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STORRS, Conn. -- Hockey East plays rolls on this weekend when the UConn women's hockey team (7-14-6, 3-8-3 WHEA) plays host to No. 7 Boston University (16-6-2, 11-4-0) on Saturday afternoon. The contest marks UConn's annual `Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer' game, with the Huskies joining with the rest of the Hockey East schools to partner with the Friends of Mel Foundation and raise awareness.
UConn is led offensively by seniors Sarah MacDonnell and Emily Snodgrass, who hold 6-14-20 and 14-5-19 scoring lines, respectively. Annie Belanger and Elaine Chuli have each seen a large portion of action in goal and are tied for third in Hockey East and 18th nationally with identical .920 save percentages. The Huskies lead the WHEA with 17.1 blocked shots per game and have the third-best penalty kill in the league at 87.0 percent.
The Series: Boston University
The Huskies and Terriers have skated 28 times in the past, with BU holding a 19-8-3 all-time record after sweeping the three-game set last season and doing the same in a home-and-home series back in November. UConn's last victory over Boston University came in the 2009-10 season, a 2-0 victory on Jan. 29, 2010 at Walter Brown Arena. On Nov. 15 in Storrs, UConn erased a 2-0 BU advantage with third period goals from Rebecca Fleming and Justine Fredette to tie the contes before a late Terrier goal gave BU a 3-2 victory. The next day in Boston, Theresa Knutson and Emily Snodgrass both scored in a 4-2 setback. Over the last two seasons, Sarah MacDonnell has five points (1g-4a) in five contests against the Terriers.
A Look At Boston University
The Terriers visit Storrs with a 16-6-2 overall record and an 11-4-0 mark in league play, currently checking in at No. 7 in both major national polls. BU presently slots in at second in the WHEA league standings, five points ahead of third-place Maine and eight behind first place Boston College. The Terriers are coming off a split of two home games vs. Vermont, falling 2-0 before a 9-2 victory. Sarah Lefort leads the BU offense with a 15-15-30 scoring line, coming in at second on the team in goals and third in assist along with her team-high 30 points. Canadian Olympian Marie Philip-Poulin leads BU with 17 goals in 19 contests, adding 10 assists to total 27 points on the year. Behind Lefort and Poulin, Kayla Tutino (6-16-22) and Victoria Bach (13-7-20) have eclipsed 20 points this season, while Shannon Doyle is tied with Tutino for the team-high with 16 assists. Victoria Hanson (10-3-1, 2.14 GAA, .905%) and Erin O'Neil (6-3-1, 2.65 GAA, .905%) have split time in goal this season, with each seeing over 40% of BU's ice time.
Last Time Out
UConn split a home-and-home series against Providence last weekend, dropping a 4-1 decision in Rhode Island on Jan. 24 before a 4-1 victory in Storrs on Jan. 25. Fleming scored the lone Husky goal in the setback at PC, assisted by Knutson. In the victory at UConn, four Huskies lit the lamp and Annie Belanger stopped 36-of-37 shots on her way to a WHEA Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week nod. Snodgrass scored the game's first goal as part of a two-point outing, giving the Huskies a first-period lead. Margaret Zimmer made it 2-0 in the second, and after PC brought it back within one MacDonnell scored to push the score to 3-1. Kelly Harris capped the scoring with a third period goal, burying a Knutson rebound on the power play. UConn's special teams held Providence off the board on each of the Friars seven man-advantage opportunities.