UConn is 3-1 with senior captain Erin Burns in the lineup this season
Oct. 31, 2013
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STORRS, Conn. -- Coming off a sweep of RPI in its two most recent contests, the UConn women's hockey team (3-4, 0-0-0 WHEA) begins Hockey East conference play this weekend when it hosts Vermont (2-4-1, 0-0-0 WHEA) at Freitas Ice Forum on Friday at 2 p.m. before a trip to Maine (0-5-1-, 0-1-1 WHEA) and Alfond Arena on Sunday at the same time.
The Series: Vermont
The Huskies and Catamounts have taken to the ice 24 times in the past, with UConn leading the all-time series 18-4-2. However, last year Vermont swept three meetings with Connecticut. Prior to that, UConn had compiled winning streaks of five and 13 over UVM in a series dating back to the 2005-06 season.
The Series: Maine
UConn visits Maine with an all-time record of 21-12-5 against the Black Bears, after the teams each took a win, a loss and a draw in 2012-13. Since March of 2005, UConn is 19-4-5 in the series, including a 15-game unbeaten streak from Oct. 21, 2006 to Jan. 22, 2011.
The Catamounts come to Storrs with a 2-4-1 record on the season, dropping two games at Robert Morris last weekend by scores of 4-3 and 6-4. Prior to that, UVM won back-to-back games at RIT and RPI. The Catamounts are led by Amanda Pelkey, who is among Hockey East’s top scorers with a 6-5-11 line. Brittany Zuback has three goals and a league-high six assists to total nine points, while Dayna Colang has posted seven points via four goals and three assists from the blue line. Roxanne Douville and Madison Litchfield have split time between the pipes, each accumulating an .857 save percentage, while Douville has a 3.32 GAA and Litchfield a 3.97.
Mapping Out Maine
The Black Bears have struggled out of the gate in 2013-14, owning an 0-5-1 record in the early going. Maine has already played a pair of Hockey East games, falling at BC to open the year before tying New Hampshire the next week. Most recently, they dropped two contests at No. 8 Mercyhurst, 2-1 and 5-0. Karissa Kirkup leads the squad with two goals, while Jennifer More and Emilie Brigham have each posted 1-1-2 lines. Meghann Tracey has started all six games in net for the Black Bears, compiling a .912 save percentage and a 4.02 GAA.
Last Time Out
UConn hosted RPI twice last weekend, sweeping the Engineers with a pair of big wins. The Huskies took a 3-2 overtime victory on Oct. 25, before winning 5-2 on Oct. 26. In the overtime game, UConn battled back from an early 2-0 deficit, forcing overtime thanks to a power play goal from Jessica Stott (Niverville, Manitoba) and a shorthanded tally from Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minnesota). With 1:16 remaining in the extra frame, Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.) scored her second game-winning goal in overtime of the year, banging home a shot off a Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) assist to give UConn the win. Sarah Moses (New Hamburg, Ontario) made 38 saves for Connecticut in the victory, including stopping the last 33 shots she faced. On Oct. 26, UConn received five goals from five players in a dominant performance that saw nine skaters register a point. Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) made 22 saves in goal, and Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, British Columbia), Michela Cava (Thunder Bay, Ontario) and Snodgrass each turned in multi-point efforts. It was UConn’s first sweep since Jan. 21 and 22, 2011, which was also the last time the Huskies won consecutive contests.