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STORRS, Conn. – After battling No. 10 Providence this past weekend in a home-and-home series, the UConn women’s ice hockey team plays its final game before winter break on Friday night against New Hampshire at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m., as the Huskies (4-6-7, 0-5-4 WHEA) look for their first win in Hockey East action. UConn is 9-35-5 all-time against the Wildcats, but has won four of the last six meetings.
It will be Ugly Sweater Night at Freitas, as fans in attendance will receive ugly sweater-style holiday t-shirts on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. The UNH game will be UConn’s final home contest until Jan. 6 against Brown.
Six of the last nine games have ended in ties for the Huskies, including last Friday’s game with the nationally-ranked Friars. Sophomore Briana Colangelo and junior Jaime Fox recorded goals in the contest – while Providence cruised to a 4-1 win on Saturday.
Freshman Natalie Snodgrass continues to lead the team in goals (10) and points (18), while Colangelo has a team-high 10 assists. Senior goalie Annie Belanger ranks sixth in Hockey East in goals against average (2.19) and save percentage (.927).
Following Friday’s matchup, UConn’s 10th league game of the season, the Huskies will be off until New Year’s Eve when they travel to play Dartmouth at 3 p.m. in Hanover, N.H.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE
The Wildcats (7-6-5, 5-3-3 WHEA) have lost three of four games heading into Friday, including a split in their recent home-and-home with Northeastern. UNH is tied with Northeastern for third place in Hockey East, having recorded 13 points to date.
Sophomore forward Meghara McManus leads the team in goals (9) and points (15), while freshman goalie Ava Boutilier is 6-6-5 in 17 starts between the pipes. UNH went 2-1 against UConn during the 2016-17 season.
Snodgrass (18 points), Colangelo (15 points) and senior Leah Lum (11 points) are the three Huskies with double-digit points this season, leading the offensive charge. The trio has played on the same line in 11 games this season and has combined for 54-percent of goals and 41-percent of assists for UConn.
UConn’s freshmen players have made an impact in the first half of the 2017-18 campaign, as the combination of Snodgrass, sisters Morgan and Taylor Wabick, Savannah Bouzide and Carley Olivier has produced 13 goals, 19 assists and 32 points – the most production of any class for the Huskies.
Following winter break (Dec. 9-30), UConn has eight home games remaining in the 2018 portion of its schedule – Brown (Jan. 6), Boston University (Jan. 21), Maine (Jan. 26-27), Northeastern (Feb. 2), Providence (Feb. 3), and Merrimack (Feb. 16-17). After Friday’s game, 16 regular-season games are left for the Huskies.