DURHAM, N.H. – The UConn women’s ice hockey team will hit the road for its final two-game series of the regular season against New Hampshire Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21 both a 2 p.m. at the Whittemore Center.
The Huskies are coming off a two-game sweep against Maine, which earned them a winning record of 14-13-5 overall and 10-9-3 in Hockey East games, and secured them home ice advantage in the Hockey East quarterfinals as the No. 4 team. Senior Leah Buress (Windsor, Ont.) scored the game-winning, overtime goal on a breakaway in Friday’s 2-1 overtime thriller against the Black Bears.
Six out of seven points recorded in Saturday’s 4-3 victory over Maine were contributed by seniors on Senior Day. Buress and fellow seniors Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, B.C.) and Margaret Zimmer (St. Charles, Ill.) each tallied two points on Senior Day.
Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) posted 72 saves in the two-game series with the Black Bears to become the new Hockey East all-time career saves leader with 2,144 saves, surpassing Roxanne Douville who previously held the record with 2,143.
Sophomores Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.), Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) currently lead the team in points. Knutson is at the top of the leaderboard with 24 points (15g, 9a), followed by Fredette with 23 points (7g, 16a) and Lum with 19 (9g, 10a).
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire is currently 10-21-1 overall with a 7-15-0 Hockey East record. The Wildcats are currently riding a five-game losing streak, with most recent losses coming against Boston University in a home-and-home series.
UNH is currently in a three-way tie, with Vermont and Providence, for fifth in the Hockey East standings and could potentially play UConn in the quarterfinals if they secure the No. 5 spot after this weekend.
Junior Jonna Curtis currently leads the Wildcats with 32 points (15g, 17a), followed by sophomores Amy Boucher with 25 points (12g, 13a) and Amy Schlagel with 20 (8g, 12a). Freshman goaltender Kyra smith has started in 22 games for UNH for over 1274 minutes in net, recording 500 saves for a .893 save percentage and a 2.83 goals against average.
UConn trails New Hampshire in the all-time series 8-34-5. The two met on one occasion earlier this year on UConn’s home ice where the Wildcats pulled out a 2-1 win in early November of 2015. Sophomore Marisa Maccario (Marblehead, Mass.) scored UConn’s only goal to tie the game 1-1 7:44 into the second period, but UNH claimed the victory with another goal late in the middle frame.
The Huskies will host the Hockey East quarterfinals in a best-of-three series beginning Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. where they will face off against either Vermont, Providence or UNH pending this weekend’s results.