STORRS, Conn. (Jan. 24, 2009) – Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont./Ottawa Inter. AA) made 22 saves and Dominique Thibault (L’Orignal, Ont./Montreal Axion NWHL) scored once to lift the University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey team to a 1-0 victory at Northeastern on Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies narrowly outshot the home team after two scoreless periods (17-16) before firing 13 shots at the Northeastern net in the final twenty minutes of regulation.
Northeastern’s Florence Schelling stopped all UConn shots until Thibault hit the back of the net less than three minutes remaining in the third period. Michelle Binning (Oshawa, Ont./Toronto Jr. Aeros Inter.) and Cristin Allen (Pickering, Ont./Durham Lightning AA) assisted the gamewinner. For the second night in a row, Thibault was responsible for the UConn game-winning goal.
After a four-goal weekend, having recorded her second career hat trick in Friday night’s 4-0 victory over Northeastern (10-12-2, 5-7-0), Thibault leads the Connecticut Huskies with 23 goals. Allen leads the team in assists with 16 this season.
Last season was the last time Wilson recorded back-to-back shutouts, when she did so at Northeastern (Feb. 2, 2008) and against Providence (Feb. 9, 2009). She now has five shutouts on the year and a 13-4-1 record between the pipes this season.
Women’s ice hockey (17-7-2, 9-4-0) is now third in Hockey East standings after sweeping the weekend. The conference slate continues with a pair of games against Providence next weekend. UConn first takes on the Friars in Rhode Island on Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. before hosting Providence on Feb. 1 at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
The Sunday afternoon game will begin at 1 p.m. and is the Huskies’ Skating Strides game. UConn will be wearing pink jerseys and laces as part of Women’s Hockey East Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising event.
· The last time, Connecticut won a 1-0 game was last season on Feb. 2 at Northeastern.
· UConn has won the last six-consecutive Hockey East games this season.
· This is the first time since Nov. 20 against Boston College that the Huskies have not scored on the power play. UConn was 0-for-4 on Saturday afternoon at Northeastern.
· Brittany Wilson now has 15 career shutouts and has matched her season-mark for shutouts in a single-season with Saturday afternoon’s 22 saves.