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STORRS, Conn. – For the first time since Dec. 8, the UConn women’s ice hockey team returns to action when it travels north to play Dartmouth on Sunday – New Year’s Eve – at 3 p.m. at the Thompson Arena. The Huskies are 4-1-3 in non-conference games this season.
The last meeting between UConn (4-7-7) and Dartmouth (3-9-0) came back in 2011, as the Big Green hold a 6-1-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Ivy League Digital Network will provide a live stream of the game.
Head coach Chris MacKenzie’s team looks for a new start in the second half of the season, as the Huskies are riding a two-game losing skid and are 0-4-6 in their last 10 games – dating back to the Nov. 4 matchup against Rensselaer.
Sunday’s contest will be UConn’s final game of the 2017 portion of the schedule, before returning to Hockey East play against Merrimack in North Andover, Mass. on Jan. 5. The Huskies and Warriors are tied for eighth place in the league.
Freshman Natalie Snodgrass has enjoyed a breakout season, recording team-highs in goals (10) and points (18). Sophomore Briana Colangelo has a team-best 10 assists, while second-year goalie Morgan Fisher leads with a 1.62 goals against average and .940 save percentage.
The Huskies rank third in Hockey East in scoring defense, surrendering just 2.17 goals per game, and are averaging a league-low 5.9 penalty minutes per contest. UConn is fifth on the power play (16.3, 8/49), but has not recorded a PP goal since Nov. 18 against Boston College.
Sunday will be the first time in program history that the Huskies have played on New Year’s Eve. In the second half of the season, UConn plays 16 games – eight at home and eight on the road.
The Big Green have lost three consecutive games heading into Sunday, following losses to Princeton, Quinnipiac and Harvard. Dartmouth is 2-5-0 against common opponents with UConn, including 1-2-0 against Hockey East opponents. Tied for last place in the ECAC, Dartmouth is led by senior Hailey Noronha with eight points – but have recorded a league-low 1.58 goals per game.
HUSKIES IN HOCKEY EAST
Scoring Offense – 7th (2.06 goals per game)
Scoring Defense – 3rd (2.17 goals per game)
Penalty Minutes – 9th (5.9 minutes per game)
Power Play – 5th (8/49, 16.3%)
Penalty Kill – 6th (43/53, 81.1%)
The Huskies have just two games remaining in non-conference play (Dartmouth on Dec. 31, Brown on Jan. 6), in addition to their 14 Hockey East matchups. Three games against Merrimack and Northeastern await, as well as one more meeting with No. 8 Providence.
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UConn will celebrate its annual Skating for Strides game on Sunday, Jan. 21 against Boston University, a Hockey East initiative to help support breast cancer awareness. Puck drop at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum is at 2 p.m. More details to follow…
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