PROVIDENCE – The UConn women’s hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision at Providence on Saturday afternoon at Schneider Arena. The loss drops the Huskies to 6-14-6 on the year and 2-8-3 in Hockey East, while the Friars improve to 6-15-4 and 5-7-1 in league action.
Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) scored for the Huskies early in the first period, but the Friars responded with the next four goals to take a lead they would not relent. Providence held a 39-30 edge in shots and went 1-for-6 on the power play, while UConn could not convert on six man-advantage opportunities. The Huskies held a 44-34 advantage in the faceoff dot, led by a 19-for-25 performance from Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.).
Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) started in goal for the Huskies and made 24 saves, before Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) took over for the third period and turned aside all 11 shots she faced. Allie Morse made 29 saves for Providence, while Allison Micheletti scored twice and Haley Frade and Brooke Simpson each posted a goal and an assist.
The Huskies broke into the score column early, notching the game’s first goal at 2:09 of the opening stanza. Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) won a battle along the boards near neutral ice and flicked the puck forward to a streaking Fleming. The senior flew towards net and snapped a shot from the right side past Morse for her fourth goal of the season to give UConn an early 1-0 lead.
At 6:52, the Friars tied the contest with Micheletti’s first goal, ripped from the slot past a screened Chuli. Providence picked up another with a power play goal at 12:11, with Simpson poking home a rebound in front to make it 2-1.
The Huskies went to the power play for the final 1:57 of the first period, but couldn’t convert despite strong chances from Kelly Harris (Canton, Mich.) and Snodgrass. The teams traded penalties in the early portion of the second, but neither could connect on their respective power plays. The Friars stretched their lead to two with a Frade goal at 11:03, before Micheletti made it 4-1 less than a minute later with a goal at 11:57.
UConn had a pair of power play chances early in the third frame, but Morse stood tall on each advantage to keep the Huskies off the board. Despite a 13-11 advantage in shots in the third period, Connecticut couldn’t push across a goal and the score stood at 4-1 for a final.
UConn and Providence conclude their weekend series tomorrow afternoon at Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m.