Women’s Hockey: UConn prepares to face BU

Sophomore defender Jaime Fox handles the puck in a game vs. Penn State on October 21st. (Tyler Benton/The Daily Campus)

This Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, the UConn women’s hockey team (8-5-3 overall, 3-2-1 Hockey East) will face Boston University in a home-and-home series. This will prove to be a good test for the Huskies as the Terriers are currently 10-5-1 overall and 6-5-1 in Hockey East.

The Terriers are a formidable foe especially with their three talented forwards. The first of their leading scorers is Mary Parker, a graduate student from Milton, Massachusetts. So far this season, Parker has scored 15 goals and tallied eight assists for 23 total points.

Victoria Bach is their other leading scorer with ten goals and 13 assists for 23 points. To round off the list is junior Minnesota transfer Nina Rodgers, who was named the Hockey East Player of the Week on Nov. 28 after amassing six points including a nation best five assists in three BU victories.

Another impressive feat about BU’s team is that Bach and junior Rebecca Leslie were named to Canada’s National Development Team roster for the 2017 Nation’s Cup taking place in Germany. This is the second time the two have been chosen to be on the team as they won gold in last year’s 2016 Nation’s Cup.

When these two teams met last season, UConn lost two out of the three games. The third game was tied in overtime.

UConn is coming off of a 1-1 tie to Yale and a 3-2 loss to Quinnipiac in the 2016 Nutmeg Classic. In the tie to Yale, junior forward Justine Fredette scored the lone goal in the third. The loss to Quinnipiac came behind two goals from junior defenseman Leah Lum. She scored one goal in the first period and another in the second.

The Huskies’ best chance to beat BU will most likely come from Lum and junior forward Theresa Knutson. Both players have 16 total points this season. with Lum leading in goals scored with 10.

The puck drop for the first game will be at 7 p.m. at Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs on Friday. The second game begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Walter Brown Arena in Boston, Massachusetts.


Mariana Dominguez is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at mariana.dominguez@uconn.edu.