Sarah MacDonnell leads UConn with eight points in nine games this season
Nov. 6, 2013
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STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn women's hockey team (3-5-1, 0-1-1 WHEA) rolls on in conference play tonight with a midweek trip to Beantown to take on the No. 10 Boston University Terriers (6-1-1, 3-0-0 WHEA). Connecticut is searching for its first win in Hockey East play after going 0-1-1 over the weekend, while BU is a perfect 3-0-0 in league action. Puck drop from Walter Brown Arena is set for 7 p.m.
The Series: Boston University
The Huskies and Terriers have met 25 times dating back to the 2005 -06 season, with BU holding a 14-8-3 edge all-time. UConn went 8-3-3 in the first 14 installments of the series, but BU has won the last 11 contests, including taking home all four meetings in 2012-13. The most recent game between the squads was a Hockey East quarterfinal contest in Boston on March 2, a 5-1 contest won by the Terriers. The Huskies’ last victory over the Terriers came on Jan. 20, 2010, a 2-0 victory at Walter Brown Arena.
Tracking the Terriers
Boston University hosts UConn with a 6-1-1 record on the year, having won four in a row including three staight to open Hockey East play. The Terriers currently sit at 10th in the most recent USCHO.com Poll, and 10th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Poll. BU is led by reigning WHEA Warrior Player of the Week Louise Warren, who has potted seven goals this year along with two assists to total nine points. The Terrier captain is sixth in the league with nine points and second among all skaters with seven goals this season. Sarah Lefort had added five goals and eight points for BU, and the Terriers have seven skaters with at least five points on the year. Between the pipes is stalwart netminder Kerrin Sperry, who has started seven games and played to the tune of a 1.39 GAA and .954 save percentage. Those marks are both tops in Hockey East and are seventh and second nationally, respectively. Sperry has started 101 games in her career, compiling a 70-23-8 record and 12 shutouts. BU was the national runner up last season after winning the Hockey East regular season and tournament titles.
Last Time Out
UConn opened Hockey East play last weekend, hosting Vermont before travelling to Maine. After falling 4-0 at Freitas to the Catamounts, the Huskies drew a 4-4 tie at Maine in dramatic fashion. Facing a 3-0 and 4-1 deficits late in the third period, UConn got a pair of power play goals from Michela Cava (Thunder Bay, Ontario) along with tallies from Erin Burns (Listowel, Ontario) and Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.) to battle back and force a draw. The Huskies found success pulling the goalie twice late, removing Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) with 2:30 to play before Cava’s second goal made it a 4-3 game, then again to allow Campero to tie the contest with 45 seconds remaining in regulation.
Following Wednesday night's game, UConn returns to Freitas Ice Forum to host league rival Providence on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.