DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Lindsay Roethke (Buffalo, Minn.) lifted the UConn women’s ice hockey team past UNH 2-1 Sunday after scoring her first career goal with just 35 seconds left in overtime at the Whittemore Center to cap off a perfect 2-0 weekend on the road for the Huskies.
UConn improves to 6-4-1 and 2-2 in Hockey East games, claiming back-to-back league wins this weekend, while UNH drops to 3-8 overall and an even 3-3 in WHEA play.
The Huskies and the Wildcats were scoreless after the first period with 7-5 shot count in favor of UNH. Both teams had one power play opportunity and successfully killed off a penalty kill in the first period to leave the score knotted at zero heading into the first break.
Coming out of the half, freshman Briana Colangelo (Whitby, Ont.) scored for the Huskies, but the goal was waved off and the score remained 0-0.
Less than three minutes later, junior Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) capitalized on the power play and put UConn on the board off a pass from Colangelo to make it 1-0 6:33 into the second period. Junior Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) also earned an assist on the play.
UNH tied the game up 1-1 5:47 into the third period with a goal from leading scorer Jonna Curtis. Despite two power play chances for UConn and one for UNH, the score remained tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and the game went to overtime.
The Wildcats outshot the Huskies 3-1 in overtime, but one shot was all UConn needed to end the game when Roethke scored the golden goal, her first career goal, with just 35 seconds left on the clock. Sophomore Jaime Fox (Unionville, Ont.) and junior Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) each tallied an assist on Roethke’s game-winning goal.
Junior goaltender Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) stopped 31 shots to finish with a combined 52-save performance this weekend with a 1.00 goals against average.
The Huskies will meet non-conference Brown in a mid-week contest on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. After a weekend off, UConn will return home to the Freitas Ice Forum on Friday, Nov. 18 when they host Maine at 7 p.m.
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