Women's hockey looks to start away season strong
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2013 00:10
The UConn women’s hockey team (0-1-0) will travel to Duluth to take on the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs (0-0-0) for a two-game series on Friday and Saturday. The Huskies will have their work cut out for them in their first road trip of the year, as the Bulldogs rank just outside the top 10 in the preseason USA Today women’s college hockey poll.
In the Huskies’ first game of the season, and new head coach Chris MacKenzie’s first game with the team, UConn fell at home to Union College 3-2. Goalkeeper Elaine Chuli kept the Huskies in the game in the first period, saving the first 22 shots that were fired at her before allowing a goal with just eight seconds remaining in the period. Chuli finished with 43 saves in the game and was named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts.
After being outshot 23-6 in the first period, the Huskies were able to rebound and took the same number of shots, 23, over the final two periods as Union. However, their comeback bid came up short as Union goalkeeper Shenae Lundberg registered 27 total saves. Junior Rachel Farrel notched both goals for the Huskies, with juniors Caitlin Hewes, Rebecca Fleming and Kayla Campero all recording assists for UConn. Farrel was named the Co-Player of the Week, giving the Huskies two weekly honors after their first game of the season.
The last time these two teams met, Minnesota Duluth came to Storrs and swept both games by a combined score of 11-5. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.