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STORRS, Conn. - Prior to the No. 8/9 University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team's 2-1 win over Maine on Saturday afternoon, the team presented associate commissioner of the Hockey East, Kathy Wynters, and the President of the Friend's of Mel Foundation, Pauline Alghieri, with a check for $9,000. Senior captain Amy Hollstein (Pembroke, Mass.), assistant captains Cristin Allen (Pickering, Ont.), Michelle Binning (Oshawa, Ont.), Jody Sydor (St. Alberta, Alta.) as well as junior Jessica Lutz (Rockville, Md.) were part of the pre-game presentation.
Maine struck first in the regular-season series finale as Kaitilin Zeek got one past sophomore Alexandra Garcia (Pointe-Claire, Que.) a mere 4:18 into the first period. Brittany Dougherty had the assist on Zeek's first goal of the season, giving the Black Bears (6-13-5, 3-8-3-1) an early 1-0 edge.
Sophomore Rebecca Hewett (Oak Bluff, Man.) and Allen set up junior Jennifer Chaisson (Cumberland, Ont.) on the power play to tie the game, 1-1. It was Chaisson's fourth power-play goal of the season and 10th overall. UConn (15-6-5, 6-3-4-1) narrowly out-shot Maine (10-7) in the opening stanza and entered the locker room in the first intermission with the game knotted up (1-1).
Despite a 17-6 advantage in shots on goal, the game remained tied as Maine's Brittany Ott kept the Black Bears in contention through the second period. She did the same through much of the third period as well and finished the game with 35 saves.
With the better part of the final period of regulation remaining, Hewett rocked a shot from the face-off circle that freshman Casey Knajdek (Woodbury, Minn.) effectively redirected past Ott for the 2-1 edge. Allen also had an assist on the goal that gave UConn the final lead of the game. It was the second power-play goal of the game for the Huskies and the first such goal of Knajdek's career.
The 2-1 win extends the Huskies' unbeaten streak to seven games and their winning streak to six.
The Huskies' season resumes Hockey East action when they travel to Boston University on Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. Following their brief trip to the Bay State, the Huskies host Vermont in a regular-season series finale at Freitas Ice Forum. UConn faces off against the Catamounts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30.
- In addition to an overall seven game unbeaten streak, the Huskies are unbeaten in the last six Hockey East games dating back to an overall tie and conference victory against Boston University.
- UConn has not lost to Maine since Feb. 4, 2006 at Mark Edward Freitas and with the win on Saturday possess a 16-10-2 advantage in the all-time series.
- Jennifer Chaisson is on a six-game winning streak after a three-point weekend (1G, 2A) against Maine.
- The last time the Huskies had two power-lay goals in a game was when Michelle Binning scored two with the manadvantage against Dartmouth on Jan. 3, 2010.