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Huskies Host Maine, Travel To Vermont To Open WHEA Play

Allie Hughes and the Huskies kick off Hockey East play this weekend
Oct. 29, 2014

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STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn women's hockey team (2-4-3, 0-0-0 WHEA) returns home after a seven-game road trip to open Hockey East play this weekend. The Huskies will host Maine (3-5-1, 2-1-0 WHEA) on Friday night at Freitas Ice Forum, then travel to Vermont (5-2-1, 0-0-0 WHEA) for a conference clash with the Catamounts in Burlington, Vt. on Sunday. Friday's puck drop is slated for 7 p.m., while the Sunday match-up is set for 2 p.m.

UConn went 0-1-1 in a two-game set at Rensselear last weekend, closing a seven-game road swing that included the last six games in Upstate New York. After a 4-1 loss on Saturday, the Huskies picked up a 2-2 tie on Sunday, their third draw of the young season. Kelly Harris (Canton, Mich.) scored on the power play in each contest, and Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) added a short-handed goal on Sunday. UConn was plagued by penalties throughout the series, but was able to go 16-for-18 on the penalty kill overall while connecting on 2-of-6 power play chances. Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) and Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) each got a start in goal, making 25 and 30 saves, respectively.

MacDonnell and Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) lead UConn offensively with identical 4-2-6 scoring lines, while Harris has posted a 3-1-4 line to tie freshman Leah Lum (Richmond, British Columbia) for third on the team with four points. The UConn power play is presently the third-most effective in Hockey East, clicking at a 15.3 percent success rate.

UConn’s all-time record in league openers is 6-6-1, with all but the 2001-02 ECAC opener being part of Hockey East play. Connecticut has been a member of the WHEA since since 2002-03. The Huskies fell in their WHEA opener last year, dropping a 4-0 decision to Vermont in Storrs. The last time UConn opened league play against Maine was in 2012-13, a 3-2 overtime victory on Oct. 20, 2012.

The Series: Maine
The Huskies and Black Bears have skated 40 times in the past, with UConn leading the all-time series 21-14-6. Depite UConn’s edge overall, Maine is unbeaten in the last five meetings, including a 2-0-1 performance in the three-game set last season. After UConn rallied late to force a 4-4 tie in Orono on Nov. 3, Maine swept two games in Storrs to close the regular season on Feb. 21 and 22. Sarah MacDonnell is UConn’s top scorer among active players against Maine with an 0-5-5 line in nine games, while Kayla Campero has notched a 2-2-4 ledger over that span.

Breaking Down the Black Bears
Maine visits Storrs with a 3-5-1 record on the year, including a 2-1-0 mark in conference action. The Black Bears most recently split a weekend series with No. 6 Boston University, falling 3-0 on Friday and winning 4-2 on Saturday at Alfond Arena in Orono. Audra Richards, the reigning WHEA Player of the Week, leads Maine with three goals and four points on the year. Jennifore More has also notched four points with a 2-2-4 scoring line, and Brittany Huneke and Morgan Sakundiak are tied for the team-high with three assists. Meghann Treacy is one of the WHEA’s top netminders and has started eight contests, holding a 1.97 GAA and a .943 save percentage. Maine has strugled with a 3.7 percent success rate on the power play, but is among the league leaders with a 92.9 percent penalty kill.

The Series: Vermont
The Huskies and Catamounts have med 27 times in the past, with UConn up 19-6-2 in the all-time series. Vermont has cut into the advantage of late and won five of the last six meetings, including two of three a year ago. After the Catamounts picked up shutout wins on Nov. 1 in Storrs and Jan. 10 in Burlington, Elaine Chuli returned the favor with her first career blanking on Jan. 11, a 2-0 UConn victory. Chuli made 32 saves in the contest, and Rachel Farrel and Michela Cava provided the Husky goals. Campero has scored four goals in her nine career contests against Vermont, and MacDonnell holds a 1-2-3 ledger in the same span.

Calling All Catamounts
Vermont hosts UConn with a 5-2-1 record in 2014-15, most recently winning a pair of 4-0 contests at home against Union. Amanda Pelkey leads the Cats in scoring with a 4-4-8 line, inclduing a pair of game-winning goals. Dayna Colang has scored three goals added four assists to total seven points, while Brittany Zuback has potted four goals with two assists to notch six points. Sarah Campbell and Katherine Pate each hold a +8 plus/minus mark, best on the squad. Madison Litchfield has started all but one game in goal and holds a 4-2-1 record with a 1.71 GAA and a .932 save percentage.

After the two conference games, UConn hosts Brown on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in a non-league tilt. The Huskies and Bears skated to a 1-1 tie in Providence last season.
The Last Meeting
February 22, 2014
Storrs, Conn.
UConn Drops 5-2 Decision To Maine In Regular Season Finale
The UConn women's hockey team held an early lead but Maine scored the final five goals to secure a 5-2 win on Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale at Freitas Ice Forum. The game was UConn's Senior Day, and Erin Burns (Listowel, Ontario), Sarah Moses (New Hamburg, Ontario), Kiana Nauheim (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Stephanie Raithby (London, Ontario) were honored prior to their final contest in Storrs.

The Last Meeting
January 11, 2014
Burlington, Vt.
Chuli's Shutout Lifts UConn Past Vermont, 2-0
The UConn women's hockey team (5-14-2, 2-5-1 WHEA) got goals in the first and second periods and a 32-save shutout performance from Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) to defeat Vermont (9-10-4, 5-4-1 WHEA), 2-0, on Saturday afternoon at Gutterson Fieldhouse.