BURLINGTON, Vt. – The UConn women’s ice hockey team earned a hard-fought point on Saturday afternoon, playing Vermont to a 0-0 tie at the Gutterson Fieldhouse behind 22 saves from senior goalie Annie Belanger.
The Huskies (11-12-9, 5-11-6 WHEA), who set a program-record for ties in a single season after the result against the Catamounts, now sit with 16 points in Hockey East play. UConn is in eighth place, the final playoff spot in the league, with two games remaining.
Saturday’s game was cleaner than Friday’s, with just five total penalties between the two teams compared to 12 the night before, but the offensive struggle continued. In what turned out to be a defensive-minded series, only one goal was scored over the weekend.
UConn had a 27-22 shots advantage, due in part to three power play chances that resulted in four shots on target. Senior Leah Lum fired five shots on net, but Vermont goalie Sydney Scobee was up to the challenge – making 27 stops.
The overtime period brought along some good scoring chances for both sides, as they combined for seven shots on net, but Belanger and Scobee stood firm.
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A key defensive stand for the Huskies came in the first period, when junior Rebecca Lindblad was called for a five-minute major for hitting from behind at 13:01. In that stretch, Belanger made five saves and the UConn defense tightened up for a crucial penalty kill.
It was the third shutout of the season for Belanger, as she continues her strong senior campaign. She currently leads all Hockey East goalies in save percentage (.934) and ranks second in goals against average (1.92).
UConn’s final two games of the regular season come next weekend against Merrimack at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. Puck drop is Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., as the Huskies fight a spot in the Hockey East playoffs.
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