PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Two goals in the second period lifted the UConn women’s ice hockey team past Providence 2-1 Sunday at Schneider Arena. Junior Marisa Maccario (Marblehead, Mass.) took credit for the game-winning goal against the Friars.
The Huskies improve to an even 13-13-4 with an 8-10-2 Hockey East record as they pick up three points this weekend. Providence drops to even 14-14-2 overall record and 9-9-2 WHEA record.
Junior goaltender Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) made 27 stops to back the Huskies to victory Sunday.
UConn and Providence were scoreless after the first period. The Huskies and the Friars each received one power play chance in the first, but neither team could capitalize on a goal. Shots were even 6-6 after one.
The Huskies took a 2-0 lead in the second period. Freshman Catherine Crawley (Washingtonville, N.Y.) gave UConn a 1-0 lead on the power play 6:59 into the middle frame after Providence was called for checking. Crawley scored five seconds into to the power play. Junior Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) and sophomore Kayla Mee (Stonewall, Manitoba) each earned a helper on the goal.
Maccario extended UConn’s lead 10 minutes later when she knocked the puck in off a pass from sophomore Rebecca Lindblad (Winnetka, Ill.) to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead going into the second intermission.
Five penalties plagued both the second and third periods. Providence killed off three penalties in the third and UConn did twice. After the last penalty of the game was released with 2:48 on the clock, the Friars pulled their goalie in efforts to get on the board.
PC cut UConn’s lead in half with an extra skater with 2:28 remaining in the game to make it 2-1 UConn. Despite another six-on-five opportunity for the Friars, the clock ran out and the Huskies clinched the 2-1 victory. Providence outshot UConn 28-18 overall with a last minute surge in the third period.
The Huskies continue their road stretch with a two-game series at Maine, beginning Friday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at Alfond Arena.