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Freshmen Forwards Lead UConn Over Northeastern, 2-1

BOSTON, Mass. (January 28, 2005) - Freshman forwards Britney Chandler (Pickering, Ontario) and Jaclyn Hawkins (Manotick, Ontario) both scored goals to lead the University of Connecticut women's hockey team over Northeastern by a score of 2-1 in Hockey East action on Friday night. The win improves UConn to 8-10-5 overall, 4-4-1 in conference games. Northeastern drops to 3-18-1 (2-9-0 Hockey East).

All the scoring in the game came in a span of 4:45 in the second period. After a scoreless first in which UConn out-shot Northeastern 15-8, Connecticut opened the scoring in the second stanza. Chandler notched her first career goal at 9:17 while on the power play. Senior Megan McLeod (Livonia, Mich.) and sophomore Natalie Vibert (Thunder Bay, Ontario) were both awarded assists on the goal.

For McLeod, the helper was her team-high 12th of the season while Vibert tallied her fifth. With the goal by Chandler, now all four freshmen skaters have lit the lamp in their first season with the Huskies.

Northeastern quickly knotted the game at 1-1 just 2:12 later. Jessica Coppney scored on a feed by Ashley Bielawski to tie the game at 11:29.

Hawkins finished the scoring flurry at 14:02. On an unassisted goal, Hawkins put UConn up 2-1, a one-goal lead that would hold throughout the remaining minutes of the second and third periods. The goal extended Hawkins' team-high total to 12.

For the game, Connecticut had a 44-32 advantage in shots over Northeastern. UConn had a season-high 23 shots on goal during the power play, 14 alone in the second period. UConn was 1-for-6 with the man advantage, with a perfect 4-for-4 performance on the penalty kill.

Junior goaltender and Hockey East Player of the Week Kaitlyn Shain (Calgary, Alberta) continued her strong play of late, stopping 31 of 32 shots faced to improve to 4-6-1 on the season.

Connecticut and Northeastern will conclude their weekend series on Saturday, Jan. 29 with a 7:00 p.m. game at the Freitas Ice Forum on the Storrs campus.