Feb. 12, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 9/9 University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team travels to Maine for a pair of Hockey East contests this weekend. Currently in fifth place in the conference standings, the Huskies look to improve their place with just four regular-season games remaining.
Following an overall tie and conference loss to Boston University on Feb. 6 in a seven-round shootout, UConn was unable to match the offensive output of the Terriers and lost the final game (Feb. 7) of the regular-season series 3-1. It was the first time that Connecticut has gone without a win in two consecutive games since November.
The Huskies (18-9-3, 10-6-1) will look to their leading goal scorer Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont./Montreal Axion NWHL) to help right the ship going forward. Thibault leads the team with 37 points this season and matched her own career-best mark in goals (24) with four regular-season games remaining. She needs just two more goals to match the UConn program record for goals in a single-season set by current assistant coach Jaclyn Hawkins in 2004-05.
Together with Michelle Binning (Oshawa, Ont./Toronto Jr. Aeros Inter. AA) the duo account for 53 percent of Huskies' power-play goals. Binning and Thibault are third in the nation, scoring nine each this season. UConn continues to post the best power-play percentage in the conference (21.2).
UConn has not lost to Maine (5-21-3, 3-13-1) in Orono since a shutout loss (3-0) on Oct. 7, 2005. Winning each of the last seven meetings, the Huskies have a 12-10-2 edge in the all-time series. The Black Bears lost a pair of games to Boston College on the road last weekend. Maine's Genevieve Turgeon stopped 27 shots in the first game before the Eagles scored twice in the third period to win it 2-0. Boston College took the final game by a 6-2 margin.
Friday and Saturday's games are both scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Alfond Arena. Fans will be able to follow each contest via GameTracker on UConnHuskies.com.
There are just six days remaining for fans to vote for Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont./Ottawa Inter. AA) to win a spot in the 2009 Frozen Four Skills Challenge in Washington, D.C. Please visit the Frozen Four Skills Challenge website to support Wilson on the Womens East team.