PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Leah Lum scored her fifth goal of the season on Saturday night, but the UConn women’s ice hockey team could not replicate the competitiveness it showed on Friday night – dropping a 4-1 decision to No. 10 Providence at Schneider Arena.
The Huskies (4-6-7, 0-5-4 WHEA) tied the nationally-ranked Friars at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Friday, but were overmatched on Saturday – falling in Hockey East action.
Senior goalie Annie Belanger made 18 saves in the loss, as Providence tallied goals in all three periods – including a pair of goals in the third to put the game out of reach. Blair Parent and Maureen Murphy each scored twice for the Friars.
UConn had four power plays throughout the game, but could not take advantage, despite mustering 10 shots on target in Providence’s eight minutes of penalty time. The Huskies killed off their sole penalty of the game.
The Huskies held a 34-22 shots advantage, but did not capitalize – with Providence goalie Madison Myers making 33 saves in the winning effort. Senior Justine Fredette racked-up nine shots, while freshman Natalie Snodgrass added six.
Providence got on the board in the first period, with Murphy getting her first tally at 12:21. In the second period, Parent extended the lead to 3-0 after goals at 10:03 and 1:40 – despite UConn outshooting the Friars, 12-3.
Lum connected on her score at 13:45 in the third period, with assists from Snodgrass and freshman Carley Olivier. Murphy added one more score in the final minutes for the Friars, resulting in the 4-1 final.
Providence improves to 33-16-7 in the all-time series with the Huskies. The two programs will meet again on Feb. 3 in Storrs.
One game remains for the Huskies before a three-week winter break from Dec. 9-30. Hockey East opponent New Hampshire visits Freitas on Friday night at 7 p.m., as UConn looks for its first league win of the season.
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