November 18, 2013

Women’s Hockey Welcomes UConn for Non-League Tilt on Tuesday (7 p.m.)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A stretch of five consecutive non-league games starts on Tuesday when the Brown women's hockey team (1-6-1, 0-5-1 ECAC) hosts the University of Connecticut (4-6-1, 1-2-1 Hockey East) at Meehan Auditorium at 7 p.m. The Bears look to snap a five-game losing streak while the Huskies will take the ice for the first time in nine days after defeating Providence on Nov. 10.

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LAST TIME OUT

Brown dropped both ends of an ECAC weekend series with a 2-1 loss at Union followed by a 4-1 setback at Rensselaer.

Freshman Erin Conway (Jackson, Mich.) scored a first period goal to put the Bears up 1-0 early, but Union's Maddy Norton knocked in the go-ahead goal with 39 seconds left in regulation to lift the Dutchwomen to a 2-1 victory over Brown on Friday.

Three first-period goals by RPI faced Brown with an early deficit it could not overcome in Saturday's 4-1 loss. The Engineers took advantage of six Brown penalties and potted three man-up goals, two of which came in the first period. Junior Sarah Robson (Mississauga, Ontario) tallied her second goal of the season to cut the deficit to 3-1 in the second, but RPI's Taylor Mahoney closed the period with her second power play marker of the contest to put the game out of reach.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES

UConn broke a three-game winless streak (0-2-1) with a 5-4 win over the Friars of Providence College on Nov. 10, but have not seen live game action in over a week. Sarah MacDonnell will look to pick up where she left off and build upon her team best four goals, seven assists and 11 points. Kayla Campero and Rachel Farrel each have four goals as well, while Elaine Chuli and Sarah Moses have split the goal keeping duties to combine for a 3.65 goals against average and .907 save percentage.

The Huskies hit pay dirt on just 17.4 percent of powerplays but have held opponents to a miniscule .082 man-up conversion percentage. Despite killing off nearly 92 percent of its penalties, UConn has been outscored 41-25 on the season, and the Bears will look to jump ahead early as the Huskies have allowed 17 first-period tallies this year.

SERIES HISTORY

Brown faces UConn for the 10th time in program history on Tuesday evening and looks to even the score after playing to a 3-4-2 record since the first meeting on Feb. 27, 1975. The two sides battled to a 1-1 tie on Jan. 7, 2012, in the only meeting in Head Coach Amy Bourbeau's tenure. The Huskies last won on Oct. 23, 2009, in a lopsided 8-1 decision, while the Bears prevailed 2-1 in overtime on Feb. 7, 2007.

UP NEXT

Brown hosts the University of Vermont in another midweek non-conference contest on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m.