Oct. 20, 2012
ORONO, Me. – The University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey team gained its first win of the season, 3-2, and its first in overtime since 2009. The Huskies went on the road and defeated Maine in their first Hockey East match-up of the season. UConn is now 1-4-1 overall and 1-0-0 in the WHEA, while the Black Bears dropped to 0-3-0 and 0-1-0.
Sophomore Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.) scored her second goal of the season just 50 seconds into the extra frame to give Connecticut its first OT win since defeating Providence, 2-1 at home, on February 1, 2009. Junior defenseman Kiana Nauheim (Fairbanks, Alaska) assisted on the goal.
Three minutes into the game, the Huskies struck first when freshman Michela Cava (Thunder Bay, Ont.), assisted by classmate Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, B.C.), found the back of the net. Maine came back at the eight-minute mark with a score from Audra Richards to tie the game.
Late in the second period, the Black Bears took the lead on a shorthanded goal by Brittany Dougherty at 18:29. During the same power play chance, UConn struck at the 19:24 mark as Cava scored again to tie the game at two. Senior Casey Knajdek (Woodbury, Minn.) and freshman Rachel Farrel (Cheshire, Conn.) each assisted on the game-tying score.
Freshman Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) started and allowed two goals over two periods of play. She made 18 saves before being pulled in favor of junior Sarah Moses (New Hamburg, Ont.) to start the third period. Moses stopped all 16 shots faced to earn her first win as a Husky.
For the Black Bears, Meghann Treacy made 27 saves. Maine outshot Connecticut, 36-30.
The two teams are back on the ice tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 pm.