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STORRS, Conn. – Halfway through its Hockey East schedule, the UConn women’s ice hockey team takes a road trip to New Hampshire for a weekend series on Saturday and Sunday at the Whittemore Center – with puck drop scheduled for 2 p.m. on both days.
The Huskies (6-9-7, 0-8-4 WHEA) continue to look for their first win in league play, as they get reacquainted with the Wildcats (9-9-5, 6-6-3 WHEA), who are currently tied with Northeastern for fourth place in Hockey East.
The two programs met on Dec. 8 at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum, with the Wildcats skating to a 3-0 win over the Huskies. Sophomore goalie Morgan Fisher made 27 saves in the loss, which led UConn into the winter break.
Coming off a 4-2 defeat on Tuesday night at Northeastern, the Huskies look to bounce back this weekend as their four-game road stretch continues. Road games against New Hampshire (Jan. 13, 14) and Northeastern (Jan. 19) remain before returning home against Boston University on Jan. 21.
With an assist on Tuesday, senior forward Leah Lum recorded her 86th career point at UConn – putting her fourth on the all-time list. She is just one assist away from tying Dominique Thibault for fourth in program history (50 assists).
Defense has been the area of strength for UConn, as it ranks fourth in Hockey East by allowing just 2.18 goals per game. The Huskies have also found ways to capitalize on power play opportunities, converting on 21-percent (13/62) – fourth-best in the league.
UConn trails in the all-time series with New Hampshire, 12-38-5, but has won four of the last seven meetings.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE
Since coming back from winter break, the Wildcats have lost three straight – dropping a pair of games to No. 2 Boston College and one to Merrimack. UNH had won three of four heading into the holidays. Among the Hockey East ranks, the Wildcats are sixth in offense (2.52 goals per game) and seventh in defense (2.65 goals per game).
1. Meghara McManus (So., F) – 9-7-16
2. Julia Fedeski (Sr., D) – 6-9-15
3. Nicole Dunbar (So., F) – 7-7-14
SPLITTING TIME IN NET
Senior goalie Annie Belanger (4-7-4) and Fisher (2-2-3) have shared time between the pipes this season for UConn, with Belanger making 15 starts and Fisher in seven. The Husky goaltenders have a combined 2.12 goals against average and a .925 save percentage, including three shutouts. Belanger’s 2.29 goals against average ranks sixth in Hockey East.