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STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn women's hockey team (3-7-5, 0-3-2 WHEA) plays its final conference games of 2014 when it takes on No. 1 Boston College (11-0-1, 7-0-0 WHEA) in a home-and-home series this weekend. The top-ranked Eagles mark the fourth ranked opponent the Huskies will skate with this season, with UConn holding an 0-3-1 record against top-10 foes. UConn’s first win against a ranked foe during Chris Mackenzie’s reign as bench boss came against then-No. 7 BC last season.
Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) is UConn's leading scorer with a 4-7-11 line, while Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) has scored a team-high seven goals and totaled nine points. Freshman blueliner Leah Lum (Richmond, British Columbia) has mad an immediate impact from the point, with a 3-4-7 scoring line placing her in the top-10 among WHEA defenseman and rookies. Fellow first-year Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) is also off to a fast start with five goals, second-most of all Hockey East freshmen.
The Series: Boston College
The Huskies and Eagles have met 39 times in the past, with BC holding a slight 18-14-7 advantage in the all-time series. Boston College took the first two meetings last season, before UConn snapped a 10-game BC winning streak in the series with the aforementioned 2-0 victory in Storrs on Feb. 8. UConn got goals from Kayla Campero and Stephanie Raithby in the victory off assists from Emily Snodgrass, Brittany Berisoff and Margaret Zimmer. In goal, Elaine Chuli stood on her head to the tune of a 45-save shutout, later earning WHEA Defensive Player of the Week honors. Overall in the series, UConn is 8-7-6 at home and 6-11-1 in Chestnut Hill.
Eying Up The Eagles
Boston College enters the weekend unbeaten, holding an 11-0-1 record overall and a 7-0-0 record in league action to ascend to No. 1 in the country. The reigning regular-season champion in the WHEA, BC has played in the last four NCAA Tournaments and made three-straight Frozen Four trips from 2011-2013. The Eagles are led offensively by United States Olympian Alex Carpenter, who leads the nation with a 12-14-26 scoring line in only 10 contests. Fellow US International Haley Skarupa is the country’s second-leading scorer with an 8-13-21 line, also skating in 10 of BC’s 12 games. Behind that high-scoring duo, Lexi Bender has scored five goals and dished out 10 assists, while Kate Leary (8-5-13) and Emily Field (3-9-12) are also dangerous scoring threats. Overall, the Eagles have 10 skaters with double-digit points have out-scored opponents by a 67-13 margin on the year. In goal, Katie Burt has played in all 12 contests and holds a 1.15 GAA and a .941 save percentage, both best in Hockey East.
Last Time Out
UConn played a pair of tight games against No. 6 Boston University last weekend, falling by scores of 3-2 and 4-2 in a home-and-home series with the Terriers. In the home contest on Nov. 15, UConn erased a 2-0 deficit with third period goals from Justine Fredette and Rebecca Fleming to tie it up, before a BU goal in the final minute sealed the contest. In the match-up in Boston on Nov. 16, Theresa Knutson scored in the first period to cut into an early BU lead, and Emily Snodgrass tallied in the third period to pull the Huskies close again before the eventual Terrier victory. Annie Belanger started both games in goal for the Huskies and combined to make 56 saves over the two contests. Sarah MacDonnell finished the weekend with assists in both games and is now riding a four-game point streak (0-4-4).
After the series with BC, UConn hosts the 2014 Nutmeg Classic at Freitas Ice Forum. This year's iteration of the tournament features three Connecticut schools and a pair of top-five squads. The Huskies will take on No. 5 Clarkson in opening round action on Friday, Nov. 28 and then either No. 4 Quinnipiac or Yale on Saturday, Nov. 29.