Feb. 2, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey team held a two-goal lead early in the third period before Providence came back to force overtime and win the game, 4-3, in the extra frame on Saturday night. Jessica Vella tallied her second goal of the night and third of the series 2:45 into OT.
After a scoreless first period, Vella netted the first goal of the game less than a minute into the second period. The Huskies tied the game at the 3:56 mark when sophomore Rachel Farrel (Cheshire, Conn.) posted her sixth goal of the season. Midway through the frame, UConn took the lead on sophomore Kayla Campero’s (Wallingford, Conn.) seventh of the year.
Connecticut (3-22-3, 1-13-1 Hockey East) added to its lead early in the third when sophomore Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, Que.) scored on the power play. Haley Frade brought the Friars (14-11-4, 8-6-2) within one with a power play goal. PC tied the game with less than three minutes to play when Brooke Simpson found the back of the net.
Farrel, Campero and MacDonnell all recorded multiple points in the game with a goal and an assist.
Freshman Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) made 33 saves for the Huskies, while her counterpart Sarah Bryant stopped 32 for Providence.
PC outshot UConn 37-35 for the game, despite the Huskies holding a 3-1 edge in overtime. Each team committed five penalties and went 1-for-5 on the power play.
Connecticut returns to action against Northeastern at the Freitas Ice Forum on Saturday, February 9 at 1:00 pm.