Feb. 4, 2012
BOSTON, Mass. – The University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey team suffered a 3-2 league loss at No. 7/8 Northeastern in Hockey East action on Saturday afternoon. The loss, their fourth straight, dropped the UConn Huskies to 3-19-7 overall and 2-11-3 in the league, while the NU Huskies improved to 18-6-2 and 12-3-2.
UConn got on the board first with a power play goal by freshman Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) in the final minute of the opening period. For Snodgrass, it was her team-leading seventh goal of the season, assisted by senior defenseman Sami Evelyn (Nepean, Ont.).
Shots were even in the first period, 11-11, with sophomore goaltender Nicole Paniccia (Oakville, Ont.) stopping all 11 shots that came her way.
Early in the second period, freshman Rachel Farrel (Cheshire, Conn.) netted her third goal of the season, on a power play, to extend the Connecticut lead to 2-0. At the 14:15 mark of the frame, Northeastern’s Siena Falino got the home team on the board with a power play score. Just over a minute later, Rachel Llanes tied the game at two.
In the third period, NU’s leading scorer Kendall Coyne broke the tie and completed the comeback for Northeastern with her 23rd goal of the season, coming with less than five minutes to play in the game.
NU outshot UConn 46-22 for the game. Paniccia totaled 43 saves, her second game in the last three outings with 40 or more. For Northeastern, Florence Schelling earned the win in a 20-save effort.
Connecticut is back at home tomorrow for a conference match-up with New Hampshire at 2:00 pm at the Freitas Ice Forum.