Friday, December 4, 2009
CONNECTICUT EDGES BOSTON UNIVERSITY, 4-3
Sophomore Sami Evelyn scores twice for Huskies
STORRS, Conn. - The final home game for the University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team of the semester was a successful one as the power-play aided the Huskies in their 4-3 victory over No. 10 Boston University on Friday at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. Sophomore Sami Evelyn (Nepean, Ont.) scored the first of her two goals on the power-play while last year's leader in power-play goals, senior assistant captain Michelle Binning (Oshawa, Ont.) scored her seventh of the season against the Terriers.
Both of Evelyn's goals were part of a four-goal rally in the second and third periods by the Huskies, overcoming an early deficit in the game.
Jenelle Kohanchuk scored a mere 22 seconds into the second period to give the Terriers a 2-0 edge before junior Jennifer Chaisson (Cumberland, Ont.) assisted her first of two goals at 5:33. Freshman Kelly Horan (Methuen, Mass.) scored her second of the year with the help of Chaisson to bring UConn within one goal of Boston University (2-1).
Chaisson set up Evelyn's power-play goal that tied the game (2-2) at 12:31. The tide turned in favor of the Huskies as they outshot the Terriers 14-5 in the second period searching for the go-ahead goal that came with less than five minutes remaining in the second. Binning scored with an assist from Horan, marking the second-consecutive UConn power-play goal of the night.
The Huskies entered the final intermission with a 3-2 advantage while a late UConn penalty placed the Terriers on the power play to start the third. UConn thwarted any Boston University attempts, holding the Terriers 0-for-4 on the power play.
Senior assistant captain Cristin Allen (Pickering, Ont.) recorded her team-best 10th assist on Evelyn's second mark of the night. Just under the two-minute mark of the third period, the sophomore defender gave the Huskies a lead they would not relinquish.
Boston University did get on the board with Jillian Kirchner scoring off of Lauren Cherewyk's third assist on Friday for the 4-3 final.
With 15 saves, sophomore Alexandra Garcia (Pointe-Claire, Que.) improves to 5-4-3 in goal while Bu's Melissa Haber falls to 6-4-3. Haber turned aside 32 of UConn's 36 shots on goal, marking the 10th time in the last 12 games that the Huskies have outshot their opposition.
UConn makes the short trip to Walter Brown Arena on Saturday for a 3 p.m. face-off against the Terriers. Live online video is available for the game as part of a special pay-per-view event. The special presentation is available live and on-demand via Internet video streaming for a one-time payment of $7.95. To view the video stream, please click here. Annual and monthly subscribers to HuskyVision All-Access will have to purchase the stream as a pay-per-view. Gametracker is also available via UConnHuskies.com.
- No. 10 Boston University marks the fifth nationally-ranked opponent the Huskies have faced this season as they now have a 2-3-0 record against opponents ranked in the top-10.
- With a pair of power-play goals on Friday, this is the second time this season the Huskies have scored two power-play goals in back-to-back games. UConn netted a pair with the man advantage against Yale (Nov. 27). The Huskies have scored twice on the power play in four games this season.
- This is the second-consecutive season that the Huskies have started the regular-season series against Boston University with a win. UConn started last season's three-game series with the Terriers with a 3-0 win at home on Jan. 10.