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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.
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.
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.