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STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s ice hockey team gets a steady dose of Boston-based opponents this weekend, as a trip to Northeastern on Friday night will precede the program’s Skating Strides game on Sunday against Boston University at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
The Huskies (7-10-7, 1-9-4 WHEA) play Northeastern at the Matthews Arena at 7 p.m., while Sunday’s contest against BU has a scheduled puck drop of 2 p.m. UConn has 10 league games remaining on the regular-season schedule.
When the Terriers visit Freitas, UConn will be celebrating its annual Skating Strides game – a Hockey East initiative founded in 2006 to serve as a fundraising vehicle for breast cancer awareness. Over the years, Skating Strides has collected nearly half-a-million dollars for various breast cancer organizations.
All proceeds collected from Skating Strides youth clinics this past week will be presented to UConn Health in a pregame ceremony, while fans in attendance can make donations throughout the game.
Marketing will be promoting a Chuck-A-Puck contest as another source of donations, where fans can win prizes if they throw their puck closest to the bucket at center ice during the second intermission.
The Bertagna Trophy, the award given to the Hockey East champion each year, will be on display as part of the trophy tour, while commemorative t-shirts and paper skates will be available at the UConn marketing table.
Freshman Natalie Snodgrass leads UConn in goals (13) and points (23), while senior Theresa Knutson is just one goal away from tying Michelle Binning for third on the program’s all-time goal scorers list.
UConn is 17-28-11 all-time against Northeastern and 10-24-5 against Boston University.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Northeastern (12-10-3, 8-7-2 WHEA) is 1-1-1 since returning from winter break and is in fourth place in Hockey East with 18 points in league play. The Huskies rank fourth in scoring offense (2.92 goals per game) and second in power play conversion (22.3%). UConn dropped a 4-2 contest to Northeastern last Tuesday night in Boston, Mass.
Boston University (8-13-5, 4-10-4 WHEA) has struggled since coming back from break, sporting a 1-4-2 record and holding down sixth place in the standings with 11 points. The Terriers have one of the top scoring offenses in the league (3.08 goals per game), but rank eighth in scoring defense (2.92 goals per game). Earlier this season, the Huskies lost to BU, 6-2, and earned a 2-2 tie.
HITTING A HOME STRETCH
Six of UConn’s first seven games since winter break have come on the road, but a home stretch at Freitas is coming. The Huskies play five of their next six games on campus and seven of their final 10. UConn is 4-2-6 at home this season.
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