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STORRS, Conn. – Coming off a runner-up finish in the Nutmeg Classic, the UConn women’s ice hockey team has three games remaining before winter break – beginning this weekend when it plays a home-and-home against Hockey East rival No. 10 Providence.
The Huskies (4-5-6, 0-4-3 WHEA) concluded the month of November with a 1-2-5 record, including ties in each of their last three games against No. 2 Boston College, Penn State and Quinnipiac.
Friday’s game will be at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum, with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. on Husky Vision. The Friars (9-5-3, 6-1-1 WHEA) host Saturday’s matchup at 7 p.m. at the Schneider Arena.
UConn drew ties against Penn State and Quinnipiac over the weekend – picking up a shootout win against the Nittany Lions on Friday in the Nutmeg Classic semifinal and shootout loss to the Bobcats on Saturday in the championship game.
Freshman Natalie Snodgrass was selected Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week on Monday after her impressive weekend, which included a game-deciding shootout goal against Penn State and a multi-goal effort against Quinnipiac.
Snodgrass leads the Huskies in goals (10), points (16) and shots (74), while sophomore Briana Colangelo has a team-high nine assists. Senior goalie Annie Belanger is 3-4-4 in 11 starts between the pipes for UConn.
The Huskies trail in the all-time series with Providence, 16-32-6, but have won three of the last five meetings, dating back to the 2015-16 season.
Ranked No. 10 in the USCHO.com Poll, the Friars are coming off a pair of losses to No. 8 Cornell this past weekend in Providence, R.I. In the last three Hockey East games, Providence is 3-0 with wins over Merrimack and New Hampshire. Maureen Murphy leads the team with 10 goals, while six different players have double-digit points this season. The Friars are in second place in Hockey East (13 points), behind only Boston College (14).
UConn and Providence enter the weekend as the top-two ranked teams in scoring defense in Hockey East, with the Huskies allowing 2.00 goals per game and the Friars surrendering 2.12 tallies per contest. Defensive-minded play will rule on Friday and Saturday.
NO WINNERS OR LOSERS
Each of the four games in the Nutmeg Classic in Storrs ended in ties – with three of the contests going to a shootout to determine the advancing team. All games could not be decided after a five-minute overtime, and therefore by regular-season rules, each matchup officially ended in a tie – regardless of shootout results.
The Huskies have two home games remaining before a three-week winter break – Dec. 1 against No. 10 Providence and Dec. 8 against New Hampshire. Following the game against the Wildcats, UConn does not play at home until Jan. 6 vs. Brown.