Saturday, October 27, 2007
UConn Earns Seventh Straight Victory with 5-3 Win Over Northeastern
Dominique Thibault posts two goals and assist for UCnnn
BOSTON, Mass. (Oct. 27, 2007) - Sophomore Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont.) scored two goals and added an assist as she led the No. 8 University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team past Northeastern University 5-3 in the Mathews Arena in Boston, Mass.
With the win, UConn improves to 7-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 in Hockey East play. The Connecticut Huskies, who are currently on a program-best, seven game winning streak, scored three goals in the second period to take a lead that withstood throughout the entire game.
Northeastern's Lindsay Berman scored her second goal of the season less than one minute into play. But four minutes later the Huskies answered with a Thibault goal as junior Nicole Tritter (Toronto, Ont.) dished out her fourth assist of the season.
The second period was 20 minutes of play completely controlled by the Huskies, as they scored three times while out shooting Northeastern 12-8. Brianna Uliasz (Chalfont, Pa.) scored her first goal of the year and earned her first point of the season as she found the back of the net seven and a half minutes into the second period of play. A minute later Tritter knocked in her fourth goal of the year from passes by Thibault and senior Jaclyn Hawkins (Manotick, Ont.). Hawkins ended the afternoon with three assists for the Huskies.
Freshman Jody Sydor (St. Albert, Alta.) added to the UConn lead as she found the back of the net with five seconds left in the second period. The goal marked her second of the season.
With a 4-2 lead going into the third period of play, Thibault recorded a shorthanded goal at 18:53 for the Huskies, to secure a UConn victory. With assists on both the Sydor and Thibault goals, Hawkins brings her tally to a program-best, nine assists so far this season. Thibault and Hawkins earned Three Star honors as Thibault was the top player selected with Hawkins at the second spot.
Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont.) recorded 29 saves in goal, while picking up 13 in the first period. With the win, her record improves to 5-1-0 on the season while Northeastern's Leah Sulyma drops to 0-3-1 overall this year.
UConn will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 31 for a non-conference game at Rensselear. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.