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Women's Hockey Welcomes Back Alumni as Huskies Face BC

Senior captain Sami Evelyn.

Feb. 9, 2012

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STORRS, Conn. - After snapping a 12-game winless streak, the University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey team faces No. 6 Boston College in a home-and-home series, which kicks off at the Freitas Ice Forum at 1:00 pm, Saturday. Game two gets underway at 2:00 pm on Sunday in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

About the Huskies... Connecticut sits just one point back of the final playoff spot in Hockey East. Overall, the Huskies are 4-19-7 and own nine points on a 3-11-3 league record. With four games left to play, UConn trails New Hampshire by one point and is holding off Vermont with a one point lead as all three teams vie for the sixth playoff spot. Freshman Emily Snodgrass was named this week’s Hockey East Rookie of the Week after a three-point weekend. She leads the Huskies with 19 points on a team-high eight goals and is tied for the team lead in assists at 11 with redshirt-sophomore defenseman Maggie Walsh who is second on the team with 14 points. Senior Sami Evelyn, sophomore Jocelyn Slattery and freshman Kayla Campero have all collected seven assists, while Slattery and Campero have lit the lamp six times and Evelyn five. In the crease, senior Alexandra Garcia and sophomore Nicole Paniccia have split time, with Paniccia earning three of the last four starts. She holds a .931 save percentage, ranked sixth in the nation, and 2.35 goals against average. On the penalty kill, UConn has allowed just 12 goals on 117 opponent power plays, good enough for a nation-best 89.7 penalty kill percentage.



Last Time Out... The Huskies posted a win and a loss, both in league action, last weekend. Connecticut spoiled a 2-0 lead, behind power play goals from Snodgrass and freshman Rachel Farrel, in a 3-2 loss at No. 7/8 Northeastern. Paniccia racked up 40 saves in the loss, her second straight start with 40 or more. On Sunday afternoon, UConn managed its first win in over two months, with a decisive 6-3 come-from-behind win over New Hampshire. Trailing 2-0 midway through the second, sophomore Jenna Welch got the Huskies on the board and Evelyn tied the game just minutes later. UNH regained the lead early in the third, but Farrel netted her second of the weekend less than two minutes later to tie the game at three. At the 15:21 mark, sophomore Stephanie Raithby rebounded a shot by junior Maude Blain into the goal for the eventual game-winning score. Snodgrass added some insurance later in the period with her second of the weekend and junior Kelly Horan posted the team’s first empty netter of the season. Paniccia totaled 20 saves in the win.

Scouting the Eagles... Freshman Alex Carpenter is the top-scorer for the No. 6/6 Boston College Eagles with 29 points on 14 goals and 15 assists. BC stands in second place with a Hockey East record of 11-4-2, while sitting at 19-8-3 overall. Freshman Emily Field ranks second on the team in scoring with 23 points on seven goals and a team-high 16 helpers. Seven other Eagles have already reached double-digit points for the season, including junior Ashley Motherwell (10g, 9a) and senior Mary Restuccia (4, 15) each with 19 points. Junior netminder Corinne Boyles owns a 2.10 GAA and .924 save percentage.

Last Time vs. Boston College... Connecticut fell to No. 4/5 Boston College at home, 3-1, on Sunday, January 22. Slattery netted the lone score for the Huskies, while Snodgrass assisted on the goal. Between the pipes, Garcia turned away 28 shots. UConn fell to 0-7 on the season against ranked opponents following the loss.

All-Time vs. BC... The Huskies do hold a 13-11-7 lead in the all-time series against the Eagles, including a 7-4-6 record at home. BC went 2-0-1 in last season’s series and the last UConn win came at home, 3-1, on February 6, 2010.

Up Next... The Huskies wrap up the 2011-12 regular season with a home-and-home series against Boston University. UConn hosts the Terriers for “Senior Day” on Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 pm, then heads to BU for the regular season finale on Sunday.

All-Decade Team... Prior to Saturday’s contest against the Eagles, Connecticut will reveal is Hockey East All-Decade Team, celebrating the Hockey East’s 10th Anniversary. Jennifer Chaisson (‘11), Jaclyn Hawkins (‘08) and Tiffany Owens (‘05) will be honored as the forwards named to the All-Decade Team, while Cristin Allen (‘10) and Natalie Vibert (‘07) will be honored as the two defensemen and Kaitlyn Shain (‘06) will be honored as the team’s All-Decade goaltender.

Skating Strides... For the seventh-straight season UConn headlined the Hockey East’s Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising program, Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer, raising over $11,000 during the 2011-12 season. The Huskies have led the entire conference in funds raised since the inception of the program, raising more than $50,000 over the past six years. On January 16, UConn hosted 85 youth hockey players for its Skating Strides Clinic.

Special Teams... Connecticut ranks second from the bottom in Hockey East in penalty minutes at 9.3 per game. The UConn penalty kill is the best in the league. Overall the Husky PK, ranked tops in the nation, is 105-for-117 (89.7%), while the team’s power play remains sixth in the league at 14-for-117 (12.0%). Snodgrass leads the Huskies with four power play goals.