STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s hockey team got a point from 10 different skaters and saw four players light the lamp in a 4-2 victory over Brown on Tuesday night at Freitas Ice Forum. The victory improves the Huskies to 3-5-4 on the year, while the Bears drop to 1-4-0.
UConn used a first period goal from Justine Fredette (Winnpieg, Manitoba) to take an early lead, before Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) and Caitlin Hewes (Stillwater, Minn.) tallied in the second period to stretch the advantage to three. Brown battled back to pull within one early in the third period, but Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) scored her team-high fifth goal of the year later in the frame to seal the victory.
In goal, Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) made 25 saves to record her first collegiate victory, improving her record to 1-1-2 in four starts. Monica Elvin made 27 saves for the Bears. Connecticut held a 31-27 advantage in shots overall, and went 1-for-3 on the power play while killing Brown’s lone advantage.
At 13:50 of the opening frame, the Huskies struck with Fredette’s first collegiate tally. Controlling possession behind the net, the rookie forward sent the puck towards the middle, where it deflected off Elvin and across the goal line to put UConn up 1-0.
Early in the second period, Shannon Godin (Pembroke, Ontario) took a feed in the left slot and launched a shot that barely nicked the right post. At 7:27 of the frame the Huskies struck to take a 2-0 lead. Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) worked the puck to Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) up the right side with space, and the Husky captain fired a centering pass towards the crease. Knutson was there awaiting the feed and punched home her third goal of the year.
After the Huskies killed off the Bears’ first power play midway through the second, UConn went to the advantage itself and capitalized to make it 3-0 at 15:25. Rachel Farrel (Cheshire, Conn.) fed Margaret Zimmer (St. Charles, Ill.) in the left circle for a bullet cross-crease pass to Hewes crashing from the right. Hewes stepped into the pass and sent a hard shot to the back of the net for her first goal of 2014-15 and first since Jan. 15, 2013 against Harvard.
UConn opened the third period on the power play, but a shorthanded rush from Brown’s Kaitlyn Keon led to her being awarded a penalty shot. Keon converted the chance with a nifty deke and backhand move to beat Belanger and cut UConn’s lead to 3-1 at 0:27 of the third. The Bears sliced the lead even closer at 5:16 of the third stanza, when Kelly Micholson potted her first goal of the year after an end-to-end rush.
UConn got its lead back to two at 14:05 with Snodgrass’ fifth goal of the year. Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, British Columbia) started the scoring play by forcing a turnover near the blue line before she fed Snodgrass for a shot that was saved. Reese Maccario (Marblehead, Mass.) took aim off the rebound for another bid that Elvin stopped, before Snodgrass finally punched it home to give UConn a 4-2 advantage.
Brown pulled Elvin with 1:09 remaining in regulation, but Belanger stood up to a late series of shots to ice the victory.
The Huskies return to action on Sunday, Nov. 9 when they jump back into conference play and travel to Providence for a meeting with the Friars. Puck drop from Schneider Arena is set for 2 p.m.
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