BOSTON - The UConn women's ice hockey team dropped a 5-1 decision against Northeastern Tuesday in the battle of the Huskies on the road at Matthews Arena. Sophomore goaltender Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) recorded an impressive 36 saves for UConn.
UConn drops to 7-9-3 overall and 3-6-1 in the conference while Northeastern improves to 15-4-1 overall and 10-2 in Hockey East play.
Despite outshooting Northeastern 12-7 in the first period, UConn trailed 2-0 heading into the first intermission.
Junior Kelly Harris (Canton, Mich.) scored her first goal of the season to kick off the second period and cut Northeastern's lead in half 2-1. Sophomores Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) tallied points in their fourth straight game by taking credit on the assists.
UConn held Northeastern to a 2-1 score for the majority of the second period with Belanger turning away 16 shots in the middle frame alone. It looked like the score would be 2-1 heading into the second break, but Northeastern snuck one in with just six seconds left on the clock to make it 3-1.
Northeastern topped it off with two goals in the third, one just a minute after the period started and another halfway through. Although UConn outshot Northeastern in the first period, Northeastern outshot UConn overall 41-19 and held UConn to only seven shots in the last two periods.
The Huskies will hit the ice again on Saturday, Jan. 9 for a home-and-home with Merrimack. Saturday's game will be away at Lawler Rink at 2 p.m. before the Huskies return home on Sunday to host the Warriors at 2 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.
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