The UConn women’s hockey team is back in action this weekend for the semifinals of the women’s Hockey East championship tournament where they will face off against No. 1 Boston College.
After soaring to a sweep of the University of Maine last weekend in the quarterfinals, the Huskies stand as the lone under-four seed to advance to the semifinals.
“We knew we had to play our game,” head coach Chris MacKenzie said. “We were able to do that the first night effectively, and the second night at times we were frustrated. We weren’t playing as well as we wanted to but we stuck with it and stayed disciplined.”
This is exactly what the Huskies will need to do against the Eagles this weekend, which have given UConn its fair share of trouble in the regular season.
The Eagles averaged six goals in this regular season’s series, whereas UConn has only managed to score one goal against the No. 1 team in the nation. Boston College boasts one of the strongest offenses in the country and only fell short once all season, a 3-2 loss against Harvard in the Beanpot Championship.
However, UConn is coming off of strong performances from the senior linemates Sarah MacDonnell, Rebecca Fleming and Emily Snodgrass, who led the way in the quarterfinal wins. Junior goalie Elaine Chuli has proven that she is among the top performers in the nation, and is fresh off of earning WHEA’s Goalie of the Month.
Freshman Leah Lum has also shown that she is one of the key contributors to this team by establishing herself as one of the top defensemen and freshman scorers not only in the league, but also nationally.
According to MacKenzie, last weekend’s performances showed the sign of a team that’s maturing and playing its best hockey at this point in the season. The team is currently on a four-game win streak, its longest of the season.
Again the Huskies will play the best of three games on the road, and the puck is set to drop for game one at 1:30 p.m this Saturday.
“We have to play our style,” MacKenzie said. “We have to play physical for 60 minutes, we have to be disciplined and we have to take advantage of the chances we get. We’re going to get chances against BC, we just have to take advantage of them.”