The UConn women’s hockey team is set to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders this weekend in a home-and-home series. The first game is at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs on Friday at 6 p.m. while the second game of the series is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The Huskies (9-9-1, 4-7-1 Hockey East) won their second-half opener on Sunday against Dartmouth 4-1, and they are riding a two-game winning streak into the weekend. If they win their third in a row on Friday, it will be their first three-game winning streak since starting the season 3-0.
While the Huskies have won two games in a row, the Crusaders (1-16-2, 1-12 Hockey East) have yet to win two games all season. They last played on Dec. 7, when they lost to Providence 5-1.
These will be the final two meetings between these teams in the regular season. They already played once back in October, and UConn won that game in blowout fashion 7-2.
Holy Cross will look to start the second half of their season with a couple of wins to help bounce back from a historically bad first half. With a decent second half, the Crusaders could move themselves into a playoff position as one of the top eight teams in Hockey East.
Players to look out for in this matchup include UConn’s Natalie Snodgrass, who scored two goals in the win over Dartmouth and earned Women’s Hockey East Player of the week honors, and Holy Cross’s Carlie Magier, who leads the team with five goals and six points.
UConn goaltender Morgan Fisher will play for the first time against Holy Cross this season, as freshman Samantha Carpentier-Yelle got the start last time. Fisher will look to follow up her 27-save performance against Dartmouth that got her Women’s Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Danny Barletta is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.