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Women’s College Hockey Belt Update: Husky Alliance Civil War

A look at the Belt Championship Games of the last month

Michelle Jay

Last month, I brought up the concept of the women’s hockey championship belt. Basically, the belt starts with the first ever recognized national champs, and every game involving the belt-holder is a “Belt Challenge Game.” To win the belt, a team simply has to defeat the Belt holder.

Where has the belt gone since its inception? Well...it was in Storrs-age, then got shipped northeast to another Husky house.

So, let’s take a look at the Belt Championship Games of the last month. As a quick refresher, UConn held the belt, winning it from Providence on Dec. 1.

Dec. 30 - Dartmouth 1 @ UConn 4 - UConn retains belt

Behind a pair of goals from Natalie Snodgrass and 27 saves from Morgan Fisher, the Huskies succeed in their first-ever belt defense.

Jan. 4 - Holy Cross 3 @ UConn 4 - UConn retains belt

Hockey East upstarts Holy Cross, in their first-ever Belt Game, gives UConn a serious scare, but the Huskies hang on at home.

Jan. 5 - UConn 6 @ Holy Cross 3 - UConn retains belt

The Huskies have a much easier time away from Freitas Ice Forum, as a Natalie Snodgrass hat trick pushes them past HC and holds onto the belt.

Jan. 11 - New Hampshire 0 @ UConn 2 - UConn retains belt

In a matchup between the current belt holder and the first-ever belt holder, the Wildcats can’t solve Morgan Fisher, who stops 32 for a belt-protecting shutout.

Jan. 12 - New Hampshire 1 @ UConn 4 - UConn retains belt

Snodgrass seems to have a love for these belt games, with her third multi-goal belt defense game, scoring twice.

Jan. 18 - UConn 2 @ Northeastern 5 - NORTHEASTERN WINS BELT

When these two teams played in the Hockey East championship game last year, it was a belt game. Same result here — a win for the red and black Huskies over the blue and red ones. Alina Müller had three points.

Jan. 19 - Northeastern 4 @ UConn 1 - Northeastern retains belt

Different rink, different state, same result: a three-goal win for Northeastern.

Current Belt Holder: Northeastern

Next opponent: Vermont (Jan 25-26, Matthews Arena, Boston)

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