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STORRS, Conn. (Oct. 13, 2007) - Sophomore Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont.) scored one goal and added two assists as the University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team defeated the Minnesota State Mavericks, 3-2, on Saturday evening in the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
Thibault scored the game winning goal with 33.8 seconds on the clock, as her shot deflected off Maverick goaltender Britni Kehler's shoulder and went into the net. Thibault now leads the Huskies in goals and assists this season with three and five, respectively.
After shutting out the Mavericks 2-0 on Friday night, the Huskies started where they left off, attacking the Minnesota State defense in the first period, out shooting the visiting team 10-8. At 18:30 in the first period junior Nicole Tritter (Toronto, Ont.) scored her second goal of the season as she sent the puck into the back of the net. Tritter, who scored the first goal on Friday, powered her way into the Maverick defense and put the Huskies on the board. Thibault and senior co-captain Bridget King (Paxton, Mass.) earned the assists on Tritter's 11th goal of her career.
Minnesota State answered back, while also dominating play throughout the second period. The Mavericks' Kristina Bunker scored off assists by Maggie Fisher and Amanda Stohr to tie the game at one. Minnesota State added to their score as freshman Nina Tikkinen found the back of the net, unassisted, at 16:20 in the second period.
With the Huskies down 2-1 late in the third period, head coach Heather Linstad pulled Husky goaltender, Brittany Wilson (Nepeanon, Ont.) to add an extra skater to her lines. At 18:25 into the third, sophomore Amy Hollstein (Pembroke, Mass.) recorded her first goal of the season off assists by Thibault and senior co-captain Jaclyn Hawkins (Manotick, Ont.).
UConn was less than two minutes away from being handed its second loss of the season but never let up, as the Huskies took matters into their own hands. With Hollstein's goal tying the game and overtime less than 34 seconds away, the Husky offensive live stepped into action. A great clear by sophomore defender Cristin Allen (Pickering, Ont.) reached Hawkins in front of the net, which led to a bullet pass to Thibault who chipped it in for the win.
Hawkins picked up two assists on the night, bringing her career total to 52. Junior Wilson earned the win as she advances to 2-1 on the season in goal. She recorded 22 saves while allowing two goals.
Minnesota State's Kehler recorded 27 saves in the loss.
The Huskies, now 3-1-0 overall, will head out on their first road trip of the season with two non-conference games next weekend. The first stop for the Huskies will be a 3:30 p.m. match-up on Friday, Oct. 19 against St. Lawrence before traveling to Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 20 for a 4:00 p.m. start.