Nov. 4, 2011
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STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey team dives back into Hockey East action with its first home-and-home series of the season against No. 9 Northeastern. The UConn Huskies will first visit the NU Huskies for a 7:00 pm game on Friday November 4 before returning home for a 4:00 pm contest on Saturday November 5 at the Freitas Ice Forum.
About the Huskies... Connecticut fell to 1-7-2 overall and enters the weekend with two points and a 1-1 record in Hockey East. Senior defenseman Sami Evelyn leads the Huskies in scoring with six points, including a pair of goals. She is tied for the team lead in assists at four with sophomore Maggie Walsh. Freshman defender Caitlin Hewes ranks second on the team with five total points on two goals and three helpers. Senior Alexandra Garcia and sophomore Nicole Paniccia continue to split time in net by alternating starts. Combined they have over 300 saves for a .904 save percentage and a 3.15 goals against average.
Last Time Out... The Huskies traveled to Syracuse for a weekend series and were swept by scores of 4-0 and 2-1. It was the second weekend sweep of the season for UConn and first to be held with one goal or less since December 2010. Paniccia stopped 30 shots in game one for her third game of 30 or more saves and Garcia turned away 33 in game two, also her third game with 30 plus. In game two, sophomore Stephanie Raithby gave Connecticut a first period lead on an unassisted goal. Garcia totaled 27 saves through the first two periods, but the Orange finally broke through in the third. Syracuse lit the lamp back-to-back, just 25 seconds apart to take a 2-1 come-from-behind win. For the weekend, UConn was 0-9 on the power play, but 8-9 on the penalty kill.
Scouting the Huskies...
Northeastern, ranked ninth in the USCHO.com national poll, is 6-1 on the season and opened Hockey East play with a 3-2 win at Maine
last weekend. The Huskies have played nothing but stand-alone games. This will be their first series of the season. Junior Casey Pickett and freshman Kendall Coyne lead the team in scoring with 10 points apiece. Pickett has netted a team-high five goals, while Coyne has collected a team-leading seven assists. Freshman Lucie Povova is third on the team with eight points on three goals and five assists. Senior goaltender Florence Schelling has started six games and owns a .939 save percentage and 1.50 GAA to go with shutouts over Yale and Colgate.
Last Time vs. Northeastern... Connecticut was ousted from the Hockey East playoffs following a 4-0 opening round home loss to Northeastern on February 26. UConn came out strong, but a solid defensive effort by NU shut down three power plays and Schelling made nine of her 25 saves to keep the game scoreless after one. In net for Connecticut, Garcia held her own in the first, providing 16 of her 29 saves in the first frame. Northeastern broke through early in the second on a power play goal by Alyssa Wohlfeiler. NU put the game away with two more goals before the midway point of the third and added an empty netter with 11 ticks left on the clock.
All-Time vs. NU... UConn holds a 17-8-9 lead in the all-time series against Northeastern. The 17 wins are tied for the second most for Connecticut against any Hockey East opponent and the nine ties are the most against any program in team history. Despite being knocked out by NU in last season’s playoff, UConn posted a 1-1-2 record against Northeastern. Connecticut has also never lost back-to-back games to NU and was unbeaten in eight straight, including seven wins, in the 2006-’07 and 2007-’08 seasons. At home UConn narrowly holds the all-time edge over Northeastern with a 6-5-6 record, while dominating on the road, 11-3-3.
Up Next... Connecticut will be in action for just one game next weekend as it plays host to Providence for a Hockey East showdown at the Freitas Ice Forum for a rare 1:00 pm face-off on Saturday, November 12.
Where They Rank... Paniccia has a pair of top 25 national statistic rankings heading into this weekend. She currently ranks 17th in save percentage at .919 and 24th in GAA at 2.64. Snodgrass is tied for 12th nationally in power play goals per game at 0.20. Evelyn, tied for 30th, and Hewes, tied for 34th, are among the nation’s top scoring defensemen at 0.60 and 0.50 points per game, respectively. Hewes is also tied for 39th among rookies in points per game.
Battle Between the Pipes... Paniccia and Garcia have each started five games so far this season. Paniccia holds a 1-5-0 record, while Garcia is 0-2-2. Paniccia has logged 341 minutes and sports a .919 save percentage on 170 saves and a 2.64 GAA. Garcia has registered a .892 save percentage and 3.65 GAA on 132 saves and 262 minutes in the crease.