March 1, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team visits top-seeded Boston University at Walter Brown Arena in the Hockey East quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon. Face-off is set for 3:00 pm.
The Terriers clinched the regular season championship with a 4-2 win at the Freitas Ice Forum on Sunday afternoon. BU grabbed an early lead on a goal by Louise Warren, but the Huskies battled back to tie the game on freshman Brittany Berisoff's seventh of the season. The Terriers scored the next three goals before sophomore Kayla Campero was able to light the lamp in the final minute of play. Freshman goaltender Elaine Chuli made 40 saves in the loss, giving her 83 total on the weekend.
UConn finished the regular season 3-28-3 overall and 1-19-1 in the conference, while Boston went 23-5-3 and 18-2-1. The Huskies have played five straight games against top-10 teams in the country, eight game against the top-10 since January 8 and 10 games overall.
The Terriers swept the three-game season series with Connecticut by a combined score of 15-9. UConn trails the all-time series 8-13-3 and 5-6-1 on the road. The have met in the playoffs once, a 2-1 overtime win for BU in 2010.
All-time, the Huskies are 3-6 in the Hockey East Tournament and have appeared in the title game in 2005 and 2010.
Connecticut enters the quarterfinals led in points by Campero with 18 on nine goals and nine assists. Freshman Michela Cava is the team's leading goal scorer with 10 to go with seven helpers for 17 total points. She is tied for second on the team in points with sophomore Sarah MacDonnell, who has five goals and a team-high 12 assists.
Between the pipes, Chuli has started 26 games as a rookie and owns a 3.90 goals against average and .894 save percentage.
Hockey East Tournament History
|2005||Semifinals||vs. #2 New Hampshire||Win||5-4 (ot)|
|Finals||vs. #1 Providence||Loss||3-1|
|2006||Semifinals||vs. #1 New Hampshire||Loss||2-0|
|2007||Semifinals||vs. #3 Providence||Loss||5-1|
|2009||Quarterfinals||vs. #4 Providence||Loss||3-0|
|2010||Quarterfinals||vs. #5 Northeastern||Win||4-1|
|Semifinals||vs. #1 Providence||Win||3-2|
|Finals||vs. #3 Boston University||Loss||2-1 (ot)|
|2011||Quarterfinals||vs. #5 Northeastern||Loss||4-0|