STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s ice hockey team will face-off against No. 6 Northeastern twice this weekend in a home-and-home series beginning on the road Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena in Boston. UConn will return home to host Northeastern for the Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer game Saturday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.
The Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer program has been a part of Hockey East for 10 years raising more than $300,000 toward the fight against breast cancer. UConn women’s ice hockey has partnered with the ZBT Fraternity to raise money for the Friends of Mel Foundation, based out of Massachusetts.
The Huskies are encouraging fans to wear pink on Saturday in support of the Skating Strides program. Skating Strides shirts and jerseys will be available for purchase at Saturday’s game. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Mel Foundation.
UConn is coming off a 5-2 victory against Providence on Sunday. Sophomore Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) scored her first career hat trick, including the game-winner, on Sunday and notched UConn’s only goal in game-one against the Friars on Saturday for a total of four points on the weekend.
Sophomore Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) currently leads the team with 21 points (6g, 15a), followed by Knutson with 20 points (12g, 8a) and classmate Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) with 12 (3g, 9a). Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) has seen over 767 minutes in net for the Huskies, stopping 487 pucks for a .947 save percentage and a 2.11 goals against average. Sophomore goalie Annie Belanger has played over 613 minutes in goal for UConn, recording 262 saves for a .907 save percentage and 2.64 goals against average.
No. 6 Northeastern is currently 20-4-1 overall this season with a 15-2 Hockey East record, with its only losses coming against No. 1 Boston College. The NU Huskies are currently riding a nine-game winning streak, most recently sweeping Maine, 8-1 on Saturday and 5-2 on Sunday.
Senior Kendall Coyne, who has earned conference Player of the Week the past three consecutive weeks, currently leads Northeastern with 58 points (33g, 25a) followed by sophomore Denisa Krizova with 42 points (13g, 29a) and junior Hayley Scamurra with 34 (13g, 24a). Freshman goaltender Brittany Bugalski has faced 1012:13 minutes between the pipes for NU, stopping 402 pucks for a .926 save percentage and a 1.90 goals against average.
UConn currently trails Northeastern 17-20-11 in the all-time series. The last time out, UConn dropped a 5-1 decision to Northeastern in its 2016 opener on the road at Matthews Arena on January 5, 2016. Junior Kelly Harris (Canton, Mich.) tallied the only goal for UConn early in the second period with Fredette and Knutson on the assists. Last season, UConn and Northeastern met on three occasions, two of which ended in ties and one a 4-3 loss for UConn.
UConn will play its only Monday game of the season when it hosts Princeton on January 25 at 7 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.