Feb. 14, 2014
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STORRS, Conn. -- Riding a two-game winning streak in league play, the UConn women's hockey team (9-19-2, 6-10-1 WHEA) looks to continue its strong play when it visits Northeastern (14-13-2, 9-6-2 WHEA) for a two-game set in Boston. Connecticut is currently in fifth place in the WHEA standings, looking to hold that spot with four conference games remaining. Puck drop from Matthews Arena is set for 2 p.m. on both Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16.
The Series: Northeastern
The Huskies in Navy and White have skated with their counterparts in Red and Black 41 times, with UConn on top 17-15-9 in the all-time series. Northeastern has held the upper hand in recent seasons, currently riding an eight-game winning streak against UConn dating back to the 2010-11 season. Prior to that, UConn was unbeaten in four contests, with its last win over NU coming on Feb. 10, 2011. Earlier this season, Northeastern visited Freitas Ice Forum and came away with a 3-1 victory on Jan. 15. Elaine Chuli made 30 saves and Sarah MacDonnell cut a 2-0 deficit in half with a goal in the final 90 seconds, but NU tacked on an empty netter in the final minute to seal the win. Chloe Desjardins stopped 34-of-35 shots for NU in the victory.
A Look at the (Other) Huskies
Northeastern hosts UConn with a 14-13-2 record, including a 9-6-2 mark in league play to currently sit third in Hockey East. NU most recently dropped a 3-0 contest to Boston College in the Beanpot final on Tuesday, which snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Huskies. As a result of their hot play of late, NU received votes in each poll this week. Kelly Wallace leads the Northeastern offense with 17 goals and 27 points, good for fourth and seventh in Hockey East, respectively. Paige Savage leads the squad with 17 assists, fourth in the league, and is second on NU with 23 points. Katie MacSorley has added 13 goals and eight assists, while Hayley Scamurra and Heather Mottau have each notched 16 points to tie for eight in the league in rookie scoring. Chloe Desjardins has started all but one game in goal for NU, placing fourth in Hockey East in both GAA (2.45) and save percentage (.922).
Last Time Out
UConn posted a four-point weekend in their last go-round, picking up wins over No. 7 Boston College and at New Hampshire. Against BC at home, Chuli made 45 saves in a 2-0 shutout to give UConn its first win over a ranked team since March 6, 2010. Kayla Campero scored the eventual game-winner in the second period, before Stephanie Raithby tacked on an insurance goal midway through the third. In the game at UNH, the Wildcats jumped ahead early before Brittany Berisoff tied the contest at 1-1. MacDonnell then gave the Huskies the lead with a power play strike to make it 2-1, before a Michela Cava redirection put UConn on top for good in the 3-1 victory. Chuli rebounded from a first period goal to make 38 saves for Connecticut, marking her 13th straight 30-save performance. Following the weekend, UConn was named WHEA Team of the Week and Chuli garnered Co-Player of the Week laurels.
Following the series in Boston, UConn returns home to close the regular season with two games against Maine on Feb. 21 and 22 at Freitas Ice Forum.