STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s hockey team scored a pair of third period goals to pull even with No. 6 ranked Boston University but Maddie Elie’s second goal of the afternoon with 30 seconds to play lifted the Terriers to a 3-2 win in a Hockey East match-up Saturday afternoon at Freitas Ice Forum. The loss dropped the Huskies to 3-6-5 overall and 0-2-0 in league play.
The Terriers built a 2-0 lead in the second period on Elie’s first goal and another by Victoria Bach in the closing seconds of the period. UConn stormed back in the third as freshman Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored on the power play and senior Rebecca Fleming (Newton, Mass.) knotted the game with her first goal of the season.
The Huskies and Terriers skated to a scoreless first period. UConn held off some late offensive pressure from BU, who tested Belanger often over the final three minutes of the period. The Terriers finished with 12 shots over the first 20 minutes to six for the Huskies.
BU finally cracked Belanger at 8:24 on Elia’s second goal of the season. Freshman Rebecca Leslie got the puck deep in the Husky zone and found Elia out front and the sophomore stuffed it home from the right post for a 1-0 lead.
The Terriers made it 2-0 in the closing seconds of the second period on a great effort by the rookie Bach. Junior Kayla Tutino fed Bach through the neutral zone and the freshman carried to the left circle. Bach’s initial shot was deflected but she was able to chase the rebound down and shovel a backhander past freshman netminder Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) for her sixth of the season, making it 2-0 at 19:34.
UConn got a pair of power play chances in the second period but came up empty. Just before the end of the period, the Terriers got their second power play of the night when Sarah MacDonnell was called for interference at 19:47.
The Huskies were able to kill it off and then got a 5-on-3 power play when Caroline Campbell was called for interference at 3:02 and Rebecca Russo was whistled for hooking just 32 seconds later. The two-man advantage was short lived however as UConn’s Emily Snodgrass was called for checking at 3:54.
UConn was able to take advantage of the 4-on-3 chance and cut the BU lead in half. Flemming fed a pass from the point to the right win and stick of Rachel Farrel (Cheshire, Conn.) Farrel blasted a shot on goal and the rebound found Fredette at the left post who knocked it home at 4:48.
The Huskies struck again at 6:25 to tie the game at 2-2. Freshman Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wisc.) skated through center ice into the BU zone and fed Fleming coming up the right wing. Fleming drove the net hart and buried a beauty just under the bar, glove side for her first of the season.
The Terriers found the game-winner in the closing seconds as they kept the pressure on Belanger. Russo controlled the puck along the right half wall and fed a pretty centering pass to Elia in the slot who buried a one-timer for the go-ahead goal at 19:30. The Huskies pulled Belanger for the extra skater and drew a checking penalty on Sarah Lefort for a 6-on-4 advantage in the closing seconds but couldn’t threaten goaltender Victoria Hanson.
Hanson made 22 saves in net to earn the win while Belanger stopped 30 shots for the Huskies.
These two teams will be back at it on Sunday afternoon from BU’s Walter Brown Arena. Opening face-off is scheduled for 3:00 pm.
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