STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s ice hockey team will travel to Potsdam, N.Y. for a two-game, non-conference series against No. 4 Clarkson on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m.
The Huskies are currently 4-4-2 overall with a 1-4-0 Hockey East showing, coming off a 1-1 weekend against two conference opponents.
UConn came out on top with a 1-0 victory on Saturday against Merrimack. Senior Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, B.C.) netted the game-winning goal late in the first period to earn the Huskies their first Hockey East win of the season. Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) recorded 23 saves for her first shutout of the season.
The team battled against New Hampshire on Sunday, but the Wildcats claimed a 2-1 win in the end. UNH held a 1-0 lead going into the second period, but sophomore Marisa Maccario (Marblehead, Mass.) tied it up eight minutes into the middle frame. UNH answered with a power play goal to take the 2-1 lead, with five minutes on the clock in the second.Sophomore keeper Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) earned the start against the Wildcats and recorded 19 saves.
Berisoff currently leads the team with seven points (5g, 2a) followed by senior Leah Buress with four (1g, 3a) and four Huskies who are tied with three points. Chuli has seen 345 minutes of action in net for the Huskies, recording 237 saves in six games for a .948 save percentage and a 2.26 goals against average. Belanger has earned four starts between the pipes for 245 minutes and has recorded 109 saves for a .916 save percentage and a 2.46 goals against average.
No. 4 Clarkson is currently 11-1-2 and 1-1-2 in ECAC play. The Golden Knights opened their 2015-16 slate with an 11-game unbeaten streak, which included nine straight wins followed by two ties. Clarkson’s two ties came against Harvard and Dartmouth in its first two ECAC match-ups of the season.
The Golden Knights are coming off a 5-1 win over Syracuse Tuesday. Five different Knights tallied goals for Clarkson, who held a 5-0 lead until the last minute of the game. Syracuse scored a power play goal with 30 seconds on the clock, making the final score 5-1.
Junior Cayley Mercer leads the team with 22 points (12g, 10a) followed by senior Olivia Howe with 16 (5g, 11a) and senior Genevieve Bannon with 15 (4g, 11a). Sophomore goaltender Shea Tiley has played 729 minutes in net, recording 239 saves in 12 games for a .945 save percentage and a 1.15 goals against average.
Clarkson leads the all-time series against UConn 2-1-1. The two met in November of last year at last season’s Nutmeg Classic. UConn was up 1-0 going into the third period, but Clarkson tied it up 1-1 to force the game into overtime. The Golden Knights notched the game-winner three minutes into overtime.
The Huskies will return home to the Freitas Ice Forum on Friday, Nov. 20 to take on Vermont at 7 p.m. before traveling to Maine on Sunday, Nov. 22 to face off against the Black Bears at 2 p.m. at Alfond Arena.