ORONO, Me. – Despite erasing a two-goal deficit in the second period, the UConn women’s ice hockey team fell short in a 4-3 overtime loss to Hockey East foe Maine on Sunday afternoon in the Alfond Sports Arena.
The Huskies (4-4-3, 0-3-2 WHEA) received a two-goal performance from freshman Natalie Snodgrass, adding to her team-high total of seven tallies this season, but a goal just 35 seconds into the extra period sunk UConn on the road.
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UConn’s defense held firm, helping to force overtime. Early in the third period, the Huskies faced a 3-on-5 situation after penalties on senior Theresa Knutson and junior Rebecca Lindblad. UConn was able to hold-off Maine’s power plays, keeping the deficit at 3-2.
Later in the period, a holding call on the Black Bears set up Snodgrass’ second goal of the game at the 11:31 mark – making it 3-3. Senior Leah Lum and sophomore Briana Colangelo were credited with assists.
Freshman Carley Olivier started overtime in the penalty box after a checking call, finishing the final 23 seconds to start the period. Just 12 seconds later, Maine capitalized on its offensive position – due to the penalty – and converted with a goal from Michelle Weis.
For the Huskies, it was their fifth overtime game of the season, but their first loss when playing the extra five minutes (1-1-3). The loss also denied UConn its first Hockey East win of the season.
Facing a 2-0 hole in the second period, Snodgrass took over – scoring her first goal of the game off a pass from Colangelo, who finished the game with two assists. Just four minutes later at the 10:29 mark, Bouzide scored an unassisted goal to tie it up.
Both teams earned penalty kills in the second period, taking a tied 2-2 game into the final period. The Black Bears took the lead just 5:20 into the third – an edge they held for six minutes until the Huskies netted the equalizer.
UConn was outshot, 30-25, but stood firmly on the defensive side with 18 blocked shots – twice as many as Maine’s defense. The Huskies committed four penalties to Maine’s three. Junior Kayla Mee led the Huskies with seven shots.
Head coach Chris MacKenzie’s team returns to action this weekend when they play a home-and-home against nationally-ranked Boston College. Friday’s game will be in Chestnut Hill, Mass. at 6 p.m. ET and Saturday will be in Storrs at 3 p.m. ET.