STORRS, Conn. (February 16, 2008) - Sophomore Amy Hollstein (Pembroke, Mass.) recorded the game-winning goal with 36 seconds left in overtime as the No. 8/8 University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team defeated Boston University 2-1 in the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum on Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies improve to 19-5-5 overall and 10-3-3 in league play, while Boston University falls to 13-13-3 and 8-6-2 in the Hockey East.
After a scoreless first period, the Huskies found the back of the net at the 10:08 mark in the second period to go ahead 1-0. Junior Samantha Reid (Innisfil, Ont.) recorded her sixth goal of the season as she chipped in the puck past Terrier goaltender Allyse Wilcox to put the Huskies on top. Junior Nicole Tritter (Toronto, Ont.) and sophomore Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont.) earned the assists on the play.
Boston answered back in the third period as Laurel Koller netted a power-play goal to tie the game at one at the 9:44 mark to eventually send the game into overtime.
With the clock ticking down in the overtime period, UConn picked up its momentum, led by Hollstein, the Hockey East's TPS Hockey Player of the Week. Hollstein fired a shot past Wilcox to end the game in the Huskies' favor.
Thibault added an assist on the play, recording her 19th assist this season. Senior co-captain Jaclyn Hawkins (Manotick, Ont.) recorded her program-leading 20th assist of the season with the pass on the game-winning goal.
Junior Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont.) ended the game with 20 saves in goal while posting her 13th victory of the year while Wilcox finished today's game with 16 stops.
Today's game was a part of Hockey Eastís league-wide Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer Day. UConn presented a check for $7,500 prior to the game for breast cancer research that was raised throughout the season for today's special event. The funds will be donated to the American Cancer Society and the Friends of Mel Foundation. Today, the Huskies donned commemorative pink warm-up jerseys for pre-game warm-ups while many athletes used pink composite sticks courtesy of league sponsor TPS Hockey. Autographed jerseys and sticks were raffled off after the game as both teams took part in an autograph session for fans. Patrons also donated to breast cancer research at the door and hung pink skates in the Freitas Ice Forum lobby with their name on it to show their support of the event.
UConn will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 17 as the Huskies travel to Boston University for a 3:00 p.m. Hockey East match-up to conclude the weekend league series.