BOSTON – The UConn women’s ice hockey team battled back, but ultimately fell short of BU 4-3 on Sunday, in the second game of the series. Freshman Jordy Zacharias tallied two goals against the Terriers to finish off the weekend with three points total.
Sophomores Theresa Knutson (Onalaska, Wis.) added a goal and an assist this game to total six points against BU while classmate Justine Fredette (Winnipeg, Manitoba) recorded an assist to finish with five in this two-game series.
The Huskies move to 7-8-3 overall with a 3-5-1 conference showing while BU improves to 12-7-1 and 9-3-1 in Hockey East play.
The Terriers struck early on when Kayla Tutino scored 37 seconds into the game to give BU a 1-0 lead right off the bat.
Zacharias tied things up halfway through the first when she notched her fifth goal of the season off a pass from senior Caitlin Hewes (Stillwater, Minn.). BU took the lead again just three minutes later when Sarah Lefort scored on a short-handed breakaway to make it 2-1 heading into the first intermission.
The start of the second period was déjà vu of the first when Victoria Bach of BU beat UConn goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) glove side 35 seconds in on a delayed penalty to make it 3-1 right out of the break.
UConn capitalized on the power play late in the second period when Knutson scored her third goal and fifth point of the weekend to close the gap to 3-2 with just over five minutes left in the middle frame. Freshman Jamie Fox (Unionville, Ont.) passed the puck off to Fredette, who gave it to Knutson in the slot to finish the job.
The Huskies still trailed the Terriers 3-2 at the start of the third. Zacharias nailed a one-timer, her second equalizer of the game, off a pass from Knutson make it 3-3 with 7:24 left on the clock in the third. The even score was quickly snapped by BU who answered with a goal less than a minute later to claim it 4-3.
BU outshot UConn 37-23, but both teams recorded seven shots in the third period. Chuli recorded 33 stops against the Terriers and moves to 3-7-1 overall.
The Huskies will have the remainder of the year off and will resume play on the road on Tuesday, Jan. 5 against Northeastern. The time of that game has yet to be determined. The Huskies will return home to the Freitas Ice Forum on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. to play their half of the home-and-home against Merrimack.
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