BOSTON – Theresa Knutson and Emily Snodgrass scored for the UConn women’s hockey team in a 4-2 setback at No. 6 Boston University on Sunday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena. The loss drops the Huskies to 3-7-5 on the year and 0-3-2 in Hockey East play, while the Terriers improve to 8-3-1 and 5-2-0 in league action.
The goal for Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) came in the first period to cut an early two-goal lead for BU in half, while Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) scored her UConn-best seventh goal of the season in the third period to keep the Huskies alive late. BU received a pair of goals from Marie Philip-Poulin and two assists from Sarah Lefort, holding a 30-16 edge in shots. The Terriers went 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Huskies were 0-for-8 with the advantage.
In goal, Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) made 26 saves for the Huskies, and Victoria Hanson stopped 14 shots for the Terriers.
Poulin scored her first goal of the day on the power play, striking just 2:51 into the contest. The Terriers got another goal just shy of the midway point of the first period, with Sarah Steele connecting to put BU up by a pair.
Barely a minute after BU took its 2-0 lead, the Huskies sliced into the advantage with Knutson’s goal. Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) played the puck into the BU zone for Knutson with space, before the freshman rifled a shot from the left circle into the top right corner of the cage for her fifth strike of the season.
The Terriers stretched the lead back to two with less than three minutes remaining in the opening stanza when Poulin scored a shorthanded goal for her second of the game. BU took its 3-1 lead into the first intermission, then tacked on another with a Victoria Bach goal at 4:50 of the second frame to go up 4-1 after two periods.
A flurry of penalties gave the Huskies a brief 5-on-3 advantage early in the third period, but they were unable to connect. The Huskies pulled within two at 13:18 of the final frame thanks to a tremendous individual effort from Snodgrass. After combining with Kelly Harris (Canton, Mich.) to force a turnover on the side-wall, the senior fought off a pair of defenders to work central before snapping off a shot from the slot for her seventh tally of the year.
The Huskies called timeout with just over three minutes remaining and pulled Belanger in the final minute, but couldn’t come up with another goal.
Up next, the Huskies continue Hockey East play when they skate in a home-and-home series with No. 1 Boston College. UConn will take on BC on Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in Chestnut Hill, Mass. before a Saturday, Nov. 22 match-up at 3 p.m. in Storrs.
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