BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Connecticut women's hockey team swept the weekend series verse Boston University with a 1-0-win Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Huskies to 10-1 on the season giving them their best start in program history.
UConn would get on the board first as graduate student Natalie Snodgrass would steal the puck from the Boston defender and fire a shot right past the Terriers goalie for her fourth of the season. The Terriers would have a chance to tie when a tripping penalty put them on the Power Play, but the UConn defense and senior goaltender Samantha Carpentier-Yelle would kill off the penalty keeping the Terriers scoreless.
UConn looked to extend their lead on a power play late in the first period but a shot by senior Viki Harkness was turned away by the goalie. The first period would end with UConn outshooting Boston 8-4.
The second period began with both teams playing physical defense. UConn's best chance of the second period came when a 3 on 1 fast break was turned away by the Terriers goaltender. The Terriers would threaten as they peppered senior goaltender Samantha Carpentier-Yelle with shots, but she would keep Boston scoreless. Through two periods, UConn's defense had five blocked shots paired with 10 saves from Samantha Carpentier-Yelle.
Huskies dialed up the pressure in the third period which resulted in two back-to-back power play opportunities. While they couldn't convert on the power plays, the Huskies continued to attack the Boston defense. UConn would draw their fifth power play of the day with three minutes left in the third period. The power play would end, and UConn's defense would stop the final attempts from Boston.
With the win on Saturday, the Huskies improved to 10-1 on the season. The best start in program history.
Huskies will return home for an out of conference game verse Brown University November 9. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.