NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Oct. 31) - Junior defenseman Jennifer Houlden (Richmond Hill, Ont.) scored with 39 seconds remaining in regulation as the University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team defeated Yale by a score of 2-1 Sunday afternoon in New Haven, Conn. With the win, the Huskies swept the Nutmeg Classic besting both the Bulldogs and Quinnipiac to go 2-0 in the event. UConn is now 2-3-0 (0-1-0 Hockey East), while Yale moved to 1-1-0 on the season.
With the game scoreless after one period, Yale scored 7:30 into the second stanza. Jenna Spring of the Bulldogs tallied the power play goal to give Yale a 1-0 lead. UConn answered back with just 1:10 left in the period as senior forward Tiffany Owens (Novi, Mich.) tallied her fourth goal of the season and second of the weekend to knot the score at 1-1 going into the second intermission. Owens was assisted by freshman Britney Chandler (Pickering, Ontario), her second helper of the weekend and the season, and sophomore Natalie Vibert (Thunder Bay, Ontario), who also tallied her second assist of the year.
The game remained tied as time was expiring in the third period when Houlden notched her first goal of the season for the 2-1 UConn victory. On the goal, freshman Jaclyn Hawkins (Manotick, Ontario) tallied her second assist on the weekend while sophomore Leslie Hurlburt (Markham, Ontario) collected her first point of the year with the second assist.
For the game, Yale out-shot the Huskies 38-24. UConn was 0-for-8 on the power play while Yale was 1-for-6.
Senior goaltender Shannon Murphy (Mapleville, R.I.) stopped 37 of 38 shots to move to 2-1-0. For the tournament, Murphy stopped 55 of 57 shots to earn the Laurie Beliveau award for highest save percentage (.965) in the Nutmeg Classic. Owens also received recognition for her efforts and was selected the MVP of the tournament. Owens scored two goals and an assist on the weekend.
Connecticut will return to action Friday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m. when they travel to Boston College for their second Hockey East match-up of the season. The series will then conclude Sunday, Nov. 7 with a 2:00 p.m. game at Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs, Conn.