BURLINGTON, VT (Oct. 18, 2008) – A Vermont power play and an extra attacker with Kristen Olychuck leaving the net, was not enough for the Catamounts to force overtime. Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont./Ottawa Intermediate AA) made a pair of saves to secure the University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey team’s second Hockey East victory. The Huskies scored a goal each of the first two periods en route to a 2-1 decision at Vermont on Saturday afternoon.
Amy Hollstein (Tewksbury, Mass./Lawrence Academy) assisted both of UConn’s first goals against the Catamounts. At 7:06 in the first period, Jody Sydor (St. Alberta, Alta./Sturgeon Composite) put the Huskies’ fifth shot of the game past Olychuck. Cristin Allen (Pickering, Ont./Durham Lightning AA) added to her team-high assist total with another on Sydor’s first goal of the season. UConn (4-1-2, 2-0-0) out shot Vermont 6-3 in the first period.
Hollstein had an assist at 4:54 in the second period with Dominique Thibault (L’ Original, Ont./Montreal Axion NWHL) scoring her 10th goal of the season. Sami Evelyn (Nepean, Ont. /Ottawa NCCP Inter. AA) had the second assist, helping the Huskies pull ahead 2-0.
Vermont’s Teddy Fortin cut the deficit 2-1 less than three minutes into the final period of regulation. Her second goal of the season was assisted by Shannon Bellefeuille and Celeste Doucte.
Up until that point Wilson had stopped all Catamount (2-1-0, 0-1-2) shots, making 10 saves through the first two periods of play. She finished the game with 18 saves as the Huskies out shot the competition 23-19.
UConn returns to Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Sunday for a 3 p.m. game against conference foe Northeastern (3-0-2, 1-0-0). Women’s ice hockey is 13-5-5 against Northeastern all-time and is unbeaten in the last eight games.
· UConn has extended its all-time winning streak against Vermont two four games with Saturday’s win and improved to 9-1-0 all time.
· Dominique Thibault continues her goal scoring streak with another in the second period of Saturday’s game. Thibault leads the team with 10 goals this season, scoring at least one in each of the Huskies’ six games.
· Cristin Allen entered the game as the leading scoring defensemen in the Hockey East with eight assists. With another today, she has nine on the season, leading the defenders with nine points.
· Every game that Amy Hollstein has scored a point this season, she has scored more than one. Hollstein has recorded two or more points in five out of six UConn games this season.