Oct. 24, 2013
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STORRS, Conn. -- After a week off, the UConn women's hockey team (1-4-0) is back in action this weekend when it welcomes Rensselaer (1-3-1) out of the ECAC to Freitas Ice Forum to continue a five-game homestand. Both games are slated for 2 p.m. puck drops.
The Series: Rensselaer
The Huskies and Engineers will meet for the 10th and 11th times this weekend, with the visitors from Troy, N.Y. holding a 6-1-2 edge in the all-time series. Last year, UConn and RPI played twice in Troy, skating to a 4-4 tie on Oct. 5 before a 5-3 RPI win on Oct. 6. Current Huskies Brittany Berisoff, Michela Cava, Rachel Farrel, Sarah MacDonnell, Kiana Nauheim and Emily Snodgrass all scored goals in the series, including a pair from Farrel in the draw and a shorthanded tally from Cava in the loss. The last time Rensselaer visited Storrs was during the 2011-12 season, when they opened the year with a draw and a 1-0 victory over Connecticut. UConn’s lone win in the series came on Oct. 31, 2007, a 3-2 overtime win. The Huskies were captained in that game by current assistant coach Jacyln Hawkins.
Examining The Engineers
RPI visits Freitas with a 1-3-1 record on the season. The Engineers have already faced three teams from Hockey East, going 0-2-1 against Boston University, Northeastern and Vermont. The UVM contest was RPI’s most recent game, a 3-1 loss. The lone win this year for RPI came in its season opener at Robert Morris. Taylor Mahoney (2-1-3), Ali Svoboda (1-2-3) and Laura Horwood (0-3-3) are tied for the team lead in scoring with three points apiece. Mahoney and Lauren Wash (2-0-0) lead all RPI players with two goals apiece, while the Engineers have received goals from seven different skaters in their five games this season. Kelly O’Brien has been the lone goaltender to see action for RPI this year, and has compiled a .915 save percentage and a 1.97 GAA in 303:57 minutes. O’Brien also picked up a shutout in the season opener, the sixth blanking of her career.
Last Time Out
UConn played host to Colgate for two games on Oct. 11 and 12, and came away with their first victory of the season in thrilling fashion. In the Oct. 11 game, UConn scored a pair of first period goals to jump ahead before ’Gate battled back to force overtime. With 10.6 seconds remaining in the extra period, Kayla Campero tipped home a Snodgrass shot to give UConn its first win. Colgate answered with a 1-0 win on Oct. 12, despite 25 saves from UConn’s Elaine Chuli and the Huskies holding a 37-26 advantage in shots on goal.