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Special Teams Play Key in 7-2 Women's Ice Hockey Victory at Maine

Nov. 8, 2009

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ORONO, Maine - Junior Jennifer Chaisson (Cumberland, Ont.) scored twice as the University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team captured its first conference victory with a 7-2 decision over Maine on Sunday afternoon. Together with senior Michelle Binning (Oshawa, Ont.) and sophomore Monique Weber (Rogers, Minn.) UConn scored unprecedented three-consecutive shorthanded goals at Alfond Arena.

It was the first career shorthanded goals for Binning, Chaisson and Weber as well as the most number of shorthanded goals scored in UConn women's ice hockey program history. Senior assistant captain Cristin Allen (Pickering, Ont.) recorded a career-high four assists setting up teammates for a pair of shorthanded and power-play goals.

After a power-play goal by Melissa Gagnon got past UConn (4-4-2, 1-2-2-0) netminder sophomore Alexandra Garcia (Pointe-Claire, Que.), the Huskies found themselves trailing 1-0 at the first intermission.

UConn responded by scoring three goals, including a pair of shorthanded marks, in less than three minutes. Junior Jessica Lutz (Rockville, Md.) got her second of the season with assists from classmate Jody Sydor (St. Albert, Alta.) and Weber. She proceeded to set up Chaisson's shorthanded strike at 9:50 for a 2-1 advantage. Allen got her first assist of the game on the Lutz goal.

Binning scored less than a minute later to make it a 3-1 game with the second-consecutive shorthanded goal of the game off a pass from Allen. It was the last goal of the second period as the Huskies' led 4-1 at the break.

Two-minutes and 12 seconds into the third period Weber scored an unassisted shorthanded goal for the third-consecutive such score for UConn. Chaisson increased the edge with a power-play goal at 8:03 with help from Allen and freshman Elisabeth Stathopulos (Toronto, Ont.).

Lexie Hoffmeyer interrupted the Huskies' offensive streak with even-strength goal. The Black Bears (2-8-2, 0-4-2-1) trailed 5-2 with less than four minutes remaining in the third period.

A pair of UConn freshman scored within 23 seconds of each other in the final minute of play. Stathopulos scored with assists from junior Brittany Murphy (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Chaisson. Chaisson finished the afternoon with three points, tying her career-high mark.

Allen tallied her career-high fourth assist on a freshman Kelly Horan (Methuen, Mass.) goal, the first of her career, for the 7-2 final.

Garcia turned aside 29 shots in the game, allowing just two goals. She is now 3-3-2 between the pipes for the Huskies this season. The Huskies had a 40-31 advantage in shots as Maine's Brittany Ott (1-4-1) made 33 saves in the game.

The Hockey East season continues with a home-and-away series with Boston College on Nov. 14 and 15. UConn hosts the Eagles with at 1 p.m. on the 14th before heading to Conte Forum on the 15th for a noon face-off.

Game Notes
• With a 15-10-2 advantage in the overall series, the Huskies are undefeated in the last 10 meetings with the Black Bears. The last loss UConn suffered at the hands of Maine was a one-goal decision on Feb. 5, 2006.
Cristin Allen needs four more assists this season to have amassed 50 in her career.
Jennifer Chaisson tied her career-best scoring effort with a pair of goals against the Black Bears. She has tied that career-best three times and has done so twice against Maine.