STORRS, Conn. – Two goals from senior Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, B.C.) helped UConn past UNH 3-2 in game one of the Hockey East quarterfinals Friday at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) turned away 44 shots to keep the Huskies in it right at the end.
Berisoff opened the scoring 16:51 into the first period after she tucked in her own rebound to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead going into the first intermission with assists coming from sophomore Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) and senior Leah Buress (Windsor, Ont.).
Buress extended the Huskies’ lead halfway through the second period when she went down and scored on a breakaway to put UConn up 2-0.
UNH’s Cassandra Vilgrain was sent to the box for holding two minutes after UConn took a two-goal lead. Berisoff earned her second of the evening after she scored 11 seconds into the power play. Freshman Kayla Mee (Winnipeg, Manitoba) shot the puck from the top of the circle where it was deflected on net by Buress and then hammered home by Berisoff.
The Wildcats got on the board before the end of the second period when Julia Fedeski sniped one off the crossbar and into the back of the net, cutting UConn’s lead to 3-1.
UNH brought the score to within one with less than ten minutes to play in the third period. UConn could not put any more goals on the board even despite a power play opportunity in third. Lum was called for tripping with less than two minutes to play in the game.
The Wildcats pulled their goalie to take a 6-on-4 advantage to end the game and despite numerous scrums in front of the UConn cage, Chuli was able to keep the puck out of the net and seal it 3-2 in the end.
The Huskies and the Wildcats are back at it tomorrow, Feb. 27 for game two of the quarterfinals at 3 p.m. at the Freitas Ice Forum. UConn can clinch a trip to the semifinals with a victory on Saturday, but a UNH win will send the series to a game-three at 3 p.m. on Sunday.