Dec. 4, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team looks to add another game to its current three-game winning streak on Friday when it faces No. 7/8 Boston College for the third and final time this regular season. The Eagles travel to Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum for the second time this year after most recently shutting out Northeastern on Nov. 30. Face-off between the two Hockey East opponents is set for 7 p.m.
Boston College (9-3-3, 6-2-1) is 1-1-1 in it is last three games, winning it last game played 2-0 against Northeastern. Molly Schaus made 27 saves for her fourth shutout of the season, helping the Eagles to their sixth conference victory this year. In a break from Hockey East action, Boston College tied Princeton, 3-3, on Nov. 28 following a 4-1 conference loss to Boston University on Nov. 22.
The Eagles boast a pair of Hockey East weekly award winners in Kelli Stack and Schaus. Stack collected her second consecutive TPS Player of the Week nod after totaling four points last week. She scored the game-winning goal against Northeastern and assisted all three goals at Princeton. Schaus, was acknowledged by conference for the second-straight week as well, following her shutout performance on Nov. 30.
Stack was acknowledged as the Hockey East's best player in November, earning the monthly accolade for the second time this season.
In the last three games, UConn has scored a combined 12 goals to win three straight games for the first time this season. The Huskies started the week with a Tuesday night shutout against Brown (Nov. 25) thanks in part to 17 saves by Jennie Bellonio (Guilford, Conn./Pomfret School).
Bellonio made 25 saves against No. 10 Wayne State on Nov. 28 en route to a narrow 5-4 victory over the Warriors. Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont./Montreal Axion NWHL) scored twice in the game as the Huskies secured their spot in the Nutmeg Classic championship game against Yale. UConn took its third victory of the week and third of annual tournament with a 3-2 win against the Bulldogs. Michelle Binning (Oshawa, Ont./Toronto Jr. Aeros Inter.) netted her team-best third game winner for UConn.
Last week, Monique Weber (Rogers, Minn./Elk River High), Jennifer Chaisson (Cumberland, Ont./St. Peter Catholic) and Nicole Tritter (Toronto, Ont./Toronto Jr. Aeros Inter. AA) combined for six of the eight goals scored in the Nutmeg Classic. Tritter earned Tournament MVP honors after scoring four points over the two games while Weber pulled in her second Mission Rookie Player of the Week accolade recording four points last week. Weber scored once and had an assist in the Classic. Chaisson scored her first two goals of the season with a single mark against Wayne State and Yale, finishing the Classic with four points.
UConn faces off against Boston College on Youth Hockey Night at Freitas Ice Forum on Friday at 7 p.m.