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STORRS, Conn. – For the eighth time in program history, and third time under head coach Chris MacKenzie, the UConn women’s ice hockey team will play in the Hockey East semifinals when it takes on top-seeded Boston College on Saturday afternoon at Matthews Arena.
The Huskies (15-13-9), the lowest seed to ever reach the WHEA semifinals after an upset series win over Providence, play the Eagles in the first semifinal at 1:30 p.m. NESNplus will air the action on a tape delay at 10 p.m., but a free live stream will be available during the game on HockeyEastOnline.TV.
Ticket information can be found HERE for Saturday. In the second semifinal, three-seed Maine plays tournament host four-seed Northeastern at 4:30 p.m. The winners of the two games play in the championship on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. – live on NESNplus.
UConn looks to reach its third-ever WHEA championship game, but the quest will not be easy. Boston College (30-3-3) is ranked No. 3 in the USCHO Poll and ran away with the Hockey East regular-season crown, recording 41 points in the league schedule.
It was announced on Wednesday that three UConn players received Hockey East awards, including senior Leah Lum (Sportsmanship Award), sophomore Briana Colangelo (Best Defensive Forward) and freshman Natalie Snodgrass (Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team).
In Sunday’s decisive third game with the Friars, Snodgrass scored a pair of goals in the third period – including the game-winner – to help send the Huskies to their third semifinal appearance in the last four seasons.
Boston College leads the all-time series with UConn, 29-14-10, with the Huskies’ last win coming on Feb. 8, 2014 at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
It's been a special freshman season for @nataliesnod9. Her scoring ability has helped the Huskies reach the @hockey_east semifinals.
🎥 Check out this feature on Natalie! #LeadThePack pic.twitter.com/6z2op1q7I2
— UConn Women's Hockey (@UConnWHOC) March 1, 2018
UPSET IN PROVIDENCE
The seventh-seeded Huskies knocked off two-seeded Providence this past weekend in Schneider Arena, overcoming a 1-0 series deficit with victories on Saturday (3-0) and Sunday (2-1) to advance to the Hockey East semifinals. It is the first time in WHEA history that a seven-seed has advanced to the semifinal round.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Boston College (30-3-3) advances to the WHEA semifinals for the eighth-straight season after a series sweep of eight-seeded Vermont. The Eagles are the top-seed in the Hockey East Tournament and are led by freshman sensation Daryl Watts (41-40-81), who was named the league’s Scoring Champion. BC has won its last five games and is 15-2 in the second half of the season. The Eagles rank first in scoring offense (4.25 goals/game) and scoring defense (1.94 goals/game) in the league.
Seniors Theresa Knutson and Leah Lum climbed into the top-five ranks of program history in their final season at UConn. With 50 career goals, Knutson sits third among all players, while Lum is third in career points (100) and tied for second in career assists (58). Entering the weekend, senior goaltender Annie Belanger ranks first in program history in save percentage (.928) and tied for second in goals against average (2.26).
DEFENSE GETTING IT DONE
Coming off strong performances against No. 10 Providence this past weekend, the Huskies rank second in Hockey East and 10th in the country in scoring defense (1.95 goals/game). UConn has allowed one goal or fewer in 16 of 37 games this season.
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