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SIx games remain on regular-season schedule (PC: Steve Slade).
SIx games remain on regular-season schedule (PC: Steve Slade).
Feb. 1, 2018


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STORRS, Conn. –
Coming off a weekend sweep of No. 9 Maine, the UConn women’s ice hockey team looks to continue the momentum swing at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum with just six games remaining in its quest for a Hockey East postseason berth.

The Huskies (9-11-8, 3-10-5 WHEA) welcome a pair of top-four Hockey East teams this weekend – hosting Northeastern on Friday night at 7 p.m. and No. 9 Providence on Saturday at 3 p.m. It is Whiteout Week at UConn and fans are encouraged to wear white at both games.

The sweep of the Black Bears were the first victories over a ranked opponent for the Huskies since the 2013-14 season, when they knocked-off No. 7 Boston College. It was the first four-point weekend of the season for UConn in league play.

Currently sitting in eighth place, the Huskies’ 11 points put them in playoff position by holding a one-point edge over Merrimack for the last spot. Six games remain on the schedule – including four games at Freitas – and two of them come against the Warriors.

Freshman forward Natalie Snodgrass continues her stellar campaign, as she leads the team in goals (16), points (28) and tied for the lead in assists (12). Sophomore Briana Colangelo (21) and senior Leah Lum (20) are the other two 20-point scorers for UConn.

Senior goalie Annie Belanger was named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, her second nod of the season, following her 2-0 weekend against Maine. She made 51 saves over the weekend, including a shutout win on Saturday.

UConn is 17-29-11 all-time against Northeastern and has lost 10 straight to the Huskies from the north. The Friars hold a 33-16-7 lead over the Huskies.  

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS

Northeastern (13-12-3, 9-9-2 WHEA) was swept by Vermont this past weekend and went 3-3-1 in the month of January. The Huskies are tied with New Hampshire for fourth place with 20 points each, as senior forward McKenna Brand continues to lead the team in goals (12), assists (15) and points (27).

No. 9 Providence (14-9-6, 10-5-4 WHEA) moved up a spot in the rankings this past week, despite being swept by No. 3 Boston College. The Friars have lost three straight and went 3-4-2 in January. Freshman forward Maureen Murphy has a team-high 17 goals, while senior forward Brooke Boquist has a team-best 24 points.

CLIMBING THE RANKS

Senior forwards Leah Lum and Theresa Knutson have become one of the greatest scoring duos in program history, as the pair continues to climb the all-time ranks. Lum is third all-time in points (92) and Knutson is fourth in goals (46), one short of tying Michelle Binning for third. Lum also sits fourth all-time in assists (52), five short of Jennifer Chaisson and a top-three spot.

COMING UP

After this weekend, the Huskies travel to Vermont for a weekend set before hosting Merrimack for the final two games on Senior Weekend (Feb. 16-17). UConn has been a strong home team, as it boasts a 6-2-7 record at Freitas compared to a 3-9-1 mark on the road.


 

 

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