BOSTON – The UConn women’s ice hockey team’s 2-1 lead was erased by Northeastern Saturday at Matthews Arena. NU swept the series claiming a 5-3 victory after two last minute goals in the third period.
UConn fell to 11-12-3 overall and 6-9-1 in Hockey East games while Northeastern is now 15-9-3 with an 11-7-2 conference record.
Junior goaltender Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) racked up 33 saves in game-two against the NU Huskies. She finished with 60 combined saves against Northeastern this weekend.
UConn and Northeastern were scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the game. NU took the first lead 13:32 into the first. Belanger made a big initial save, but NU’s Shelby Herrington cleaned up the rebound in front to take a 1-0 lead.
The first penalty of the game was called with just 40 seconds remaining in the first period when Northeastern’s Heather Mottau was sent to the box for tripping.
UConn tied the game up on the power play after freshman Briana Colangelo (Whitby, Ont.) backhanded one in with 6.8 seconds left on the clock in the first. That marks Colangelo’s seventh goal of the season. Junior Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and sophomore Kayla Mee (Stonewall, Manitoba) picked up assists on Colangelo’s equalizer.
Northeastern led in shots in the first period 11-9.
UConn took its first lead of the series 14:49 into the second period, just after killing off a five-on-three overlapping penalty.
Junior Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) put UConn up 2-1 after she found the back of the net with a one-timer off a cross-crease pass from Colangelo, who finished the day with two points.
That marked Lum’s third goal of this series and 14th goal of the season as she took credit for both goals against Northeastern on Friday.
Northeastern once again tied the game up with 1:05 remaining in the second period. Kasidy Anderson landed a wrist-shot in the top right corner to leave the score even at 2-2 going into the second break. Shots were 22-16 in favor of Northeastern after two.
The NU Huskies pulled ahead 3-2 just over two minutes into the third after Lauren Kelly tapped the puck in off a pass from down low.
Northeastern secured its lead, scoring two goals 26 seconds apart to take a 5-3 lead with just two minutes to play. Overall shots were 38-26 in favor of NU.
The Huskies will host Vermont for two games at home on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.