue and white Huskies and the black and red Huskies drop the puck at Freitas Ice Forum at 7 p.m.