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Nutmeg Classic Begins on Friday

Morgan Fisher makes save against BC on Saturday (PC: Alex Serbetzian).
Nov. 22, 2017


Opponent Nov. 24-25 Freitas Ice Forum Storrs, Conn.
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STORRS, Conn. –
On Friday and Saturday, the UConn women’s ice hockey team will host the 14th annual Nutmeg Classic at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum, featuring Penn State, Quinnipiac and Yale in a Thanksgiving weekend tournament.

The Huskies (4-5-4, 0-4-3 WHEA) will play the Nittany Lions on Friday at 6 p.m., while Quinnipiac and Yale face-off in the early game at 3 p.m. Live streams on Husky Vision will be available for UConn games throughout the weekend.

Saturday’s schedule depends on Friday’s results, with the consolation game at 3 p.m. and the championship game at 6 p.m. Admission is free to all games at Freitas and tournament updates will be provided @UConnWHOC on Twitter.

It is the first time UConn has hosted the Nutmeg Classic since the 2014-15 season, a year in which it finished third. The Huskies have won four Nutmeg titles since the tournament began in 2004-05.

Coming off a challenging home-and-home with No. 2 Boston College, the Huskies look for their first win since Nov. 3 against RPI. UConn has been strong at home this season, boasting a 3-1-3 record at Freitas – with a pair of games coming against the nationally-ranked Eagles.

Freshman Natalie Snodgrass continues to lead the team in goals (8) and points (14), while sophomore Briana Colangelo has a team-high eight assists. Snodgrass trails only BC’s Daryl Watts in freshmen scoring throughout Hockey East.

The Huskies are 3-0-1 all-time against Penn State, including a 0-0 tie and 4-2 victory last October in Storrs. UConn is 9-8-0 against Quinnipiac and 9-4-1 against Yale.

SCOUTING THE TOURNAMENT

Penn State (2-7-6, 0-2-4 CHA) is looking for its first win since Oct. 21 at Merrimack – holding a 0-2-5 record in the last seven games. Natalie Heising leads the team with eight points. The Nittany Lions have struggled to score this season, tallying just 19 goals in 15 games – including a .098 (6-61) conversion rate on power plays.

Quinnipiac (8-7, 4-4 ECAC) started the season ranked in the USCHO Poll, but has since dropped out, despite solid results as of late. The Bobcats have won three of four games heading into the weekend. Melissa Samoskevich and Kenzie Lancaster are tied for a team-high 12 points.

Yale (2-6-2, 1-5-2 ECAC) is riding a two-game losing streak after losses to Colgate and Cornell. Eden Murray is the team’s leading scorer with three goals, while Tera Hofmann has earned a team-high six starts between the pipes. Penalties have hurt the Bulldogs, as their average of 12.7 penalty minutes per game is the most in the ECAC.

NUTMEG CLASSIC HISTORY

Quinnipiac leads all teams with six titles in the Nutmeg Classic, while UConn is shortly behind with four. Yale has one – while Boston College and Merrimack are the two non-Connecticut programs to win, each claiming one title.

2016 RESULTS

First Round:

UConn 1, Yale 1 (OT) – Yale advances in shootout.

Merrimack 1, Quinnipiac 1 (OT) – Merrimack advances in shootout.

Consolation Game:

Quinnipiac 3, UConn 2

Championship Game:

Merrimack 4, Yale 3


 

 

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