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UConn Heads To Providence On Sunday For WHEA Action

Sarah MacDonnell and the Huskies travel to PC on Sunday
Nov. 7, 2014

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STORRS, Conn. --
The UConn women's hockey team (3-5-4, 0-1-1 WHEA) heads back into conference action this weekend with a trip to Providence (0-9-1, 0-2-0 WHEA) on Sunday afternoon. Puck drop between the Huskies and Friars from Schneider Arena is set for 2 p.m.

The Huskies are coming off a 4-2 victory over PC's city-mate Brown on Tuesday night in Storrs. Ten UConn skaters recorded a point in the triumph, as the Huskies jumped out to a 3-0 lead and survived a late surge from the Bears for the victory. Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored her first collegiate goal in the first period, before Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) and Caitlin Hewes (Stillwater, Minn.) tallied in the second period to build a three-goal lead. After the Bears sliced the lead to 3-2, Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) scored her team-high fifth goal of the season to seal the victory for the Huskies. Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) made 25 saves to record her first collegiate victory in goal, improving to 1-1-2 in four starts.

Captain Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) leads the Huskies offensively with a 4-4-8 scoring line, currently tied for seventh in Hockey East in points. Snodgrass is the top goal-scorer with five markers, and has added two assists to total seven points on the season. Knutson and Kelly Harris (Canton, Mich.) each have scored three goals, and Harris is tied with Hewes and her defensive pair-mate Leah Lum (Richmond, British Columbia) with five points. Hewes, MacDonnell and Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) each pace the squad with four assists.

In goal, Belanger has recorded a 1.68 GAA and a .941 save percentage in her four starts, while Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) holds a 2.95 GAA and a .915 save percentage in eight starts.

Connecticut is 12-30-4 all-time against Providence, but won two of three against the Friars last season. In a 5-4 win over PC on Nov. 10 in Storrs, Fleming recorded a career-high three points and was one of five goal-scorers for UConn. Rachel Farrel (Chesire, Conn.) and MacDonnell each also produced multi-point outings, with a goal and an assist apiece. In a 3-1 victory on Jan. 25 at Freitas, three Huskies scored and Chuli stopped 36-of-37 to produce the win. Providence responded with a 1-0 victory at Schneider the next night, despite 30 more saves from Chuli.

Providence is 0-9-1 on the year, most recently dropping both ends of a home-and-home series against now-No. 1 Boston College. Haley Frade leads the PC skaters with a 2-3-5 scoring line, and Cassidy Carels is second on the squad with a 1-3-4 ledger. Three goalies have seen action for the Friars this season, with Allie Morse making seven starts and a holding a 3.96 GAA and an .869 save percentage.

Following the contest with Providence, UConn will play a home-and-home conference series with No. 6 Boston University next weekend. The Terriers visit Storrs on Nov. 15 at 3 p.m., before the Huskies travel to Boston and Walter Brown Arena for a 3 p.m. start on Nov. 16.
The Last Meeting
January 26, 2014
Providence, R.I.
UConn Stopped by Providence, 1-0, On Sunday
The UConn women's hockey team (7-17-2, 4-8-1 WHEA) got 30 saves from Elaine Chuli, but were unable to overcome a second period goal and fell, 1-0, to Providence on Sunday afternoon