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Women's Hockey Defeats Maine, 5-1

STORRS, Conn. (February 4, 2006) - Sophomore Jaclyn Hawkins (Manotick, Ontario) had four points as the University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team defeated Maine, 5-1, in the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Huskies improve to 11-16-1 overall and 9-6-0 in Hockey East play. Maine is now 12-6-6 overall and 4-6-4 against league opponents.

UConn got on the board first when junior Natalie Vibert (Thunder Bay, Ontario) connected off passes from Hawkins and junior Alicia Ramolla (Barrie, Ontario) 5:51 into the first period. The power play goal was her second score of the season. The Black Bears tied the game at the 16:42 point on a goal from Brigitte Laflamme.

The game-winner came in the early moments of the second period, as junior Katherine Van Deveire (Brandon, Manitoba) scored the Huskies second goal of the game 5:26 into the stanza. She was assisted by Hawkins and freshman Kristen Russell (Dauphin, Manitoba) on the goal. Van Deveire and Hawkins teamed up again later in the period, as Van Deveire tallied her second goal of the game at the 15:22 point off of a pass from Hawkins. UConn was shorthanded at the time of the score.

Hawkins got in on the scoring action herself to open the third period, picking up her team-leading 12th goal of the season just 28 seconds into the stanza. She was unassisted on the shorthanded goal. Sophomore Liz Gallinaro (Amherst, Mass.) wrapped up the UConn offense at the 11:03 mark in the closing period, scoring on the power play. Sophomore Bridget King (Paxton, Mass.) and senior Janelle Armitage (Kinsella, Alberta) assisted on the goal.

For the game, Maine out-shot UConn, 20-19. The Huskies were 2-for-6 on the power play while the Black Bears were 0-for-5 with the man advantage. Senior Kaitlyn Shain (Calgary, Alberta) had 19 saves in goal for the Huskies while taking the win. Genevieve Turgeon had 14 saves while taking the loss for Maine.

The two teams will close out the season series on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.