BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore Briana Colangelo and freshman Natalie Snodgrass each recorded multi-point games on Friday night, but the UConn women’s ice hockey team dropped a scoring carousel to Northeastern at the Matthews Arena, 5-3.
Sophomore goalie Morgan Fisher made a season-high 32 saves for the Huskies (7-11-7, 1-10-4 WHEA), while three different players registered goals in the loss. Colangelo and Snodgrass each had a goal and assist in the second game of the series against Northeastern.
Both teams combined for five goals in a wild third period, including UConn goals from Snodgrass – which tied the game, 2-2 - and sophomore Catherine Crawley – that pulled the Huskies within one goal at 4-3. Each time UConn pulled close, Northeastern kept pulling away.
Northeastern scored two goals in the first nine minutes of the third period, while adding one more insurance tally at 17:04 to fend-off a late rally by the Huskies. Matti Hartman scored two goals for Northeastern in the win, one of three players with multiple points for the home Huskies.
UConn was put in an early hole, when Codie Cross scored just 34 seconds into the first period to give Northeastern a 1-0 lead. Late in the period, a shot from sophomore Emily Reid was redirected by Colangelo into the bottom left corner at 19:30 – tying the game at 1-1.
The home team took a 2-1 lead into the final period after holding a 13-4 shots advantage over UConn in the second period, before the scoring fest took place. Snodgrass’ goal came on a power play at 1:54 in the final period on a breakaway, making it 2-2.
Just 14 seconds later, Hartman scored the second of her two goals to retake the lead for Northeastern at 3-2. Six minutes later, Denisa Krizova added another to make it 4-2 with less than 12 minutes left in regulation.
At 14:33, Crawley collected a rebound off a shot from junior Jaime Fox and pocketed it into the back of the net, giving UConn life and cutting the deficit to 4-3. Fox and Snodgrass tallied assists on the play.
Northeastern’s final score came at 17:04, putting the Huskies down by two goals yet again and eventually forcing an empty net scenario with less than two minutes remaining in the game. The Huskies put two shots on target in the final minutes, but did not score again.
Fox led the team with five shots on target, while Snodgrass – the team’s leader in shots – added three of her own. The teams combined for just five penalties, following last Tuesday’s game at the Matthews Arena when they had just two between them.
Colangelo now has 20 points this season, her second-consecutive 20-point year as a UConn player. Snodgrass is up to a team-high 14 goals and 25 points. Senior Leah Lum also tallied an assist, giving her 50 in her career – tying her for fourth-most in program history.
Next up, UConn hosts its Skating Strides game on Sunday afternoon against Boston University at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. Puck drop is at 2 p.m. and all proceeds from the game will be donated to UConn Health.
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