NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The No. 4 seeded UConn women’s ice hockey team will compete against No. 1 seeded Boston College in the Hockey East semifinals Saturday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Lawler Rink on the Merrimack campus. This marks UConn’s seventh overall and second straight appearance in the conference semifinals after they faced the Eagles in the WHEA semifinals last season in 2015.
The Huskies advanced to the semifinals after defeating New Hampshire in a two-game sweep in the quarterfinals. UConn claimed game-one with a 3-2 decision on Friday with two goals from senior Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, B.C.) and three points from senior Leah Buress (Windsor, Ont.).
UConn swept UNH in an exciting 4-3 victory in triple overtime on Saturday. Buress was responsible for both the game-tying goal with 41 seconds left in the third and the game-winner in the third overtime period in over 100 minutes of play.
Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) shattered the program’s single-game saves record, making 69 saves in over 102 minutes in net on Saturday. The previous record was 59, which Chuli recorded earlier this season against Boston College on Oct. 30. She currently totals 936 saves this season for a .943 save percentage and a 2.23 goals against average.
The Huskies are currently led by three sophomores, Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) at the top with 27 points (18g, 9a), followed by Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) with 25 points (7g, 18a) and Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) with 23 (10g, 13a).
Boston College is currently undefeated, 36-0, this season with a perfect 24-0 slate in Hockey East games and is looking to advance to its third straight Hockey East Championship game. The Eagles advanced to the semifinals after sweeping Maine in the quarterfinals. The Eagles put up five goals in both games, winning 5-2 on Friday and 5-1 on Saturday.
The Eagles are currently led by Alex Carpenter with 77 points (38g, 39a), followed by Haley Skarupa with 68 (30g, 38a) and Dana Trivigno with 47 (17g, 30a). Carpenter and Skarupa are currently ranked No. 2 and 3 nationally in points and are No. 1 and 2 in assists.
BC goaltender, WHEA Goaltending Champion this season, Katie Burt has seen over 1799 minutes in net for the Eagles, recording 587 saves and currently leads the conference in save percentage (.944) and goals against average (1.17).
Boston College leads the all-time series against UConn 27-14-7. The Huskies were 0-3 against the Eagles this season, losing back-to-back 4-0 decisions in a home-and-home series back in October.
Most recently, the two met at the beginning of last month, where the Huskies scored four goals to keep the Eagles to within one in a 5-4 decision on Feb. 6, 2016.
That game marked only the third time all season that BC had trailed an opponent during a game after UConn took a 2-1 lead early in the second period.
The winner of Saturday’s game will play the winner of BU vs. Northeastern in the WHEA Championship game on Sunday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m. which will be streamed live on the American Sports Network and locally shown on NESN on a tape delay.
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