PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The UConn women’s ice hockey team played to its second straight overtime draw Saturday, after tying Providence 1-1 in game-one of the weekend series. Sophomore Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) notched the team’s only goal, her ninth of the season just over five minutes into the game.
The tie brought UConn to a 8-9-5 overall and 4-6-3 in Hockey East while Providence earned its first tie on the season to make the Friars 8-14-1 and 4-8-1 in Hockey East.
Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) posted a 23-save performance after not playing in the team’s last three games.
The Huskies took an early lead after Knutson scored on a breakaway just over five minutes into the first period. UConn killed off the only penalty in the first period, which came in the latter half of the period, to sustain its 1-0 lead going into the break.
Despite being outshot in the second period 8-4, UConn remained on top 1-0 after a scoreless and relatively low-action middle frame.
Providence knotted up the score 1-1 early into the third period after Christina Putigna, who’s leading the Friars in points, put them on the board less than three minutes in. Despite two power play opportunities, UConn could not end the draw and the game was sent into overtime.
Despite an overtime power play chance for Providence, neither team could net one for the win and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
The Huskies will play its third straight home-and-home series of 2016 when they take on Northeastern, beginning Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena in Boston followed by game-two on Saturday, Jan 23 at 3 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.