Feb. 20, 2014
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STORRS, Conn. -- Looking to clinch the fifth spot in the Hockey East standings, UConn closes its 2013-14 regular season with two against Maine on Friday and Saturday. The two contests will be the final pair at Freitas Ice Forum this season. Seniors Erin Burns, Sarah Moses, Kiana Nauheim and Stephanie Raithby will be honored for Senior Day prior to Saturday’s contest. UConn can secure the fifth spot without any outside help via two wins or a win and a draw against Maine.
The Series: Maine
The Huskies and Black Bears have skated 39 times in the past in a series dating back to the 2001-02 season. UConn holds a 21-12-6 advantage in the all-time series, including a 19-4-4 record in the last 27 meetings. Earlier this season, the two squads drew 4-4 in a game in Orono, Maine. UConn trailed 3-0 late into the third period, before Michela Cava scored her first of two power play goals to pull within two. After Maine jumped back on top 4-1, Erin Burns scored her first goal as a Husky to make it 4-2. With under three minutes to go, Cava scored again on the power play before Kayla Campero netted an extra attacker goal with 45 seconds remaining in regulation. The four-goal third period is the most UConn has scored in one frame this season.
Breaking Down the Black Bears
Maine visits Connecticut with a 5-19-5 record and a 3-13-3 mark in league play, currently sitting in eighth place in the Hockey East standings. The Black Bears have lost their three most recent contests, dropping a 2-1 decision at Vermont before falling 4-1 in back-to-back home contests against No. 6 Boston College. Prior to that, Maine swept New Hampshire on Feb. 1 and 2 for its first conference series win of the year. Audra Richards leads Maine in scoring with 12 goals and 14 points this season, while senior Brianne Kilgour has chipped in a 6-7-13 line. Karissa Kirkup and Kelly McDonald have also added 11 points apiece. Meghann Treacy has started 24 games in goal for the Black Bears, compiling a 3.31 GAA and .901 save percentage.
Last Time Out
UConn dropped a pair of games in Boston at Northeastern, falling 3-0 on Feb. 15 and 5-0 on Feb. 16. In the first game, Elaine Chuli and Sarah Moses combined to make 40 saves, with Chuli stopping 31 in the first two periods-plus. Moses got the start the next night, recording 31 stops in her first start since Jan. 2. The two shutouts marked the first time UConn had been blanked in consecutive outings since Feb. 17 and 19 of last season. With the loss, UConn dropped its season series against Northeastern, 0-3-0, and has now lost 10 in a row against its Husky counterparts. Campero had a team-high six shots on net in the first contest and Emily Snodgrass fired seven on goal in the second match-up.
This weekend will mark the final home games for UConn’s four seniors: Burns, Moses, Nauheim and Raithby. Burns serves as the Husky captain and has posted a goal and an assist in her second year in a UConn uniform after transferring from Niagara by way of Syracuse. Moses has played in 24 games in goal in two seasons with UConn, compiling a 3.78 GAA and .901 save percentage. Nauheim will play in her 136th and 137th games in a UConn uniform this weekend, playing in every contest since she arrived in Storrs four years ago. She has a career scoring line of 2-16-18 and leads all defenseman this season with six points. Raithby has skated in 127 games in her four-year career, tallying 15 goals and 16 assists during her time at UConn.
Following the two contests with Maine, UConn will participate in the 2014 Women's Hockey East Championship Quarterfinals. The Huskies will travel to one of the top-four seeds on either Feb. 28 or March 1, depending on final seeding and opponent.