BURLINGTON, Vt. – The UConn women’s ice hockey team hits the road for two games with Vermont on Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. at Gutterson Field House in Burlington, Vt.
The Huskies currently hold a 9-12-5 overall record with a 5-8-3 conference record. The team is coming off a three-game weekend against two ranked opponents with its most recent loss coming against No. 9 Princeton on Monday where the Huskies were shut out 4-0.
UConn is currently led by three sophomores, Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) and Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) who are tied with 21 points, followed by Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) with 13 points.
Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli has played over 886 minutes in net for UConn, stopping 576 pucks for a .940 and a 2.50 save percentage while sophomore goalie Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) has seen over 673 minutes between the pipes, recording 300 saves for a .906 save percentage and a 2.76 goals against average.
Vermont is currently 6-19-2 overall with a 4-11-2 slate in Hockey East play. The Catamounts are coming an 0-2 series against No. 1/2 Boston College, losing to the Eagles 6-2 on Friday and 6-1 on Sunday. Prior to that, Vermont went 1-0-1 against BU, tying them 3-3 in game-one and then dropping a 6-2 decision in game-two.
Senior Dayna Colang currently leads the Catamounts with 22 points (10g, 12a) followed by sophomore Taylor Willard with 14 points (7g, 7a) and junior Bridget Baker with 10 (6g, 4a).
Junior goaltender Madison Litchfield has started in 15 games for the Catamounts and seen over 949 minutes in net, stopping 402 shots for a .895 percentage and a 2.97 goals against average. Sophomore goalie Molly Depew has started in 12 games for over 678 minutes, recording 310 saves for a .871 percentage and a 4.07 goals against average.
UConn leads the all-time series with Vermont 22-7-2. The two met earlier this year on one occasion on the Uconn’s home ice and the Huskies pulled out a 3-2 win over the Catamounts. Fredette tallied a pair of goals for the Huskies, including the game-winner, and Knutson took credit on the other goal. Both sophomores also recorded an assist that game.
UConn and Vermont met three times in the 2014-15 season, and the Huskies went 2-1 against the Catamounts, earning two wins at home in January of 2015 and recording the loss on the road at Gutterson in November of 2014.
The Huskies will remain home for their next four games, spanning two weekends and three separate opponents. UConn will host Boston College on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. and then host Providence Sunday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs. The following weekend, UConn will play a two-game series at home against Maine.