STORRS, Conn. - Junior goaltender Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) earned her first career shutout Friday, stopping 39 pucks in the 0-0 overtime draw between the UConn women's ice hockey team and Penn State in game one of the series at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
The Huskies record their first tie of the season and are now 3-2-1 heading into Saturday's contest, while the Nittany Lions are now 1-4-2.
Belanger stood on her head through 65 minutes of action between the pipes for UConn. She stopped 39 shots overall and helped kill off six penalties to earn her first career shutout. Belanger is now 2-2-1 on the season and Friday's contest marks the seventh tie of her career.
Both teams had plenty of chances in Friday's goaltending battle, each boasting 30-plus shot totals. The Huskies and the Nittany Lions were even in shots on goal, 30-30, through three regulation periods. Penn State outshot UConn 9-3 in the lone overtime period finish on top in the final shot count 39-33.
UConn was 0-4 on the power play, earning a man-advantage in all four frames. The Huskies were also 6-6 on the penalty kill, two of which came in the overtime period.
PSU recorded exactly 10 saves in the first, second and third periods. UConn held a 13-10 edge on shots in the scoreless first period. Shots were even 10-10 in the second period and PSU held a 10-7 shot advantage in the third.
UConn is still unbeaten in the all-time series against PSU, 2-0-1. In their first meetings, the Huskies walked away with back-to-back wins last season in the Nittany Lions den to kick off the series 2-0.
The Huskies and the Nittany Lions are back in action at Freitas Saturday afternoon for a 2 p.m. start time. Following this weekend series, UConn will open conference play with a home-and-home series with conference front-runner Boston College.