Women's Hockey: UNH falls to UConn, 3-1
The UNH women's hockey team lost 3-1 to Connecticut Sunday afternoon, bringing their record to 9-18-2, 4-11-2 in Hockey East.
The loss mathematically eliminated the Wildcats from hosting in the Hockey East Tournament this year.
The game winning goal came at 19:23 of the second period during a Huskies power play. UConn's Sarah MacDonnell held the puck in open ice at the top of the left faceoff circle and shot. The puck darted low through traffic, passing UNH goaltender Ashley Wilkes' front and into the lower right side of the net. This made the score 2-1.
UNH forward Cassandra Vilgrain scored the first goal of the game on a power play 11:23 into the first period. It was her ninth of the year. UNH defenseman Jess Ryan threw a puck from the high slot towards the goal. The puck bounced off the left UConn defender and across to the right side. Vilgrain, who was in the slot facing away from the goal, spun around and found the puck. Her spin took her off her feet, but she managed to knock the puck past UConn goaltender Elaine Chuli as she dove with the momentum of the shot, making the score 1-0.
At that point in the game, it appeared that the Wildcats might be able to overmatch the Huskies. By the 4:30 mark, they had outshot UConn 14-4.
The Huskies tied the game 4:31 into the second period. A shot by UConn forward Emily Snodgrass from the left faceoff circle bounced off of Wilkes' pad. The puck landed in front of Ryan, who was standing in the slot, but UConn forward Brittany Berisoff skated swiftly to the puck before the UNH defenseman could see it. Wilkes was still on her knees on the left side of the goal where'd she'd made the save, leaving the right side wide open for Berisoff's shot, which she buried to make the score 1-1.
UConn forward Michela Cava scored a third goal for the Huskies 7:39 minutes into the third period. UConn defenseman Kiana Nauheim took a shot from the blue line, which was deflected by down in front of Wilkes, making the final score of 3-1.
UNH hosts two games next weekend against Vermont. Both Saturday's and Sunday's games start at 2 p.m.
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