NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two goals from sophomore Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) helped the Huskies to a 4-1 win over Merrimack, to finish third in the 12th annual Nutmeg Classic Saturday. Sophomore Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and freshman Kayla Mee both tallied two assists in Saturday's match-up.
UConn took a 1-0 lead in the first period after Knutson put one in the back of the net 12:51 into the game off of passes from Fredette and freshman Jordy Zacharias (Winnipeg, Manitoba).
The Huskies extended their lead with two power play goals in the middle frame. Knutson struck again three minutes into the second on the man advantage to make it 2-0 early on. Fredette recorded her second assist and Mee took credit for the second helper.
The second power play goal came with less than five minutes on the clock in the second. Senior Margaret Zimmer (St. Charles, Ill.) capitalized on a five-on-four with help from Mee, her second assist of the evening, and sophomore Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.).
The Huskies took a solid 3-0 lead into the second intermission. The Warriors got on the board late in the third period, making it 3-1 with less than five minutes on the clock. Merrimack pulled its goalie with less than a minute on clock. UConn was called for a checking penalty less than 20 seconds into the 6-on-5 advantage.
UConn killed off 40 seconds of 6-on-4 play. With thirty seconds remaining in the game, senior Leah Buress (Windsor, Ont.) scored an empty-net, short-handed goal to seal the decision at 4-1.
Sophomore goaltender Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) made 18 saves in her sixth start of the season, to make her record 4-1-1 in net this year. The Huskies outshot the Warriors 34-19 and went two-for-three on the power play.
Up next, the Huskies will have a home-and-home against Boston University beginning on Saturday, Dec. 5 when UConn will host BU at 3 p.m. before the team travels to Boston on Sunday, Dec. 6 for a 3 p.m. game at the Walter Brown Arena.
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