ORONO, Maine – The UConn women’s ice hockey team blanked Maine, 2-0, on Sunday at Alfond Arena in the Huskies’ second conference match-up of the weekend. Freshman Kayla Mee (Winnipeg, Manitoba) scored her first career goal with the Huskies in the third period to seal the decision 2-0.
The win puts UConn at an even 6-6-2 overall record, with a 3-4 record in Hockey East play, while Maine drops to 6-9 at large and 3-7 in conference games.
The Huskies took a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the game, but the goal from sophomore Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) was ruled no good and the score was once again 0-0.
It didn’t take long for UConn to retake the lead. Senior Leah Buress (Windsor, Ont.) capitalized on a Husky power play, 13:51 into the first period, to give UConn a 1-0 lead heading into the first break. Senior Brittany Berisoff (Kelowna, B.C.) and sophomore Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) took credit on the assists.
That marked Buress’ second goal of the season, which brings her to a total five points so far this year. Berisoff’s assist was good for her third of the season for total of eight points, which is tied for first on team with Lum, who tallied herself three points this weekend after assisting on two goals against Vermont on Friday, and freshman Jordy Zacharias (Winnipeg, Manitoba), who also notched two assists against the catamounts.
The second period came and went with no penalties and no score. Despite Maine outshooting UConn 14-8 in the middle frame, UConn held onto its 1-0 lead through to the start of the third period.
Mee added on the insurance goal, her first goal in her inaugural season with the Huskies, early into the third to take a 2-0 lead over the Black Bears. UConn held Maine to over ten remaining minutes of scoreless play to come out on top 2-0.
Maine may have outshot UConn 38-21, but senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) stopped all 38 shots for her third shutout of the season and to improve to 3-5-1 in net.
UConn will participate in the Nutmeg Classic on Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28. The Huskies will take on Quinnipiac on Friday, and either Yale or Merrimack on Saturday depending on Friday’s outcomes. Both games will be played at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn, however the times of both games have yet to be determined.
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