NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The UConn women’s ice hockey team will travel close to home for the Nutmeg Classic at Ingalls Arena in New Haven on Friday, Nov. 27 when the Huskies will face off against No. 5/8 Quinnipiac at 7 p.m. Pending Friday’s results, UConn will play either Yale or Merrimack on Saturday.
The Huskies moved to 6-6-2 and 3-4-0 in Hockey East play after raking in two conference wins last weekend, defeating Vermont, 3-2, on Friday and Maine, 2-0, on Sunday. Sophomore Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) had herself a three-point weekend, recording two assists in Friday’s game against Vermont and added another helper in Sunday’s game at Maine.
Senior Leah Buress (Windsor, Ont.) notched her second goal of the season against Maine on Sunday, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the first period. Freshman Kayla Mee (Winnipeg, Manitoba) earned her first career goal with UConn in the third period against the Black Bears to seal it 2-0.
Lum is currently tied for first on the team with Senior Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, B.C.) and freshman Jordy Zacharias (Winnipeg, Manitoba) who all have eight points, followed by Fredette with six and Buress with five.
Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli has faced over 522 minutes between the pipes, recording 370 saves for a .951 save percentage and a 2.18 goals against average. Sophomore keeper Annie Belanger has started in five games for UConn seeing over 304 minutes in net. She has made 127 stops for a .914 save percentage and and a 2.37 goals against average.
Quinnipiac is currently 9-1-3 overall in its 2015-16 schedule with a 6-1-2 ECAC record. The Bobcats are currently riding a three-game winning streak and a six-game unbeaten streak. Quinnipiac’s last three wins were all on the road, including a 4-2 victory against Princeton and, most recently, two shutouts against Clarkson (3-0) and St. Lawrence (5-0).
In the team’s 3-0 win against No. 4/5 Clarkson, Taylar Cianfarano racked up a hat trick, scoring all three goals for the Bobcats. In its most recent victory against St. Lawrence, Randi Marcon and Cianfarano both recorded two goals for the Bobcats.
Yale has lost four of its last five matches to drop to 1-6-1 overall and 1-3-1 in ECAC play. The Bulldogs’ only win this season came against No. 5 Quinnipiac on October 31, 2015. Yale trailed the ranked Quinnipiac 3-2 with five minutes left in third, but Janelle Ferrara scored two late goals to lift the Bulldogs past the Bobcats with a 4-3 final score.
Most recently, Yale was swept by No. 3 Minnesota in a two-game series on the road. Yale gave up six goals in the first game, which ended with a 6-3 decision. The Bulldogs held the Golden Gophers to four goals in game two, but could only put one goal past them to end with a 4-1 deficit.
Eden Murray stands atop the Yale leader board with eight points (4g, 4a) followed by Mallory Souliotis with seven points (1g, 6a) and Phoebe Staenz with six (3g, 3a). Goaltender Hanna Mandl has made all eight starts for the Bulldogs, recording 197 saves for a .857 save percentage and a 4.29 goals against average.
Merrimack is currently on a six-game losing streak, making the Warriors 2-12 overall and 1-7 in their inaugural season in Hockey East. Three of those losses came against ranked conference foe Northeastern, two against ranked BU and one against UConn on Nov. 7, where the Huskies pulled out the 1-0 win.
After suffering a 5-1 loss to the Terriers in game one, Merrimack, quickly fell behind, 4-0, in the first period of game two. The Warriors were able to score two against the Terriers, but could only close the gap to 4-2.
Paige Voight currently leads the Warriors with 11 points (5g, 6a) followed by three players who are tied with six points.
NUTMEG CLASSIC: DAY TWO
Yale and Merrimack will face off at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, before the UConn vs. Quinnipiac game. The winners of those two games will play each other on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. The two teams that do not win will play in a consolation game prior to that game at 4 p.m.