Stephanie Raithby has scored in UConn's last two home games
Jan. 30, 2014
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STORRS, Conn. -- Continuing its late season conference swing, the UConn women's ice hockey team (7-17-2, 4-8-1 WHEA) takes on Boston University (16-8-1, 9-5-0 WHEA) in a home-and-home series this weekend. The Terriers will visit Storrs on Friday before the Huskies head to Boston on Saturday to conclude the season series with BU. Friday’s game at Freitas will be UConn’s annual Skating Strides for Breast Cancer Awareness game.
The Series: Boston University
The Huskies and Terriers have met 26 times dating back to the 2005-06 season, with BU holding a 15-8-3 edge all-time. UConn went 8-3-3 in the first 14 installments of the series, but BU has won the
last 12 contests, including a 6-2 victory earlier this season on Nov. 6, 2013 at Walter Brown Arena. In that game, the Terriers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before Susan Cavanagh scored her first career goal in the second period. Rachel Farrel would tack on another goal for the Huskies in the third period off assists from Sarah MacDonnell and Viivi Vaattovaara, but a late shorthanded goal for the Terriers sealed their 6-2 victory. Sarah Moses made 36 saves for UConn in the setback.
A Look at the Terriers
Boston University enters the weekend set unranked for the first time this season after losing four straight contests. Most recently, the Terriers were swept in a two-game set at Vermont, dropping 4-2 and 5-1 decisions to the Catamounts. Overall on the season, BU is 16-8-1 and in second place in Hockey East with a 9-5-0 mark in league play. Sarah Lefort leads the BU offense with 36 points, leading Hockey East in points, goals (19) and assists (17). Louise Warren is second on the squad with a 17-12-29 scoring line, placing third in the league in points and second in goals. Maddie Elia (8-11-19), Samantha Sutherland (5-12-17) and Kaleigh Fratkin (4-13-17) also add some scoring punch to the BU lineup. Kerrin Sperry had started 21 games in net for the Terriers, posting a 14-6-1 record to go along with a 2.25 GAA and a .928 save percentage, both marks among the top-three in Hockey East.
Last Time Out
UConn split a home-and-home series with Providence last weekend, picking up a 3-1 victory in Storrs on Jan. 25 before falling, 1-0, at PC on Jan. 26. In the victory, Elaine Chuli made 36 saves and Stephanie Raithby, Farrel and Kayla Campero all scored to erase an early 1-0 deficit for the comeback victory. After Chuli allowed a goal in the first 30 seconds of the contest, she was brilliant for the remainder, turning aside the final 34 shots she faced. Raithby’s equalizer came off assists from Erin Burns and Margaret Zimmer, before Farrel tallied minutes later on the power play via feeds from Kiana Nauheim and Alice Hughes. Campero’s goal came early in the third period to provide some insurance, off an assist from Emily Snodgrass. Chuli was strong again in the Sunday contest at PC, making 30 saves, but the Huskies couldn’t muster a goal in the 1-0 defeat. Chuli was named WHEA Defensive Player of the Week following the series after stopping 66-of-68 shots in the two-game set.
Following the two-game set with Boston University, UConn hosts No. 7 Boston College on Feb. 8 before traveling to New Hampshire on Feb. 9. Both contests are set for 2 p.m. puck drops.