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STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn women's hockey team (3-5-5, 0-1-2 WHEA) cotinues early-season Hockey East play when it takes No. 6 Boston University (6-3-1, 3-2-0 WHEA) for a home-and-home series this weekend. The two contests with the Terriers will mark the fourth and fifth games this year for the Huskies against a ranked opponent, with several others in the pipeline as well. UConn and BU will play at Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs on Saturday, before heading to Boston for a match-up at Walter Brown Arena on Sunday. Both contests are set for 3 p.m. puck drops.
The Huskies have been led offensively early in the season by senior captain Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamis, New Brunswick) and classmate Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.). MacDonnell leads the squad in points (9) and assists (5), while Snodgrass is the top goal-scorer with six tallies and is second behind MacDonnell with eight points. UConn's top defense pairing of freshman Leah Lum (Richmond, British Columbia) and redshirt-junior Caitlin Hewes (Stillwater, Minn.) has been solid, notching six and five points on the year, respectively. Freshman Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) has scored four goals, tied for second on the squad.
The Series: Boston University
The Huskies and Terriers have skated 28 times in the past, with BU holding a 17-8-3 all-time record after sweeping the three-game set last season. UConn’s last victory over Boston University came in the 2009-10 season, a 2-0 victory on Jan. 29, 2010 at Walter Brown Arena. After a 6-2 BU victory on Nov. 6, 2013 in Boston last season, the Terriers won 2-1 and 5-2 in a home-and-home series on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2014. Among current Huskies to tally in the series, Rachel Farrel netted two goals and Sarah MacDonnell recorded a goal and two assists in the three match-ups. The series began when BU made the Division-1 jump for the 2005-06 season and the squads have been conference rivals ever since.
Tracking The Terriers
Boston University comes into the weekend with a 6-3-1 record (3-2-0 WHEA) and a No. 6 national ranking in both major polls. After tying Yale in their lone contest over the weekend, BU took on crosstown rival Northeastern on Tuesday night, a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the red and black Huskies. Sarah Lefort leads the BU offense with 14 points, coming off a team-high seven goals along with seven assists. Four other Terriers have recorded nine points on the year, including Rebecca Russo (6-3-9), who is second on the team in goal, and Shannon Doyle (1-8-9), who leads the squad in assists. Rebecca Leslie has also secured nine points via a 4-5-9 scoring line and leads all Terriers with a +10 rating. In goal, Victoria Hanson (3-1-0, 2.12 GAA, .906 SV%) has made four starts while Erin O’Neil (3-2-1, 2.89 GAA, .903 SV%) has gotten the nod between the pipe on six occasions. Brian Durocher has led the Terrier program since its inception and has reached the NCAA Tournament each of the last five seasons.
Last Time Out
UConn picked up a 4-4 tie on Nov. 9 at Providence, erasing a 3-1 lead for the comeback result. Theresa Knutson scored the game’s first goal to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead after the first period, before the Friars scored three in the second frame to go up two goals. Emily Snodgrass got the Huskies back within one with a short-handed goal 16 seconds into the third period, before Margaret Zimmer tied the contest two minutes later. Leah Lum scored her third goal of the year five-and-half minutes into the final stanza to put the Huskies on top, before Providence found a late equalizer to force overtime and the eventual draw. Freshman defenseman Cydnee Cook recorded two asssists for UConn in the contest, the first points of her career.
After the BU series, the Huskies square off win another top conference rival from Beantown, playing a home-and-home next weekend with No. 1 Boston College.