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Women's Hockey Dominates Northeastern, 10-1

STORRS, Conn. (January 29, 2006) - Freshman Kristen Russell (Dauphin, Manitoba) tallied four points and three other Huskies had three points as the University of Connecticut women's ice hockey defeated Northeastern, 10-1, on Sunday afternoon in the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. Eight different Huskies scored in the UConn victory, which was the largest margin of victory and number of goals scored against a Hockey East opponent for the Huskies.

With the win, UConn is now 10-16-1 overall and 8-6-0 against Hockey East competition. Northeastern falls to 4-20-1 overall and 3-13-1 against league opponents.

Junior Katherine Van Deveire (Brandon, Manitoba) got things started offensively for UConn when she connected off of the rebound of a shot by sophomore Liz Gallinaro (Amherst, Mass.) by way of sophomore Bridget King (Paxton, Mass.) to put UConn on the board 4:54 into the first period. The Huskies lead increased to two at the 9:05 mark in the stanza when freshman Brianna Uliasz (Chalfont, Pa.) sent the puck down the ice to a streaking Russell, who was returning from the penalty box. Connecticut closed out the scoring in the first period just over a minute later, when senior Janelle Armitage (Kinsella, Alberta) found the back of the net at the 10:14 point to put UConn up 3-0. She was assisted by Gallinaro on the power play score.

The second period saw more of the same from the Huskies, as Uliasz took a pass from sophomore Jaclyn Hawkins (Manotick, Ontario) to connect with the back of the net just 4:04 into the stanza. Van Deveire was also credited with an assist on the goal. The lead increased to five goals just 1:19 later when junior Leslie Hurlburt (Markham, Ontario) took a rebound of a shot by freshman Nicole Tritter (Toronto, Ontario) by way of junior Alicia Ramolla (Barrie, Ontario) to score 5:23 into the period.

The ice was quiet for a little while before junior Natalie Vibert (Thunder Bay, Ontario) grabbed the puck from a Northeastern forward and took the puck up the ice herself to score at the 10:07 mark. Hawkins closed out the UConn scoring in the second period with a goal at the 16:43 point. She was assisted by Van Deveire and Russell.

It looked like that might be enough offense for the afternoon entering the third period, but Hurlburt had something to say about that, as she tallied her second goal of the game at the 11:46 mark in the stanza off a pass from Tritter.

Just four minutes later, Hawkins plucked the puck away from a Northeastern defender at the blueline and headed toward the goal. With two defenders closing in on her, the sophomore dropped a pass back to the trailing Russell at the top of the crease, who then neatly deposited the puck in the right corner of the net for her second goal of the game at the 15:49 point. Sophomore Britney Chandler (Pickering, Ontario) closed out the scoring for the Huskies with just 39 seconds remaining in play off of feeds from Hurlburt and Russell.

Northeasterns lone goal came at the 11:47 point in the second period and was scored by Nikki Petrich with an assist by Chrissy Sands.

For the game, Northeastern out-shot UConn, 30-22. Connecticut was 1-for-5 on the power play while Northeastern went 0-for-4 with the man advantage. Freshman Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ontario) had 29 saves and the win for UConn while Marisa Hourihan took the loss for Northeastern. All three of Northeastern's goalies saw action in the contest.

The Huskies will be in action next on Saturday, Feb. 4 when they host Maine in the Mark Eward Freitas Ice Forum. The puck is set to drop at 2:00 p.m.