CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The UConn women’s ice hockey team couldn’t keep up with No. 2 Boston College on Friday night at the Conte Forum, falling to the Eagles 3-0 in the opener of a weekend series against its nationally-ranked Hockey East foe.
The Huskies (4-5-3, 0-4-2 WHEA) received a 31-save performance from senior goalie Annie Belanger, but they failed to muster any offense – being outshot 34-22 in the loss.
Junior Kayla Mee recorded a team-high four shots in the contest, but it was UConn’s inability to take advantage of power play opportunities that allowed the Eagles to hang onto their three-goal edge.
BC committed three penalties in the game, amounting to six minutes in the box, but the Huskies managed just two shots on goal in that stretch of time. UConn entered the game ranking sixth in Hockey East in power play conversions (15.2-percent).
The Eagles scored twice in the first period, with just 1:09 in game time separating the tallies at 6:23 and 7:32. Erin Connolly and Caitrin Lonergan gave BC a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.
In the second period, BC freshman Daryl Watts added to the lead with a goal of her own – beating Belanger to make it 3-0. It is only the second time this season that the Huskies have been shut out in a game (0-0 tie with RPI on Nov. 4).
In the first period, the Eagles jumped out to a 15-6 lead in shots on goal – a margin the Huskies cut into with 16 shots over the final two periods.
UConn had its scoring chances, highlighted by senior captain Justine Fredette streaking toward the goal with the puck in the third period – only to have her shot deflected away by a BC defender.
The Huskies look to Saturday’s rematch with Boston College as a good opportunity for their first win in league play. Earlier this year, UConn played BC to a 2-2 tie at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
Puck drop is at 3 p.m. in Freitas. Admission is free for all women’s hockey games. Fans can skate with the Huskies after the game – for more information, visit the marketing table upon arrival.
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