Jan. 17, 2014
Game Notes (PDF)
The Series: New Hampshire
New Hampshire and Connecticut have played 40 times in the past, with UNH holding a commanding 30-6-4 record in the all-time series. The Wildcats swept the Huskies in three contests, in 2012-13, outscoring them by a total score of 9-1. Sarah MacDonnell scored UConn’s lone goal in the series, with assists to Emily Snodgrass and Rachel Farrel. Prior to last season, UConn had won three of five against UNH, including their most recent victory over the Wildcats, a 6-3 win on Feb. 5, 2012. In that contest, current Huskies Farrel, Snodgrass and Stephanie Raithby all scored in a four-goal third period to seal a comeback victory for Connecticut at Freitas Ice Forum. UConn’s last win at the Whittemore Center came on Nov. 13, 2010, a 1-0 shutout victory.
A Look at the Wildcats
New Hampshire is 8-11-2 in 2013-14, including a 3-4-2 mark in Hockey East play which has it in a tie for fifth place in the conference. UNH returned from break last weekend for a home-and-home series with Providence, with each team winning their respective home legs by a score of 4-1. The Wildcats are led by senior forwards Nicole Gifford (7-9-16) and Jessica Hitchcock (6-7-13), the latter the reigning WHEA Warrior Player Of The Week after potting three goals and adding an assist in the two games against PC. Hannah Armstrong (5-6-11) and Cassandra Vilgrain (4-6-10) have also posted double digit points this season, while Jess Ryan is the leading scorer from the blueline with seven points. Vilma Vaattovaara and Ashley Wilkes have split time in net this season, with Wilkes starting the last eight games in the cage. Vilma Vaattovaara, the sister of UConn’s freshman Viivi, has posted a 2.37 GAA and .919 save percentage, while Wilkes has notched a 2.35 and .908.
Last Time Out
UConn hosted the fellow Huskies of Northeastern on Wednesday night, dropping a 3-1 decision at Freitas Ice Forum. NU jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the third period, and despite getting a late goal from MacDonnell, UConn couldn’t overcome the early deficit. Elaine Chuli continued her sparkling month of January by stopping 30-of-32 shots, but her counterpart was even better. NU’s Chloe Desjardins stonewalled UConn to the tune of 34 saves, negating UConn’s 35-33 advantage in shots on goal. Prior to the midweek tilt, UConn split a two-game set at Vermont, losing 3-0 on Jan. 10 before a 32-save shutout from Chuli led to a 2-0 win on Jan. 11. Farrel and Michela Cava both scored for UConn in the victory.