ORONO, Maine – After an extra attacker goal in the final minutes of regulation, Sarah MacDonnell scored with 0.6 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the UConn women’s hockey team to a 2-1 victory at Maine on Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Huskies to 8-17-8 on the year and 4-11-5 in Hockey East play, while Maine drops to 10-17-3 overall and 9-10-1 in league action.
Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.) got the Huskies on the board with an equalizing goal at 18:39 of the third period before MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick), who assisted on Campero’s goal, found a winner at 4:59 of the extra period.
UConn got a 40-save outing from Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) in the victory, while Meghann Treacy made 23 stops for Maine. The Black Bears out-shot the Huskies 41-25 on the day, and could not convert on three power play opportunities. The Huskies didn’t connect on their lone man advantage.
After a scoreless first frame, Maine got on the board at 4:31 of the second with a goal from Hailey Browne, assists by Jennifer More and Kelsey MacSorley. The Black Bears took their 1-0 lead into the second intermission.
With under three mintues to play in the third and trailing by a goal, Chris MacKenzie pulled Chuli for an extra attacker. The move paid off at 18:39 of the frame, when Campero knocked home her ninth of the year off assists from MacDonnell and Caitlin Hewes (Stillwater, Minn.).
Maine took to the power play about two minutes into overtime, but Chuli stood tall and the Huskies blocked several shots to secure the kill. With the clock winding towards zero UConn made a late rush into the Maine zone. Campero fought off a defender heading towards the corner and slid a pass to MacDonnell streaking down ice for a one-time blast from the right circle that beat Treacy for the 2-1 victory. The goal came with 0.6 seconds remaining in the contest.
UConn and Maine conclude their respective regular seasons tomorrow after with a 2 p.m. contest in Orono.