SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Four different Huskies scored for the UConn women’s hockey team in a 4-2 win at Union on Friday afternoon at Messa Rink. The victory marks the first of 2014-15 for UConn, which improves to 1-2-1 on the year. Union drops to 0-3-0 with the setback.
The Huskies dominated the game’s first two periods, going up 4-0 before the second intermission. Union scored twice in the final 11 minutes to close the gap, but the UConn defense held up late. Kelly Harris (Canton, Mich.) picked up a first period tally for the Huskies, and Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.), Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.) and Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) each scored in the second. Harris and Snodgrass both also added assists for two-point outings.
UConn held a 44-19 advantage in shots on goal for the match, firing its most shots since a contest vs. RIT on Nov. 30, 2013 (45). Each team converted once on the power play, the Huskies in four chances and the Dutchwomen in five. Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) made 17 saves for UConn while Shenae Lundberg turned aside 40 shots for Union.
Union went on the power play at 12:22 of the opening stanza, but a staunch UConn penalty kill did not allow a shot on goal during the advantage. Less than two minutes after completing the kill, the Huskies struck for the game’s first goal. Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) fired a shot that was saved, with the rebound skipping to Lindsay Roethke (Buffalo, Minn.) for another bid. He shot deflected across the crease, and Harris was there waiting to poke it home and put UConn up 1-0. The Huskies took that lead to the first intermission after a 21-4 shot advantage in the first frame.
At the 2:01 mark of the second period, UConn extended its lead to two with a power play marker. Leah Lum (Richmond, British Columbia) and Harris circled the puck to Snodgrass on the doorstep, who made a nifty move to her backhand and buried her first goal of the season.
UConn struck twice more midway through the frame, scoring two goals in a span of 16 seconds. Campero picked up the first marker of the blitz at the 11:17 mark, potting her 27th career goal (ninth in program history) off assists from Rachel Farrel (Cheshire, Conn.) and Snodgrass. At 11:33, MacDonnell took a feed from Lexi Lersch (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and slid into the slot before sniping home her third goal of the year to put the Huskies up 4-0.
A series of penalties midway through the third period led to a brief period of a 4-on-3 advantage for Union, which the Dutchwomen used to pick up their first goal. After a shot was blocked in front, Jessica Kaminsky gathered a loose puck and buried a goal to cut the UConn lead to 4-1 at 9:18 of the third period.
With a touch over five minutes remaining in the third, Union potted its second of the frame when Kathryn Tomaselli lugged the puck into the slot and rifled a shot past Chuli to slice the deficit to two. The Dutchwomen pulled Lundberg at the 18:47 mark of the third, and used their timeout with a minute remaining in the frame. After Kathryn Davis hit the post, the Huskies cleared the puck to their own end and sealed the victory.
The Huskies and Dutchwomen conclude their weekend series tomorrow afternoon. Puck drop from Union is set for 3 p.m.