STORRS, Conn. (February 16, 2007) – Two first period goals by Sam Faber held up as the No. 10 University of Connecticut women’s hockey team fell, 2-1, to No. 4 New Hampshire on Friday night at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.
UConn saw its school-record five-game league winning streak halted as the Huskies dip to 17-12-2 overall and 12-5-1 in Hockey East play. With the win, UNH improves to 23-3-4 overall and 15-1-1 in Hockey East play, clinching the conference’s regular season title.
Faber opened the scoring 4:31 into the game as she broke down the right wing and skated in on the net for a goal. Faber struck again at 17:42 when she finished off a 3-on-1 break with her linemates Kelly Paton and Micaela Long.
The 2-0 score would hold up until midway through the third period when senior defenseman Natalie Vibert (Thunder Bay, Ont.) got the Huskies on the board. Vibert collected the puck in her own zone from junior forward Britney Chandler (Pickering, Ont.) and skated the length of the ice, eventually beating UNH goaltender Melissa Bourdon with a short wrist shot through the five-hole with 7:23 remaining in regulation. The goal was the eighth of the year for Vibert which ties the school record that she set in 2004-05 for goals in a season by a blueliner.
UNH had a comfortable territorial advantage in the contest as evidenced by the Wildcats’ 34-12 edge in shots on goal. Sophomore Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont.) stopped 32 of those shots in the UConn net while Bourdon stopped 11 shots for UNH.
UConn returns to action on Sunday when the Huskies head to UNH for a 2:00 p.m. game.
Natalie Vibert keeps the puck away from UNH's Leah Craig.