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STORRS, Conn. – Riding a four-game winning streak in Hockey East play, matching its longest run since the 2014-15 season, the UConn women’s ice hockey team prepares for an important road weekend at Vermont on Friday and Saturday.
After going 4-0-1 in the latest five-game homestand, the Huskies (11-11-8, 5-10-5 WHEA) are tied for eighth place in Hockey East with Vermont at 15 points – though only six points separate them from New Hampshire and fourth place.
Four games remain for UConn in the regular season, with a weekend set at Vermont (Feb. 9-10) and a home series against Merrimack (Feb. 16-17). Friday’s game with the Catamounts is at 7 p.m., while Saturday’s contest is at 4 p.m.
Sophomore Briana Colangelo continued her strong sophomore campaign, netting her second overtime game-winner in eight days when she helped UConn win a 3-2 meeting against No. 9 Providence on Saturday. Four straight wins – including three against two different ranked opponents – is the longest streak of the season for the Huskies.
Senior Leah Lum, who earned WHEA Player of the Week honors on Monday, is closing in on the 100-point mark for her career. Her 97 career points rank third in program history, behind only Jaclyn Hawkins (144) and Dominique Thibault (122).
Lum accounted for five assists this past weekend, catapulting her into a tie for third all-time with Jennifer Chaisson in career assists (57). It was her first Player of the Week award this season.
Earlier this year, UConn lost a 2-1 game to Vermont at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Oct. 7 in just the third game of the season for the Huskies. UConn is 25-9-3 all-time against the Catamounts.
The Catamounts (9-17-4, 6-12-3 WHEA), much like the Huskies, have found a groove as of late – winning three of their last four games, including a sweep of fifth-place Northeastern. Eve-Audrey Picard is the team’s leading scorer, but Vermont ranks just eighth in the conference in scoring offense (2.13 goals per game). When playing at the Gutterson Fieldhouse, Vermont is 4-8-2 this season.
1. Eve-Audrey Picard – 14-10-24
2. Alyssa Gorecki – 7-10-17
3. Saana Valkama – 6-8-14
STREAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME
Once sitting in last place in Hockey East, the Huskies have rattled off eight points in the last four games, sweeping No. 9 Maine at home before beating Northeastern and No. 9 Providence. Since joining Hockey East in the 2002-03 season, UConn’s longest winning streak in league play without a tie is seven games (2009-10).
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