STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team closed out its 2016 home schedule with a 4-1 loss to Boston University Friday at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. The Huskies and the Terriers will rematch Saturday in Boston for game-two of the home-and-home series.
Junior Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.) scored UConn's only goal against BU, her fifth power play of the season, 35 seconds into the third period on a 5-on-3.
It was a close fought battle between the two breeds with shots near even 32-28 in favor of the Terriers, but faceoffs skewed in favor of the Huskies 32-20. Junior goaltender Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) finished with 28 saves on the night.
The Huskies and the Terriers played a scoreless 20 minutes to start the game and both teams were 0-1 on the power play in the first.
BU received the first the power play opportunity of the game 4:26 into the first period after UConn's Rebecca Lindblad (Winnetka, Ill.) was called for hooking. UConn did not allow a shot during that two minute penalty kill.
UConn earned a 5-on-4 advantage halfway through the first period when BU took a seat for tripping, but the Huskies couldn't capitalize. BU held a 12-7 advantage on shots after the first, but UConn hung with the Terriers to keep it 0-0 going into the break.
The Terriers wreaked havoc in the second period, scoring three unanswered goals over a 10 minute span. BU's Sammy Davis struck first 7:54 into the period after tipped-in a shot from the point.
Nina Rodgers scored the eventual game-winning goal less than five minutes after Davis gave BU a 1-0 lead. Leading scorer Mary Parker added a third on top of that to give the Terriers a 3-0 lead after the middle frame.
Despite the three-goal deficit after the second period, shots were almost even in the second period 12-11 in favor of BU.
UConn started off the third period on the power play that carried over from the end of the second, but BU was assessed another penalty 30 seconds into the third period to give the Huskies a 5-on-3 advantage.
Lum notched her fifth power play goal of the season just five seconds into the 5-on-3 power play, 35 seconds into the third period to make it 3-1 BU. That marks the second consecutive game where Lum has scored a power play goal.
The Huskies killed off back-to-back penalties in the back half of the third period to keep the score within two. UConn pulled Belanger with exactly two minutes left on the clock in hopes of closing the gap. Sophomore Kayla Mee (Stonewall, Manitoba) landed a shot on net for the Huskies on the 6-on-5 edge, but BU's Victoria Bach picked up the rebound and notched an empty net goal to secure it 4-1 for the Terriers.
The Huskies and the Terriers will close out the home-and-home series Saturday, Dec. 3 at Walter Brown Arena in Boston. Puck drop is slated for 3 p.m.