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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- The calendar rolls into February for the UConn women's hockey (7-15-6, 3-9-3 WHEA) with a pair of Hockey East road tilts this weekend, with trips to No. 1 Boston College (26-0-1, 16-0-0 WHEA) and New Hampshire (8-18-1, 5-10-0) on tap for UConn. The Huskies are currently seventh in the league standings, a point behind UNH in sixth and two points out of fifth. The Huskies take on BC on Friday at 7 p.m. and New Hampshire on Sunday at 2 p.m. in a contest televised by Fox College Sports Atlantic.
The Series: Boston College
The Huskies and Eagles have met 41 times in the past, with BC holding a 20-14-7 advantage in the all-time series. No. 1 BC swept a home-and-home series earlier this year, taking 6-1 and 6-0 victories on Nov. 21 and 22. Reese Maccario scored her first career goal at BC on Nov. 21, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the contest before the high-powered Eagles scored the next six goals. UConn’s last win over Boston College came at the end of last season, a 2-0 victory over then-No. 7 BC in Storrs on Feb. 8, 2014. It was the first win over a ranked opponent for Connecticut during the Chris MacKenzie era. Elaine Chuli recorded a 45-save shutout while Kayla Campero and Stephanie Raithby scored in the upset victory.
Eying up the Eagles
BC hosts UConn as the nation’s unanimous No. 1 team, currently unbeaten in 27 contests and with a perfect 16-0-0 mark in Hockey East play. The Eagles most recent contest came on Tuesday in the Women’s Beanpot, a 3-1 non-conference victory over Northeastern in the tournament semifinals. United States Olympian Alex Carpenter paces the BC offense with an NCAA-leading 27 goals and 62 points, posting an absurd 2.48 points/game. Haley Skarupa is right behind her in the national scoring leaders with a 24-29-53 scoring line, while Emily Pfalzer (27), Kenzie Kent (25) and Lexi Bender (21) are each among the top-five in Hockey East in assists. Katie Burt sees the bulk of action in goal and leads the WHEA with a 1.03 GAA and .945 save percentage.
The Series: New Hampshire
The Huskies have faced the Wildcats 45 times in the past, with New Hampshire holding a 33-8-4 edge in the all-time series. After UConn won two of three against UNH last season, the Wildcats came into Storrs this season and swept a two-game set on Jan. 17 and 18. In the first contest, Campero and Margaret Zimmer scored in the first period to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead, before a two-goal second period for UNH forced overtime and eventual game-winner for the Wildcats. The next day, Emily Snodgrass scored the lone UConn goal in a 3-1 setback.
A Look at the Wildcats
UNH currently holds an 8-18-1 record on the year and a 5-10-0 mark in Hockey East play. The Wildcats most recently split a home series against Maine, falling 3-0 before a 4-2 victory. Jonna Curtis leads the UNH offense with an 11-6-17 scoring line, tops on the team in goals and points. Nicolene Jensen (5-5-10) and Kayla Mork (2-8-10) join Curtis with double-digit points on the year, and Amy Boucher is second on the team with six goals. Vilma Vaattovaara is the primary netminder for the Wildcats and holds a 2.84 GAA and a .905 save percentage.
Following the weekend, UConn concludes its home slate with a pair of contests at Freitas Ice Forum against Northeastern on Feb. 14 and 15. Both contests are set for 3 p.m.
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