STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s ice hockey team will take on No. 2 Boston College in a two-game series this weekend in its second Hockey East match-up of the 2015 season. The Huskies travel to Chestnut Hill on Friday, Oct. 30 to take on the Eagles at 2 p.m. at the Conte Forum before returning to Storrs to host on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum.
The Huskies are currently 3-1-2 overall, coming off a two-game sweep against Penn State in their very first meetings against the Nittany Lions. UConn held onto a 1-0 lead on Saturday, after sophomore Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) scored her first goal of the season late in the second period.
In Sunday’s outing, UConn trailed Penn State 3-1 in the third period, but battled back to win 4-3 in regulation time. Senior Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, B.C.) struck first, netting her fourth goal of the season to close the gap to 3-2. Senior Caitlin Hewes (Stillwater, Minn.) got the equalizer five minutes later and sophomore Marisa Maccario (Marblehead, Mass.) notched the game-winner will less than ten minutes to play in the game.
Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) and sophomore Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) both played 60 minutes in net for Huskies and each recorded one of the wins against the Nittany Lions. Chuli recorded 28 saves in the team’s 1-0 victory on Saturday for her first shutout of the season. Belanger totaled 31 saves in the 4-3 comeback win on Sunday for her second win of the season.
Berisoff currently leads the team with six points (4g, 2a) followed by senior Leah Buress (Windsor, Ont.) with four points (1g, 3a) and Hewes, who is tied at three points with sophomore Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba).
Chuli and Belanger have split time in net, both seeing 185 minutes between the pipes so far this season. Chuli is currently 1-1-1 in net for the Huskies, tallying 114 saves in just three games for a 1.62 goals against average. Belanger is currently 2-0-1 in net, recording 90 saves for a .918 save percentage and a 2.59 goals against average.
Scouting Boston College
Boston College is currently undefeated 8-0 this season, with two Hockey East wins under its belt. The Eagles have out-scored their opponents 44-11, registering four or more goals in all eight games. The team is coming off its first two road games against Cornell.
Despite the game being tied 1-1 in the beginning of the third, BC scored a powerplay goal and two short-handed goals to claim a 4-1 victory over Cornell on Friday. Both short-handed goals came with less than two minutes on the clock.
In the second game, Boston College racked up a season high eight goals in its 8-0 shutout that swept the Big Red on Saturday. The team recorded a total 24 points (8g, 16a) from 13 different Eagles, including a hat trick from senior Alex Carpenter, who tallied a goal in each frame.
Carpenter currently leads the team with 22 points (14g, 8a) followed by senior Haley Skarupa with 15 (4g, 11a) and freshman Makenna Newkirk with 11 (5g, 6a). Sophomore goaltender Katie Burt has started in seven out of the team’s eight games, recording 158 saves for a .952 save percentage and a 1.14 goals against average with three shutouts.
Boston College leads the all-time series against UConn 23-13-7. The two last faced off in March of 2015 in the Hockey East Semifinals, where the Eagles knocked the Huskies out of the tournament with a 3-1 win. UConn lost to Boston College in all four meeting last season. The last time the Huskies defeated the Eagles was in February of 2014 when UConn shutout BC 2-0 in Storrs.
UConn will host two different conference opponents at the Freitas Ice Forum, including newcomer Merricmack on Saturday, Nov. 7 and New Hampshire on Sunday, Nov. 8. Both games are scheduled for 2 p.m.
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