STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s ice hockey team will face two different conference opponents this weekend when it hosts No. 1 Boston College on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. and Providence on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum.
UConn currently holds an 11-12-5 overall record, with a 7-8-3 record in Hockey East games. The Huskies are coming off a two-game sweep on the road against Vermont, where they pulled out a 2-1 win against the Catamounts on Friday and a 3-1 win on Saturday at Gutterson Field House.
Sophomore Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C) and senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) were recognized by the conference for their performances against Vermont, taking home two of the three weekly Hockey East awards. Lum earned Warrior Player of the Week for her four-point performance and Chuli earned Defensive Player of the Week for her 55 saver showing.
The Huskies are currently led by three sophomores, starting with Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) who leads the team with 14 goals and 22 points (14g, 8a) followed by Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) who leads the team in assists with 15 and is second with 21 points (6g, 15a) and Lum who rounds out the top three with 17 points (7g, 10a).
Chuli has seen over 1,006 minutes between the pipes for UConn, recording 631 saves with a .942 save percentage and a 2.32 goals against average. Sophomore goaltender Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) has started in 11 games for the Huskies, stopping 300 pucks in over 673 minutes in net for a .906 save percentage and a 2.76 goals against average.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE
Boston College is currently undefeated 28-0 this season with a 19-0 record in Hockey East play to put them at the top of the conference. The Eagles are coming off an 8-0 blowout win against Harvard in the Bean Pot on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
BC is currently led by senior captain Alex Carpenter with 63 points (34g, 29a), 11 points higher than classmate Haley Skarupa who is second on the team with 52 points (22g, 30a), followed by sophomore Megan Keller with 34 points (11g, 23a).
Sophomore goalie Katie Burt has faced over 1,339 minutes in net for the Eagles, recording 451 saves for a .951 save percentage and a 1.03 goals against average, the best percentage and GAA in the conference.
THE SERIES: BC
UConn trails BC 14-24-7 in all-time series. The Huskies and the Eagles met earlier this season in a home-and-home series in Oct. of 2015, where the Eagles pulled out back-to-back 4-0 victories. Chuli shattered UConn’s single-game record after she recorded 59 saves in the first game of the series. Chuli tallied 41 saves in game-two to finish the weekend with 100 combined saves.
The Friars are currently 9-18-1 overall with a 5-12-1 slate in Hockey East. Providence is coming off a split 1-1 series against Maine. The Friars fell to the Black Bears 3-1 on Saturday, but pulled out a 1-0 win against Maine on Sunday. Both games were played on Providence’s home ice. The Friars will host Northeastern on Saturday before traveling to Storrs on Sunday.
Junior Cassidy Carels and freshman Christina Putigna are currently tied for first on the team with 23 points (both with 8g, 15a) followed by leading scorer, sophomore Brooke Boquist with 20 points (11g, 9a).
Freshman goaltender Madison Myers has played over 1,202 in net for the Friars, stopping 450 pucks for a .882 save percentage and a 2.99 goals against average.
THE SERIES: PROVIDENCE
The Friars lead the all-time series with the Huskies 30-14-6. Providence and UConn met less than a month ago for a home-and-home series earlier in 2016. The two played to a 1-1 draw at Schneider Arena in Providence on Jan. 16, but UConn cruised past Providence 5-2 on Jan. 17 on its home ice at the Freitas Ice Forum. Knutson recorded her first career hat trick, scoring the team’s last three goals, including the game-winner, in the 5-2 victory against the Friars.
The Huskies will host their final two home games of the regular season when they welcome the Maine Black Bears on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. for Senior Day at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.