STORRS, Conn. – Freshman Briana Colangelo (Whitby, Ont.) kept the Huskies alive in the second period after she scored her ninth goal of her rookie season to tie the game up 1-1. However, Colangelo’s goal was not enough for UConn in game two and the Huskies were swept by New Hampshire Saturday with another 4-1 decision in the 2016-17 regular season finale.
After Saturday’s loss to the Wildcats, UConn (14-16-4) finishes seventh in the league with a 9-13-2 conference record and will travel to Northeastern for the first round of the Hockey East championship. UNH improves to 13-17-2 overall record and awaits its post-season fate, pending the result of the Providence game.
UConn and UNH were evenly matched throughout the entire game with shots on goal even 30-30 in the end. The Huskies outshot the Wildcats by one in a scoreless first period.
UNH struck first in the second period when the team’s leading scorer, Jonna Curtis, scored a short-handed goal immediately as she came out of the penalty box to give New Hampshire the 1-0 advantage.
Freshman Briana Colangelo tied the game up less than three minutes later to keep the Huskies in it 1-1 with plenty of time out in front of them, but Carlee Toews reclaimed the lead for UNH less than a one minute after Colangelo’s equalizer.
Despite shots on goal being even 10-10 in the third period, the scoring momentum shifted in favor of UNH 6:18 into the third stanza when New Hampshire’s Carlee Turner gave UNH the first two-goal lead of the afternoon. Curtis then solidified the win for the Wildcats with an empty-netter under the two minute mark.
It will be the battle of the Huskies in the Hockey East quarterfinals as UConn will travel to Northeastern for a best-of-three series, beginning on Friday, Feb. 24 at Matthews Arena in Boston.