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WHOC Hosts Vermont in Conference Opener

Annie Belanger making a save against St. Cloud State (PC: Maddie MacFarlane).
Oct. 5, 2017

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STORRS, Conn. – Coming off a weekend split at St. Cloud State, the UConn women’s ice hockey team prepares for its home-opener on Saturday when Hockey East rival Vermont visits the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum for a 2 p.m. (ET) start.

When the Huskies (1-1-0, 0-0-0 WHEA) take on the Catamounts, the game can be followed on Game Tracker, watched on Husky Vision or monitored @UConnWHOC on Twitter. Jack Templeton will have the call on the live stream.

Freshman Natalie Snodgrass wasted no time making her presence felt in the season-opener on Friday, scoring the game-winner just 45 seconds into overtime – giving the Huskies a 1-0 win over SCSU.

On Saturday, the Huskies dropped a 3-2 decision after taking a 2-0 lead into the third period. Senior captain Justine Fredette and freshman Briana Colangelo each tallied goals in the loss for UConn. Senior Leah Lum added a pair of assists.

Senior goalie Annie Belanger made a strong season debut, recording 31 saves on opening night to secure the shutout victory. Sophomore Morgan Fisher made 22 stops on Saturday.

UConn and Vermont were even in 2016-17, going 1-1-1 in head-to-head matchups – including a split weekend in January at Freitas. The Huskies look to win their Hockey East opener for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

UConn has a 25-8-3 all-time series lead against Vermont, dating back to the 2005 season. In the last five times the Huskies have hosted the Catamounts, UConn has won four meetings, including a season-sweep in 2015-16.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT

Vermont (0-1-0, 0-1-0 WHEA) recently lost its league-opening game to Providence, 6-2, on Sunday in Rhode Island. The Catamounts were outshot, 51-13, while goalie Melissa Black made a game-high 45 saves. Val Caldwell and Daria O’Neill each scored for Vermont. In the Hockey East Preseason Poll, Vermont was picked to finish fifth – one spot above the Huskies.

POINT LEADERS

Snodgrass and Lum lead the Huskies in point totals after the first weekend with two apiece – a goal and assist for the freshman and two assists for the senior. Fredette and Colangelo, as well as senior Theresa Knutson, junior Rebecca Lindblad and freshman Taylor Wabick also got on the board with one point.

HOME STRETCH

UConn plays its next four games at home in the Freitas Ice Forum, with matchups against Vermont (Oct. 7), Union (Oct. 13-14) and Boston College (Oct. 20). The Huskies are 14-14-5 (.500) in the last two seasons at home.

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