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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- The UConn women's hockey team (0-2-1) begins a six-game road swing through New York state this weekend with two games in Schenectady, N.Y. against the Union Dutchwomen (0-2-0). The Huskies and Dutchwomen are both in search of their first respective wins of the young 2014-15 season.
UConn has been led in the young season by captain Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick), who has a 2-1-3 scoring line, and freshman Leah Lum (Richmond, British Columbia), who has notched a 1-2-3 ledger from the blue line. Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) has continued her exceptional work in goal for the Huskies and holds a .930 save percentage, good for second in Hockey East.
The Series: Union
The Huskies and Dutchwomen take the ice for sixth and seventh times this weekend, with the all-time series split evenly at 2-2-1. UConn and Union have played one game in each of the last five seasons, including season-opening contests the last two years. Last September in Storrs, Union took away a 3-2 victory despite two goals from Rachel Farrel (Cheshire, Conn.) for the Huskies. Connecticut won the first two games of the all-time set, and after a draw in 2011-12 Union has won the last two, each by a score of 3-2.
A Look at the Dutchwomen
Union hosts UConn with an 0-2-0 record on the season, dropping a pair of tight contests at RIT to open 2014-15 last weekend. The Tigers won game one on Oct. 3 by a score of 2-1, then blanked the Dutchwomen 2-0 the next day. Jamie Smith scored the lone goal for Union on the weekend, with assists from Jessica Kaminsky and Christine Valente. In goal, Shenae Lundberg played both contests and was terrific, recording 66 saves to compiled a 1.53 GAA and a .957 save percentage. Valente is Union's top returning scorer from a season ago, recording a 5-14-19 scoring line in 2013-14. Kathryn Tomaselli is Union's top returning goal scorer after lighting the lamp i11 times last year, while Kaminsky scored six goals a year ago. Lundberg started 32 games in goal for Union last season and recorded a 2.73 GAA with a .908 save percentage as the Dutchwomen went 9-24-1 on the year.
Last Time Out
UConn played its first road contest of 2014-15 last Friday at No. 10 Quinnipiac, falling 3-0 to the Bobcats at High Point Solutions Arena in Hamden. Chuli kept the Huskies close by making 33 saves, but QU held a 36-9 advantage in shots on goal and dominated possession throughout the contest. Caitlin Hewes (Stillwater, Minn.), Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) and Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) each fired two shots on target for the Huskies in the setback.
Following the set at Union, UConn continues a seven-game road stretch with games at Colgate on Oct. 18 and at Syracuse on Oct. 19.