Nov. 10, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Connecticut women’s ice hockey team allowed five unanswered goals to spoil a three-goal lead in a 5-3 Hockey East loss at Providence on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies dropped to 2-9-1 (1-4-0), while the Friars improved to 7-4-1 (5-1-0).
UConn scored five minutes into the game when freshman Leah Buress (Windsor, Ont.), assisted by classmate Michela Cava (Thunder Bay, Ont.), scored her first career goal. A little more than minutes later, sophomore Kayla Campero (Wallingford, Conn.) punched in her third goal of the season to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
In the second period, the Huskies lifted their lead to 3-0 on the third goal of the season by senior captain Kelly Horan (Methuen, Mass.). Burres captured an assist on the score.
Midway through the second, PC got on the board with a power play score off the stick of senior Nicole Anderson at the 11:26 mark. Just 31 seconds later the Friars made it a one-goal game when Beth Hanrahan notched an even-strength goal. Providence tied the game at three at the 15:45 mark on another power play goal by Anderson.
In the third, the Friars took their first lead of the game on a goal by Lexi Romanchuk at 8:34 and sealed the game with an empty-netter in the final 30 seconds by Jessica Vella.
Junior Sarah Moses (New Hamburg, Ont.) made 35 saves in the loss for UConn, while PC junior Nina Riley came off the bench to stop 19 and earn the win. Freshman Sarah Bryant started for the Friars and was chased after making just five saves on eight shots on goal in a little more than one period played.
The Huskies return to action next Sunday at home for a non-conference match-up against St. Lawrence at 2:00 pm.