STORRS, Conn. – The Huskies will play their second home-and-home series of 2016 this weekend, beginning on the road Saturday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m., where they will take on Providence for the first time this season before hosting the Friars at the Freitas Ice Forum on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. UConn is currently 8-9-4 overall and 4-6-2 in Hockey East performances.
UConn is coming off a 1-0-1 weekend against Merrimack, playing to a 2-2 draw last Sunday in Storrs and pulling out a 4-3 win Saturday on the Warriors’ home ice. Freshmen Nora Maclaine (Easton, Mass.) and Rebecca Lindblad (Winnetka, Ill.) tallied their first career points in game-two with Merrimack Sunday after Lindblad assisted Maclaine’s second period goal to put the Huskies up 2-1 going into the third.
Sophomore Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) recorded three points (2g, 1a) in Saturday’s 4-3 win. Junior Kelly Harris (Canton, Mich.) and sophomore Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) also posted multi-point games Saturday. Harris recorded two assists and Knutson earned herself a goal and an assist.
Seniors Leah Buress (Windsor, Ont.) and Margaret Zimmer (St. Charles, Ill.) and sophomore Leah Lum all tallied multi-point weekends, earning two points over the course of the series. Buress and Lum each scored a goal and added an assist on the weekend while Zimmer earned two helpers. All three took partial credit for UConn’s first goals in both games against Merrimack.
Fredette currently leads the team with 18 points (6g, 12a) followed by Knutson with 15 (8g, 7a) and Lum with 11 (2g, 9a). Both UConn goaltenders, senior Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) and sophomore Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec), have faced over 600 minutes between the pipes for the Huskies. Chuli has stopped 435 pucks, earning a 2.24 goals against average and a .948 save percentage while Belanger has made 262 saves for a 2.64 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.
Providence currently holds an 8-14-0 overall record with a 4-8 stint in Hockey East play. The Friars are 2-3 since the start of 2016, opening with two non-conference losses to Robert Morris, followed by two non-conference wins against RIT and, most recently, a 5-1 loss to Northeastern on Wednesday.
Northeastern solidified a 5-0 lead early on in the third period, but Providence’s leading goal scorer, Brooke Boquist, put the Friars on the board with less than one second on the clock.
Providence is currently lead by Christina Putigna who has 20 points (6g, 14a) followed by Boquist with 18 points (11g, 7a) and Cassidy Carels with 17 (5g, 12a). Freshman goaltender Madison Myers has seen the most action in net with over 950 minutes between the pipes, recording 366 saves for a 3.19 goals against average and a .878 save percentage.
Providence leads the all-time series with UConn 30-13-5. The last time the two came together for a match-up was in January of 2015 for a home-and-home series. Both games were decided 4-1, and each team recorded a win and a loss. The Friars won 4-1 on January 24, 2015 on their home ice and the Huskies walked away with the 4-1 victory on January 25, 2015 on their home ice in Storrs.
The Huskies will play their third-straight home-and-home series beginning Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. on the road at Northeastern, before hosting Northeastern at the Freitas Ice Forum Saturday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m.