Feb. 17, 2012
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STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey team’s playoffs hopes are on the line in the final weekend of the regular season. The Huskies host No. 9 Boston University for “Senior Day” at 2:00 pm on Saturday, before heading to BU for the regular season finale at 3:00 pm on Sunday.
About the Huskies... Despite a pair of losses last weekend, the Huskies are still in contention for the final Hockey East playoff spot. UConn owns nine points on a 3-13-3 league record and is 4-21-7 overall. Connecticut is currently in seventh place, just one point behind New Hampshire and one point ahead of Vermont. Freshman Emily Snodgrass leads the Huskies with 20 points on eight goals and 12 assists. It is the second straight season that a freshman has reached the 20-point mark for UConn. Redshirt-sophomore defenseman Maggie Walsh (4g, 11a) is second on the team with 15 points. Senior defenseman Sami Evelyn, sophomore Jocelyn Slattery and freshman Kayla Campero all have 13 points on six goals and seven assists, apiece. In net, senior Alexandra Garcia and sophomore Nicole Pannicia continue to split time. Paniccia holds a slight edge in minutes played and holds a 2.56 goals against average and .926 save percentage.
Last Time Out... Connecticut
was swept in its weekend series with No. 6 Boston College by scores of 5-0 and 6-2. Evelyn and Walsh each scored in the Huskies 6-2 defeat on Sunday afternoon. Walsh netted the first power play goal of her career and Snodgrass picked up her team-leading 12th assist of the year on Evelyn’s score. After allowing three power play goals in seven tries by the Eagles, the UConn power play dropped to 87.9 percent and fifth in the national rankings.
Scouting the Terriers... Senior Jenn Wakefield is the league’s top scorer at 46 points on 23 goals and 23 assists. She leads the Boston University offense with eight power plays goals and has posted 30 points in conference play alone. The No. 9/10 Terriers are 18-13-1 overall and 12-7-0 in Hockey East. Junior Isabel Menard (15, 19) ranks second on BU with 34 points and freshman Kayla Tutino (16, 14) ranks third with 30. Between the pipes, sophomore goaltender Kerrin Sperry has logged 1706 minutes and owns a 2.57 GAA and .914 save percentage. The Terriers sit in third place, four points back of BC, and still have a shot at a first round bye in the Hockey East playoffs. Last weekend they swept UVM by scores of 8-4 and 4-1.
Last Time vs. Boston... UConn snapped a 12-period scoring drought, but still fell in its sixth straight game to No. 5 Boston University on November 19, 2011. Snodgrass struck first for the Huskies, but the Terriers pulled even six minutes into the third on a power play goal by senior Tara Watchorn. Snodgrass netted her second of the day with a shorthanded goal at the 8:07 mark to put UConn back on top. Despite being able to generate offense on special teams, the Huskies struggled to keep BU’s special teams from scoring. Less than a minute after Connecticut took the lead, Menard lit the lamp on a power play goal and Tutino soon followed with the game-winning goal, while shorthanded.
All-Time vs. BU... Connecticut its tied with Boston 8-8-3 in the all-time series. Last season, the Terriers swept the three-game season series and have won five straight overall since defeating the Huskies in the Hockey East final in 2010, 2-1. UConn’s last win over BU came in a 2-0 decision on the road in January 2010 behind Alexandra Garcia’s fourth shutout of the season.
Up Next... Should UConn clinch a spot in the Hockey East playoffs over the weekend, the quarterfinals will be played at the number three seed, Boston College, Boston University or Providence, on Saturday, March 25.
Husky Class of 2012... Connecticut will celebrate “Senior Day” prior to Saturday’s contest against BU. This year three UConn seniors will be honored; Sami Evelyn, Alexandra Garcia and Rebecca Hewett. Evelyn has skated in 137 games and scored 18 goals and 40 assists for 58 career points, while Hewett has appeared in 139 games, scored six times and added 33 assists for 39 career points. Garcia has stood between the pipes for 91 games, registered a 2.26 GAA, .920 save percentage and 11 shutouts.