Dec. 31, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team returns to action following a one-month hiatus when it hosts Princeton for a mid-week series at the Freitas Ice Forum. The action begins at 7:00 pm Wednesday and wraps up at the same time the following night.
About the Huskies... After a month-long break, Connecticut looks for a fresh start in 2013. Carrying a 2-14-2 overall record and 1-7 league mark, the Huskies host Princeton for a pair of home, non-conference tilts at the Freitas Ice Forum on Wednesday and Thursday night. Freshman Michela Cava is UConn’s leading scorer with 12 points on six goals and six assists, while senior captain Kelly Horan ranks second with 10, including a team-leading seven assists. In the net, freshman Elaine Chuli has logged the majority of the minutes, totaling 352 saves in 13 starts.
Last Time Out... The Huskies were swept by Vermont at home in back-to-back shutouts to conclude the first semester’s action. The Catamounts left Storrs with victories of 3-0 and 2-0; gaining just their second and third victories over UConn all-time and first since 2007. Chuli totaled 52 saves in the series.
Up Next... Connecticut jumps back into Hockey East play on January 8 when it hosts Boston University at 7:00 pm. From there, the Huskies hit the road for an exhibition contest at McGill (Que.) on January 12.
Sophomore Scorers... UConn’s sophomore class came into this season expecting to be a major factor in the team’s offense and keys to success. After solid rookie campaigns, Rachel Farrel, Sarah MacDonnell and Emily Snodgrass are tied for third on the team with eight total points. Farrell leads her classmates with five goals, while Snodgrass leads with six assists. A year ago, Snodgrass was the team’s leading scorer with 21 (9g,12a) and Kayla Campero ranked third with 14 (7,7). Campero has contributed six points, while Caitlin Hewes has chipped in four.
Scouting the Tigers... Princeton is 4-10-2 overall and comes in at 2-8-2 in the ECAC. The Tigers last skated in a 4-0 road loss to Quinnipiac on December 8. Senior Corey Stearns has collected a team-high 16 assists and leads the team with 18 total points. Classmate Emily Cooke is the leading goal scorer with 10 and is second in points with 13. Freshman Kimberly Newell has started all 16 games between the pipes and holds a .906 save percentage on 492 saves and a 3.26 goals against average.
Last Time They Met... The two squads last met on October 25, 2008; a 4-1 home win for Princeton. Michelle Binning scored for the second consecutive night for her team-best fifth power play goal of the season for the Huskies at Hobey Baker Rink. Princeton scored three unanswered goals to start the game, including a pair of power play scores. Binning’s seventh score of the season came off assists from Dominique Thibault and Jody Sydor. The Tigers hold a 1-6-2 advantage in the all-time series.