STORRS, Conn. – The No. 4 seeded UConn women’s ice hockey team will host No. 5 New Hampshire in the Hockey East quarterfinal round for a best-of-three series beginning Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. The last time UConn hosted a playoff game was in 2010 when the Huskies were knocked out by Northeastern.
UConn enters into the post season 15-14-5 overall with an 11-10-3 record in Hockey East games. The Huskies secured home ice after sweeping Maine with a 2-1 overtime win on Feb. 12 and a 4-3 victory on Feb. 13.
The Huskies and the Wildcats met less than a week ago after they closed out the 2015-16 regular season this past Saturday and Sunday, where UConn and UNH split the series 1-1.
The Wildcats (11-22-1, 8-16-0 WHEA) secured the No. 5 slot with a 2-1 victory on Saturday after scoring power play goal late in the third, but the Huskies claimed Sunday’s 2-1 decision in overtime with both UConn goals coming from sophomore Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.).
The Huskies are currently led by three sophomores, Knutson at the top with 26 points (17g, 9a) followed by Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) with 24 points (7g, 17a) and Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) with 19 (9g, 10a).
Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) has seen 23 starts and over 1368 minutes in net for the Huskies, recording 823 saves for a .941 save percentage, currently the best season percentage in program history, and a 2.28 goals against average.
UConn trails UNH in the all-time series 9-35-5 after going 1-1 against the Wildcats last weekend. The Huskies and the Wildcats met on three occasions during the 2015-16 regular season and each resulted in a 2-1 decision, two in favor of UNH and one in favor of UConn.
Friday, Feb. 26 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27 – 3 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 28 – 3 p.m. (pending results of games 1&2)