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UConn Travels To Maine To Close Regular Season

Theresa Knutsons scored vs. Maine earlier this season
Feb. 19, 2015

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ORONO, Maine -- 
The UConn women's hockey team (7-17-8, 3-11-5 WHEA) concludes the regular season schedule this weekend with a trip to take on the Black Bears of Maine (10-16-3, 9-9-1 WHEA). Connecticut is jostling for seeding in the upcoming Hockey East Tournament, as the three teams currently between fifth and seventh in the league standings are a mere three points apart. 

UConn is led this season by its high-scoring top line of seniors Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.), Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) and Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.). MacDonnell is the top scorer for the Huskies with 25 points and a team-high 17 assists, while Snodgrass leads the team with 14 goals and has 21 total points. Campero has recorded an 8-9-17 scoring line this season, and each member of the trio has cracked UConn's top-10 all-time scoring list this season. 

Defensively, Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) is the reigning Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week after a 48-save outing on Feb. 15. The freshman netminder holds a 2.67 GAA and a .926 save percentage, while junior Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) is also among the WHEA leaders with her .915 save mark. Leah Lum (Richmond, British Columbia) has recorded four goals, 12 assists and 16 points from the blue line as a freshman, and Caitilin Hewes (Stillwater, Minn.) has added a 2-9-11 scoring line to round out UConn's top D-pairing. 

The Series: Maine
The Huskies and Black Bears have skated 40 times in the past, with UConn leading the all-time series 21-14-7. Depite UConn's edge overall, Maine is unbeaten in the last six meetings, including a 2-0-1 performance in the three-game set last season. After UConn rallied late to force a 4-4 tie in Orono, Maine swept two games in Storrs to close the regular season. In the first meeting between the two sides this season, the Huskies and Black Bears skated to a 3-3 tie on Oct. 31 in Storrs. Maine took three one-goal leads in the contest, but UConn responded each time in the eventual tie. Theresa Knutson, Campero and Lum scored for Connecticut in the contest and Chuli made 35 saves. MacDonnell is UConn's top scorer among active players against Maine with an 0-6-6 line in 10 games, while Campero has notched a 3-2-5 ledger over that span. 

A Look At The Black Bears
Maine hosts UConn this weekend with a 10-16-3 record and a 9-9-1 mark in Hockey East play. The Black Bears recently clinched home ice in the WHEA Quarterfinals for the first time in program history. Hailey Browne leads Maine offensive with six goals and 10 assists, good for a team-best 16 points. Emilie Brigham has added a 6-9-15 scoring line, and Jennifer More is the top goal-scorer on the club with nine tallies this year. Also topping double figures in the score column are Audra Richards (8-5-13) and Brooke Stacey (4-7-11), who along with Kristin Gilmour lead the team with a pair of game-winning goals apiece. Goaltender Meghann Treacy is one of the top netminders in Hockey East, holding a 2.48 GAA with a .930 save percentage on the year. Treacy is second in the WHEA and 13th nationally in save percentage and has recorded three shutouts this season. 

Last Time Out
UConn closed its home schedule with two against Northeastern last weekend, dropping a 4-3 decision on Feb. 14 before a 2-2 tie on Feb. 15. In the first game of the series, Campero and Kelly Harris scored in the first period to give UConn an early two-goal lead, before NU battled back to tie in the third period. MacDonnell put the Huskies on top midway through the final frame, before NU equalized again before finding a game-winner on the power play in the final minute of regulation. In the second match-up of the weekend, Campero and MacDonnell again lit the lamp and Belanger turned aside 48 shots in a high-octane contest. All four goals in the 2-2 draw came on the power play and the teams combined for a total of 94 shots on goal. Campero and MacDonnell both finished the weekend with 2-2-4 scoring lines in their final home series at Freitas Ice Forum. 

Following the Maine series, UConn will open WHEA Quarterfinal action next weekend with a best-of-three series on Feb. 27, Feb. 28 and if necessary March 1. The top four spots in the WHEA Tournament have been clinched by No. 1 Boston College, No. 6 Boston University, Maine and Northeastern, and depending on this weekend's outcome across the league the Huskies could travel to any of those four opponents for the quarterfinals. UConn is currently tied for sixth and the league standings and by virtue of Providence holding more league wins would slot at seventh in the tournament seeding, meaning a trip to BU. 

The Last Meeting
October 31, 2014
Storrs, Conn. - Freitas Ice Forum
UConn Skates To 3-3 Tie With Maine In WHEA Opener
Three skaters lit the lamp and Elaine Chuli made 35 saves for the UConn women's hockey team in a 3-3 tie against Maine on Friday night at Freitas Ice Forum. The draw moves UConn to 2-4-4 on the year and 0-0-1 in Hockey East play, while Maine goes to 3-5-2 and 2-1-1 in league action.