Feb. 10, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - In the last four meetings, the No. 9/9 University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team has come out the victor against Boston University. With a pair of games against the Terriers this weekend, the Huskies look to continue the trend and move up in the Hockey East standings.
Connecticut (18-8-2, 10-5-0) and Boston University (13-10-5, 10-6-0) are all tied at fourth in conference with 20 points each. The Huskies took the first meeting of the season over a then-ranked No. 9/9 BU squad 3-0 at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Jan. 10. Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont./Montreal Axion NWHL) had the gamewinner on the power play while Monique Weber (Rogers, Minn./Elk Rivers High) added a pair of goals for the win. Reigning ITECH Goaltender of the month, Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont./Ottawa Inter. AA) made 31 saves for her first of three consecutive Hockey East shutouts.
Boston University suffered an 8-0 loss at the hands of Harvard on Feb. 3 in the Beanpot. The Terriers will now face Northeastern in the consolation round on Feb. 10. Prior to coming up empty against the Crimson, BU won two-straight games against Vermont on Jan. 30 and 31.
Goaltender of the month for January Wilson, will take on reigning Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week, Melissa Haber. Haber earned the honor with a 23 save performance against Vermont for her fifth career shutout. She leads the Terriers with a 1.68 goals-against average and has tallied five wins this season.
The Huskies, who have played seven of their last nine games at home, are coming of a 1-1 weekend against Providence. UConn dropped the first game at Schneider Arena 5-1 before prevailing in overtime at home on Feb. 1. Nicole Tritter (Toronto, Ont./Toronto Jr. Aeros Inter.) scored less than a minute into the extra session to pull Connecticut past the Friars 2-1.
Face-off is set for 7 p.m. on Friday at Freitas Ice Forum with the first 100 students to arrive receiving a free slice of pizza. On Saturday, the two teams meet for the final regular-season meeting at 3 p.m. at Walter Brown Arena.
Fans can follow Friday's action on GameTracker via UConnHuskies.com or listen to the game on WHUS 91.7 FM.