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STORRS, Conn. – With eight games remaining in the regular season, the UConn women’s ice hockey team will be fighting for playoff position in Hockey East when No. 9 Maine visits the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum this weekend for a pair of league contests.
The Huskies (7-11-8, 1-10-5 WHEA) take on the third-place Black Bears (16-7-3, 10-4-2 WHEA) on Friday night at 7 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. UConn currently sits in ninth place in the league, two points behind eighth and a Hockey East postseason berth.
In their first full home weekend since Nov. 3-4 with Rensselaer, the Huskies play their next four games at Freitas – as well six of their final eight this season. UConn is 4-2-7 when playing on campus, against a 3-9-1 mark on the road.
UConn is coming off a 2-2 tie with Boston University this past Sunday in the Skating Strides game, which raised over $6,000 to be donated to UConn Health. Junior Rebecca Lindblad and senior Leah Lum scored goals against the Terriers.
Defense continues to be a strength for UConn, as it ranks fourth in Hockey East allowing just 2.27 goals per game. In penalty kills, the Huskies have earned an 82.9-percent rate (68-of-82), good for fifth in the league.
Freshman Natalie Snodgrass continues to lead the team in goals (14) and points (25), while tied for the program lead in assists (11). Sophomore Briana Colangelo (19) and Lum (17) rank second and third in points, respectively.
Earlier this season in Orono, Me., the Huskies lost a tight 4-3 overtime game to the Black Bears after a goal by Michelle Weis just 35 seconds into the extra period. UConn leads the all-time series with Maine, 30-16-7.
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The nationally-ranked Black Bears won two of three games against Merrimack in their latest Hockey East series and are 6-1-1 in their last eight games in league play. Maine’s defense and penalty kill rank first in the league, allowing just 2.04 goals per game and managing an 87.4-percent kill rate on power plays (90-of-103).
1. Tereza Vanisova – 13-26-39
2. Brooke Stacey – 10-14-24
3. Michelle Weis – 8-10-18
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As of this weekend, Lum has 51 career assists, putting her fourth on UConn’s all-time list. Lum, one of UConn’s alternate captains, has 89 total points – third-most of any UConn player in history. In addition, senior Theresa Knutson has scored 46 career goals – one short of tying Michelle Binning for third in the program ranks.
UPCOMING HOME SCHEDULE
After this weekend against Maine, the Huskies return to Freitas next week to host Northeastern and No. 10 Providence. The next two weekends have identical schedules – Friday game at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.
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