March 3, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - For the third-consecutive season, the University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team has earned its spot in the Women's Hockey East post season tournament. The No 5 seed Huskies head to No. 4 seeded Providence for a 1 p.m. quarterfinal game at Schneider Arena. Tied with identical 12-8-1 conference records, the Friars earned the higher seed by winning two of the three regular season contests against UConn.
This is the second-straight year that the Huskies face the Friars in the first game. Last year, it was the semifinal at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. This year, with an expanded field of six teams, UConn and Providence face-off in the Hockey East's first ever quarterfinal. No. 3 seed Boston University hosts Northeastern in the other quarterfinal game on Saturday. The winners of each will be reseeded and face either No. 1 New Hampshire or No. 2 Boston College in Durham, N.H. March 7-8.
UConn wrapped up the regular season last weekend with a pair of losses to nationally ranked-fifth UNH in a home-and-away series. On Senior Day, the Huskies squandered a two-goal lead, falling 4-3. The following day, a late rally by UConn fell short as the Huskies lost the last regular season game, 4-2.
Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont./Montreal Axion NWHL) continues to lead the team with 38 points this season. She matched her previous season-best effort of 24 goals earlier in the year and also has 14 assists. A trio of juniors round out the UConn scoring leaders with Michelle Binning (Oshawa, Ont./Toronto Jr. Aeros Inter. AA) netting a team-best seven gamewinners this season. Binning has a total of 30 points from 17 goals and 13 assists.
Amy Hollstein (Pembroke, Mass./Lawrence Academy), who had a goal and an assist against UNH, has 30 points. Cristin Allen (Pickering, Ont./Durham Lightning AA) has dished off a team-best 22 assists and has 27 points this year.
Allen leads the team in scoring in Hockey East games with 17 points while Thibault, Binning and Hollstein have all recorded 15 of their points in conference action.
Those making the trip to cheer on the Huskies at Schneider Arena can purchase tickets at the gate for $5.00 (adults) and youth and senior tickets for $2.00. Admission for students from both Connecticut and Providence is free.
Fans unable to make the trip to Providence can follow all of the action on B2 Networks on www.b2tv.com. Those interested require a high speed internet Connecticut and the current version of Microsoft Windows Media Player. Each game is sold on an individual basis for $4.00. In addition, GameTracker will be available on UConnHuskies.com