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Home-and-Home with No. 2 Boston College

Huskies look for first win in Hockey East play. (PC: Steve Slade)
Nov. 16, 2017


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STORRS, Conn. -- A home-and-home series awaits the UConn women's ice hockey team against No. 2 Boston College this weekend, as both programs look to settle unfinished business from a previous meeting in October.

The Huskies (4-4-3, 0-3-2 WHEA) travel to the Conte Forum for puck drop on Friday at 6 p.m., live on ESPN3, before hosting the Eagles at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Saturday at 3 p.m. -- with the action on Husky Vision.

Following Saturday's game with the Eagles, UConn will have a postgame skate with the players for children in attendance. Check in at the marketing table throughout the game for more information.

UConn continues to look for its first win in Hockey East play this season, coming off a 2-2 tie at Boston University and 4-3 overtime loss to Maine this past weekend.

Over the last month, the Huskies have gone 1-3-2 in six contests -- following a 3-2 start to the 2017-18 campaign. Freshman Natalie Snodgrass leads the team in goals (7) and points (12), with sophomore Briana Colangelo leading in assists (7).

Though UConn's 2.55 goals per game ranks seventh among Hockey East teams, it leads the league in scoring defense, allowing only 1.91 goals per game to opponents. Senior goalie Annie Belanger ranks fifth in Hockey East in save percentage (.928).

In the first matchup between UConn and Boston College on Oct. 20, the Huskies played the nationally-ranked Eagles to a 2-2 tie at the Freitas Ice Forum. Seniors Theresa Knutson and Leah Lum scored for UConn, while Belanger made a season-high 45 saves.

The Huskies trail in the all-time series with BC, 14-28-9. UConn's last win over the Eagles was back on Feb. 8, 2014.

SCOUTING BC

No. 2 Boston College (9-1-1, 4-0-1 WHEA) recently picked up its first loss of the season in 2-1 fashion to St. Lawrence on Nov. 10. The Eagles rebounded with a dominating 6-3 win on Saturday, which was senior goalie Katie Burt's 100th career win between the pipes for BC. The Eagles lead Hockey East in scoring offense (4.27 goals) and power play percentage (13/46, 28.3).

TOP SCORERS

1. Daryl Watts -- 12-19-31
2. Caitrin Lonergan -- 11-15-26
3. Makenna Newkirk -- 6-11-17

FIRST-YEAR IMPACT

Snodgrass accounted for three goals this past weekend, including a pair of tallies against Maine on Sunday -- her second multi-goal game of the season. She has seven goals in the first 11 games, second-most among all freshmen players in Hockey East.

HUSKIES IN HOCKEY EAST

Scoring Offense -- 7th (2.55 per game)

Scoring Defense -- 1st (1.91 goals per game)

Penalty Minutes -- 9th (5.8 minutes per game)

Power Play -- 6th (5/33, 15.2-percent)

Penalty Kill -- T-7th (24/32, 75.0-percent)

NUTMEG CLASSIC

UConn will host the Nutmeg Classic at the Freitas Ice Forum on Nov. 24 and 25, a four-team tournament that includes Yale, Quinnipiac and Penn State. Yale plays Quinnipiac on Friday at 3 p.m. and UConn competes with Penn State at 6 p.m. Losers of those games will play Saturday at 3 p.m., while the winners will play at 6 p.m.


 

 

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