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HAMILTON, N.Y. -- The UConn women's hockey team (1-3-1) continues a seven-game road trip with its third and fourth straight games in New York, visiting Colgate (1-2-0) on Saturday before a trip to Syracuse (1-1-2) on Sunday. The Huskies split a series with ’Gate in Storrs last season and also split a set with Cuse in Storrs during the 2012-13 season. Puck drop from Colgate on Saturday is set for 2 p.m., while the Syracuse match-up on Sunday is at 4 p.m.
The Huskies have been led in the early portion of 2014-15 by senior captain Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick), who has scored a Hockey East-best three goals and added an assist to total four points. Freshman blueliner Leah Lum (Richmond, British Columbia) is tied for the team-high with four points, coming via a 1-3-4 scoring line. Lum is the top scoring rookie in Hockey East and is second in the league in defensemen scoring. In goal, Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) has compiled a 2.70 GAA and a .925 save percentage, starting four of five contests.
The Series: Colgate
The Huskies and Raiders will skate for the ninth time on Saturday, with the all-time series slightly in Colgate’s favor at 5-4-0. The first meeting came in 2006-07, a 3-1 win for the Huskies. After UConn won the first three installments, ’Gate won the next three before a 3-2 overtime victory for the Huskies in Storrs last season on Oct. 11, 2013. Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.) scored the game-winner in overtime for UConn, deflecting home an Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) bid. MacDonnell and Stephanie Raithby also scored for UConn, while Sarah Moses made 42 saves. Colgate answered the next day with a 1-0 victory behind 37 saves from Susan Allen.
A Look at the Raiders
Colgate hosts UConn with a 1-2-0 record this season after falling in a season opener at Syracuse and splitting a two-game set at Robert Morris. Despite a losing record, ’Gate has actually out-scored its opponents by an 8-7 margin on the year. Miriam Drubel and Megan Sullivan are the top goal-scorers for the Raiders with two goals each, while Nicole Gass leads all skaters with three points, all via assists. Six different skaters have lit the lamp for Colgate through three games, and 11 Raiders have recorded a point. In goal, Ashlynne Rando has made two starts and holds a 2.53 GAA and .919 save percenage, while Brittney Brooks got the nod once and recorded 28 saves on 30 shots for a .933 save percentage.
The Series: Syracuse
The Huskies and Orange meet on the ice for the seventh time on Sunday, with ’Cuse up 4-2-0 in the series that dates back to 2009-10. The most recent match-ups came on Oct. 26 and 27 at Freitas Ice Forum, a 4-2 win for UConn and a 2-0 triumph for Syracuse. In the Husky win, Kelly Horan, Stephanie Raithby, Michela Cava and Rachel Farrel (Cheshire, Conn.) lit the lamp while Moses made 38 saves. UConn’s most recent trip to Tennity Ice Pavilion came on Oct. 28 and 29, 2011, a two-game sweep for the Orange.
A Look at the Orange
UConn visits Syracuse with the Orange holding a 1-1-2 record this season, with three of four games coming against UConn’s WHEA conference-mates. After winning a season opener vs. Colgate, Syracuse was topped at No. 3 Boston College before returning home last weekend to pick up a pair of draws against Northeastern and New Hampshire. Stephanie Grossi leads the Orange attack with a 2-1-3 scoring line, also leading the team in shots (22) and plus/minus (+2). Nicole Renault and Alysha Burriss have each recorded two points with a goal and an assist, highlighting 13 skates who have recorded a point. In goal, Jenn Gilligan has started all four games and holds a 2.87 GAA with a .903 save percentage for the Orange.
Last Time Out
UConn hit the road last weekend for a two-game set at Union, coming away with its first win of the season after a 4-2 victory on Oct. 10. Four different Huskies scored in the win as UConn jumped out to a 4-0 lead and survived a late Dutchwomen rally. Kelly Harris (Canton, Mich.) put UConn ahead with a first period goal, before Snodgrass, Campero and MacDonnell all tallied in a three-goal second. Harris and Snodgrass also added assists for multi-point outings. The next day, Union came away with a 1-0 victory despite Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) stopping 20-of-21 shots in her collegiate debut in goal.
Following the two games at Colgate and Syracuse, UConn is back in upstate New York again on Oct. 25 and 26 for a two-game set at Rensselaer. The Huskies swept the Engineers in two games at Freitas Ice Forum last season.
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