Feb. 16, 2014
BOSTON – The UConn women’s hockey team (9-21-2, 6-12-1 WHEA) dropped a 5-0 decision to Northeastern (16-13-2, 11-6-2 WHEA) on Sunday afternoon at Matthews Arena. With the loss, UConn drops its season series with Northeastern 0-3-0 and has now lost 10 in a row against NU.
The loss marked the first time UConn has been shut out in back-to-back contests since Feb. 17 and 19, 2013 against BC and Northeastern. However, due to league-wide results, UConn holds position in fifth place in the conference and can clinch that spot next weekend with two wins or a win and a draw.
Sarah Moses (New Hamburg, Ontario) made her first start in goal for UConn since Jan. 2 and stopped 31 shots in the loss. Chloe Desjardins recorded 27 saves for Northeastern, which out-shot Connecticut 36-27. NU went 2-for-4 on the power play in its win, while UConn was 0-for-4.
Moses came up big on a pair of NU chances in the first few minutes of contest, turning aside shots from Brittany Esposito and Hayley Scamurra with a pair of kick saves. Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.) made a strong bid for UConn just inside the five minute mark of the first, delaying at the left circle before whistling a shot on net that Desjardins gloved.
UConn went on the power play after a roughing call on Scamurra at 10:07 of the first, but Northeasten was able to secure the kill. UConn’s best chance with the advantage came off a rebound chance on the doorstep, but Leah Buress (Windsor, Ontario) saw her shot sail wide.
NU took its first try on the man advantage at 14:47 after a tripping call on UConn and used it to break the deadlock. Hayley Masters camped in front of the net and redirected a Scamurra shot from the point past Moses at 15:15 to make it 1-0.
Northeastern tacked on another power play goal at 19:13, when Katie MacSorley tipped in a Paige Savage shot and made it 2-0. NU took that lead to the first intermission, holding a 14-8 edge in shots on goal.
Savage and MacSorley nearly connected again in the opening minutes of the second period, but Moses stopped a redirect bid from the near slot. Scamurra added on to Northeastern’s lead at 10:55, securing a loose puck in the crease and tapping it home to make it 3-0.
UConn killed off a power play in the final four minutes of the second period, before Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) had an end-to-end bid denied by Desjardins. NU tacked on another goal in the final seconds of the frame, when Claire Santostefano made it 4-0 with 18.6 seconds remaining in the period.
Connecticut took to the power play after a call on NU at 2:15 of the third period, but couldn’t connect with the advantage. UConn had another chance on the power play midway through the third period, but again had it thwarted. Moses made a pair of sharp saves on an NU power play in the final five minutes of regulation, stoning Kelly Wallace and Brittany Esposito on the doorstep.
Santostefano potted her second of the game at 16:19, making it a 5-0 lead late in regulation. UConn went on the power play again for the final 1:41 of regulation, but couldn’t muster a goal.
Up next, UConn closes its regular season with a pair of home games against Maine. The Huskies host the Black Bears on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. before closing the year with Senior Day on Feb. 22, also a 2 p.m. puck drop.