Nov. 12, 2008
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team (6-3-2, 3-1-0) travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass. for a 7 p.m. game against Hockey East foe No. 5/6 Boston College (6-1-2, 3-0-1) on Thursday. The Huskies are 11-7-5 against the Eagles all-time and look to snap a three-game winless streak and hand Boston College its first conference loss.
UConn earned a 5-2 victory over Maine on Nov. 8 propelled by a pair of goals from reigning Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week Cristin Allen (Pickering, Ont./Durham Lightning AA). Allen scored her first and second goals of the season against the Black Bears. Amy Hollstein (Pembroke, Mass./Lawrence Academy) recorded her second game winner of the season on the power play to lift UConn over Maine for good. Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont./Montreal Axion NWHL) and Michelle Binning (Oshawa, Ont./Toronto Jr. Aeros. Inter.) also scored for the Huskies.
The four classmates, all juniors, are the top-four scorers for UConn. Thibault leads with 18 points, including a Hockey East best 11 goals. Hollstein and Binning have each scored eight goals this year. Hollstein is second on the team with 15 points while Binning has recorded 14 points. Allen is fourth with a team-best nine assists, co-leading the Hockey East defensemen in scoring (11).
Thibault co-leads the conference in scoring with Boston College's Kelli Stack. Stack has 18 points in eight games, scoring eight goals and adding a Hockey East best 10 assists. She leads the conference in scoring in league games with nine of her 18 points happening in Hockey East games. She is just ahead of teammate Allie Thunstrom who is second with eight points (2G, 6A). Rookie Danielle Welch leads the conference freshmen with six points in four league games.
Boston College lost its first of the season to then-No. 5 Dartmouth on Nov. 5. The then-No. 4 Eagles were shutout by the Big Green netminder who stopped all 29 Eagle shots. Boston College has yet to lose a Hockey East game, posting wins over New Hampshire (Oct. 8), Providence (Oct. 25), Vermont (Oct. 31) and Northeastern (Nov.1).
Fans can follow the action via GameTracker on or via CBS All-Access. Alex Giner and Brett Gorman will call the action on WHUS 91.7 FM with the live feed available on UConnHuskies.com.