CONNECTICUT DEFEATED BY ROBERT MORRIS, 3-1
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team returned to the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum for the first time during 2011 this afternoon and fell to Robert Morris, 3-1 with Jennifer Chaisson (Cumberland, Ont.) recording the lone UConn goal during the contest.
The Colonials managed to get out to a 2-0 lead after the first 25 minutes of action, posting a goal late in the first period and one early in the second. Both goals came from RMU's Brianna Delaney, with her score at the 5:08 mark of the second period eventually becoming the game-winner.
Chaisson was able to bring the Huskies to within one at the 11:42 mark of the second frame when she knocked the puck down into the net from the right corner. Stephanie Raithby (London, Ont.) sent a shot towards the net and Rebecca Hewett (Oak Bluff, Manitoba) kept the play alive when she sent the puck to Chaisson from the bottom of the left faceoff circle. The goal was the fourth of the season for Chaisson, while it marked the third and sixth assists for Raithby and Hewett respectively.
The final goal of the game came in the opening minutes of the final period when RMU's Thea Imbrogno posted her sixth goal of the season, taking advantage of the extra skater on the Colonial power play.
Sami Evelyn (Nepean, Ont.) posted UConn's first scoring opportunity during the opening frame when she hit the pipe after drilling a shot at the net from the right faceoff circle. The Huskies also had another scoring opportunity during the middle of the third period when they earned a 5-on-3 advantage, but managed just three shots during the span and were unable to capitalize.
The Colonials and the Huskies were even in shots on the day with each team posting 19, while RMU's Meeri Raisanen made 18 saves and Alexandra Garcia (Pointe-Claire, Que.) recorded 16 for UConn.
The Huskies will match-up against the Colonials again tomorrow (Jan. 9) in the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum, with action starting at 1:00 p.m. Following Sunday's game the Huskies will be hosting their second "Skate With The Huskies" event of the season. Fans can stick around after the game and join the women's ice hockey team in a FREE open skate!