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STORRS, Conn. -- Fresh off a two-game sweep of Vermont last weekend, the UConn women's hockey team (6-11-6, 2-5-3 WHEA) continutes a four-game conference homestand with a pair of league match-ups against New Hampshire (4-15-1, 2-9-0) on Saturday and Sunday at the Freitas Ice Forum. The Huskies took two of three from the Wildcats in WHEA play last season. Both contests will begin at 3 p.m.
The Huskies are led offensively by captain Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) with a 5-12-17 scoring line this season. After a four-point weekend in the Vermont series, MacDonnell climbed to eighth in program history with 65 career points (25g-40a). Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) is UConn's top goal-scorer, already with a career-high 12 tallies this season. Snodgrass recently joined Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.) on UConn's all-time goal scoring list, currently placing ninth with 28 career goals. Campero, who holds a 4-5-9 line this season, is tied for sixth in UConn history with 30 goals.
Defensively, UConn has received back-to-back WHEA Defensive Player of the Week performances from Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) in its 2-1-1 start to 2015. Chuli tied a program-record with 55 saves against Vermont on Jan. 10, her third 50-save performance this season. Overall, Chuli holds a 4-6-4 record with a 2.99 GAA and a .921 save percentage (third in Hockey East). Also on the defensive side of the puck, Leah Lum (Richmond, British Columbia) is third on the Huskies with a 4-9-13 scoring line and Caitilin Hewes (Stillwater, Minn.) leads the WHEA with 57 blocked shots. As a team, the Huskies are first in the conference with over 17 blocks per game.
The Series: New Hampshire
The Huskies have faced the Wildcats 43 times in the past, with New Hampshire holding a 31-8-4 edge in the all-time series. UConn began to turn the tide last season, taking two of three from UNH to win the season series for only the second time in program history (2010-11 the other). The Huskies recorded 3-1 victories over the Wildcats on Jan. 18 and Feb. 9, 2014, while UNH secured a 3-2 victory on Jan. 19. UConn’s Feb. 9 win in Durham was only its third all-time victory at the Whittemore Center in 22 attempts. Rachel Farrel (Cheshire, Conn.) is UConn’s leading scorer for her career against UNH, with a goal and five assists for six points in nine career contests. Snodgrass holds a 1-4-5 scoring line over the same nine contests, and MacDonnell has scored four goals against UNH in that span. Including in her tally was a two-goal outing in the Jan. 19 contest last season. Other active Huskies with goals in their respective careers against New Hampshire are Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, British Columbia), Campero and Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.). Chuli has been terrific in six career outings vs. the Wildcats, holding a .929 save percentage and a 2.38 GAA.
A Look At New Hampshire
UNH visits Storrs with a 4-15-1 record on the year and a 2-9-0 mark in Hockey East play. THe WIldcats played their first two games of 2015 last weekend, dropping both ends of a home-and-home series against Providence. Jonna Curtis leads the New Hampshire offense with an 8-4-12 scoring line, tops on the squad in both goals and points. Kayla Mork holds a 2-7-9 ledger to place second on the team in points and tops in assists, while Amy Boucher is the second-leading goal-scorer with four tallies. Caroline Broderick is tied with Curtis for second on the side with four assists from the blue line. In goal, Vilma Vaattovaara has seen the bulk of action, holding a 3-12-1 record with a 3.22 GAA and an .898 save percentage. Two of her three wins this season have been shutouts, blanking Providence on Dec. 5 and RIT on Oct. 10.
Last Time Out
UConn swept Vermont in a league series last weekend, securing a 5-1 win on Jan. 10 before a 4-3 victory on Jan. 11. It marked the first weekend sweep for the Huskies this season and first league sweep since Feb. 8 and 9, 2014. In the first contest, Chuli tied a program with 55 saves to keep Vermont at bay and four Huskies lit the lamp. Snodgrass led the charge with two goals, while Kelly Harris posted a 1-1-2 line and MacDonnell dished out two assists. In the second contest, UConn erased an early 2-0 Vermont lead for the comeback victory. Hewes, MacDonnell and Snodgrass all had a goal and an assist in the contest, and Lum added two helpers. Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) got the start in goal for the Huskies and recorded 37 saves to pick up her second win of the season.
After the series with the Wildcats, the Huskies play a home-and-home league set against Providence. UConn vists PC on Saturday, Jan. 24 before hosting the Friats on Sunday, Jan. 25.
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