STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s ice hockey team (1-1-2, 0-1-0) will hit the road for two games against Penn State (3-3-0) on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. at Pegula Arena in University Park, Pa.
The Huskies are coming off a 1-0-1 weekend series against New York opponents, Syracuse and Colgate. UConn came back to defeat Syracuse 4-3 after being down 2-0 on Saturday, which marked the team’s first win of the season. The game was all tied up 3-3 with less than five minutes to play in the period, but a late goal from sophomore Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) earned the win for the Huskies.
UConn was behind again in Sunday’s match-up with Colgate, trailing the Raiders 3-1 with ten minutes on the clock in the third. Back-to-back goals for the Huskies in the third knotted the score up 3-3, and forced the overtime period.
Senior Leah Buress (Windsor, Ont. closed the gap to 3-2 with a powerplay goal over ten minutes into the third frame, and senior Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, B.C.) finished it off minutes later, tying things up with just over five minutes to play in regulation. The overtime period went without a score and the game ended in a 3-3 draw, the Huskies’ second tie of the season.
Berisoff currently leads the team with four points (3g, 1a) followed by Buress and sophomore Madison Badeau (Courtice, Ont.) who are both tied with three (1g, 2a). Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) and sophomore goaltender Annie Belanger (,Quebec) have split time in net for the Huskies, each recording 125 minutes between the pipes. Chuli has recorded 86 saves for a 2.40 goals against average and a .945 save percentage while Belanger has recorded 59 saves also with a 2.40 goals against average, but a .922 save percentage.
Penn State is currently 3-3 in its 2015 schedule, with no conference games under its belt yet. The Nittany Lions are coming off back-to-back 3-0 victories against Union on Oct. 17 and 18. In both games, Penn State knotched a goal in the first period, and then buried two insurance goals in the second. Neither team scored in the third period in either game.
Five different Nittany Lions scored the six goals Penn State put up against Union. Junior Laura Bowman scored twice, one in each contest. Freshman Kelsey Crow netted her first career goal as a Nittany Lion in Sunday’s match-up along with Senior Jordin Pardoski. Seniors Hannah Hoenshell and Shannon Yoxheimer both recorded goals, in addition to Bowman’s on Saturday.
Bowman, Amy Peterson and Victoria Samuelsson are all tied at the top of the team’s leaderboard with four points. Bowman has four goals, while Peterson and Samuelsson both have four assists. Senior goaltender Celine Whitlinger and sophomore goaltender Hannah Ehresmann have split time in net this season for Penn State, each earning the start in three games. Whitlinger has recorded 90 saves for a 1.24 goals against average and a .957 save percentage and Ehresmann has recorded 83 saves for a 2.69 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.
This will be the first meeting between UConn and Penn State. The outcome of the two-game series will mark the beginning of the all-time series between the Huskies and the Nittany Lions.
Up next, the Huskies will face-off against Boston College in a two-game series, one home and one away, starting on Friday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. at Conte Forum in Chesnut Hill, Mass. and then Saturday Oct, 31 at 2 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum.