PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The UConn women’s hockey team erased a 3-1 deficit in the third period to take a late lead, eventually skating to a 4-4 tie at Providence on Sunday afternoon at Schneider Arena. The draw moves the Huskies to 3-5-5 on the year and 0-1-2 in conference action, while the Friars go to 0-9-3 and 0-2-1 in WHEA play.
Four different Huskies lit the lamp for the second consecutive game, as UConn also had four goal-scorers in a 4-2 win over Brown on Nov. 4. Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) scored Connecticut’s first goal, before an Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) shorthanded goal came prior to goals from Margaret Zimmer (St. Charles, Ill.) and Leah Lum (Richmond, British Columbia). Rookie Cydnee Cook (Winnipeg, Manitoba) added two assists for her first two career points.
The Friars held a 31-28 advantage in shots overall, with Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) recording 27 saves. UConn went 0-for-6 on the power play, while Providence clicked on one of its five chances.
After a mostly quiet first period, UConn struck for the game’s first goal in the final minute of the frame when Knutson potted her fourth goal of the season. The rookie’s strike was assisted by Cook and captain Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick).
Providence equalized less than a minute into the second period, the first of three goals for the Friars in the stanza. PC took its 3-1 lead into the third period after goals in the frame from three skaters.
Snodgrass cut into the Providence lead 16 seconds into the third period, scoring her team-high sixth goal of the season shorthanded to slim the lead to one. Soon after, Zimmer pulled UConn even with her second goal of the season, before Lum struck at 5:36 with her third of the year to give the Huskies a 4-3 lead. Cook assisted on Zimmer’s goal, while Lindsay Roethke (Buffalo, Minn.) recorded the helper on Lum’s strike.
With a minute remaining Providence pulled its goalie, and was rewarded at 19:56 with an extra attacker goal to tie the contest at 4-4. The tally forced overtime, where neither side could find a winner to complete the draw.
The Huskies return to action next weekend with a home-and-home series against No. 6 Boston University. UConn hosts BU on Saturday, Nov. 15 before traveling to Boston on Sunday, Nov. 16. Both contests get underway at 3 p.m.
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