Thursday, November 29, 2007
BOSTON COLLEGE TIES CONNECTICUT, 2-2
BC sophomore Kelli Stack ties game in final minute of regulation
STORRS, Conn. (Nov. 29, 2007) - The No. 9/9 University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team battled Hockey East opponent No. 10/10 Boston College to a 2-2 finish in overtime on Thursday night in the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
UConn wasted no time putting the puck into the net as senior co-captain Jaclyn Hawkins (Manotick, Ont.) scored 14 seconds into the first period to put the Huskies up 1-0. Sophomore Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont.) recorded her 12th assist of the season with the connection to Hawkins.
The Huskies quickly added to their lead as senior Liz Gallinaro (Amherst, Mass.) found Thibault in front of the net to put UConn up 2-0 at 4:35. The Huskies scored both goals on their first two shots of the game.
Boston College entered the second period with a more aggressive attack, as they out-shot the Huskies 15-2. Senior Colleen Harris recorded the Eagles' first goal of the game as she pushed a loose puck passed Husky goaltender Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont.) to bring her team to within one.
UConn struggled offensively in the second period, only recording two shots on goal but picked up its play in the third period as the Huskies out shot the Boston program 12-6. But it was Boston College who connected for the third period's lone goal as Kelli Stack found the back of the net with just 35 seconds remaining in the game.
At 18:40 UConn's Brianna Uliasz (Chalfont, Pa.) was called for interference, sending her to the penalty box as Boston College had a 6-4 player advantage, after pulling goaltender Molly Schaus to have an extra skater.
After a battle in front of the goal, the loose puck was chipped into the net, passed Wilson to tie the game at two, seconds before the game clock ran out.
In overtime, both teams recorded just one shot on goal as the Hockey East match-up ended in a 2-2 tie. With the tie, the Huskies' recorded their first tie of the season and will enter Saturday's game at Boston College with an overall record of 11-2-1 and a Hockey East mark of 4-1-1. The Eagles' record moves to 6-3-3 while they pick up their first Hockey East tie of the year with a record of 3-3-1.
Thibault finished the night with two points (1g, 1a) while Hawkins picked up her 17th point of the season. Wilson's record in goal this season moves to 7-2-1 overall while she picked up 30 saves in 65 minutes played.
Schaus made 21 stops in 63:15 minutes while she recorded 13 of those saves in the third period alone.
The Huskies will travel to Boston College on Saturday to complete this home-and-home series. The Hockey East match-up is set to start at 7:00 p.m.