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WHOC Prepares for Pair Against Union

Annie Belanger makes a save at St. Cloud State (PC: Maddie MacFarlane).
Oct. 11, 2017


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STORRS, Conn. –
The UConn women’s ice hockey team, coming off a tight 2-1 loss to Hockey East rival Vermont on Saturday, returns to action this weekend when Union visits for a pair of contests at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.

The Huskies (1-2-0, 0-1-0 WHEA) meet the Dutchwomen (0-3-1, 0-0-0 ECAC) on Friday night at 7 p.m. (ET), with a rematch scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. (ET). Husky Vision will provide a live stream, with Jack Templeton calling play-by-play.

Senior Leah Lum, UConn’s leading goal scorer from a year ago, tallied the only goal for the Huskies against the Catamounts early in the first period. Despite outshooting Vermont, 28-20, UConn couldn’t net an equalizer after two goals in the second period by the Catamounts.

In her first two games of the season, senior Annie Belanger has made 49 saves – including a season-best 31 in the opener at St. Cloud State. Her save percentage of .961 is third-best among Hockey East goalies.

UConn continues its four-game homestand against Union on Friday, a team that the Huskies hold a 5-3-2 edge against in the all-time series. In the 2016-17 opening series, UConn swept the Dutchwomen in Schenectady, N.Y. – winning by 5-1 and 2-1 margins on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, respectively.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT

Union, a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), has lost three of its first four games this season – including a 7-0 loss to Vermont on Tuesday night in Burlington, Vt. The Dutchwomen have a young team, with 11 freshmen on the roster. Arianna Kosakowski is the team’s leading scorer with three goals and four points.

FRESHMEN ADDITIONS

Four different players have scored for the Huskies in the first three games, including freshman Natalie Snodgrass. Five freshmen – Snodgrass, Savannah Bouzide, Morgan Wabick, Taylor Wabick and Carley Olivier – have received playing time for the Huskies, contributing to a senior-driven group of eight players.

NON-CONFERENCE ACTION

The Huskies went 5-5-2 against non-conference opponents in 2016-17 and are coming off a weekend split at St. Cloud State. Following this weekend against Union, UConn plays a pair of Hockey East games (Boston College on Oct. 20, Boston University on Oct. 22) before hosting RPI on Nov. 3 and 4.

SAVE THE DATE

For the first time ever, UConn will be hosting Hockey Night in Storrs on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in the Freitas Ice Forum, featuring both the men’s and women’s hockey teams. Start time for the event will be 7 p.m. (ET). Stay tuned for RSVP details on uconnhuskies.com and @UConnWHOC on Twitter.


 

 

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