WORCESTER, Mass. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team won 3-0 against Holy Cross in the regular season finale, shutting out Holy Cross on Friday night and Saturday night.
The Huskies finish off the regular season going 18-12-4 overall and 12-11-4 in Hockey East play. The buzzer beater goal by Carlie Magier in the first period would help UConn keep Holy Cross out of reach and secure the momentum throughout the game.
Period 1: UConn and Holy Cross would keep a close fight to start out the first period. Both defenses would make crucial stops throughout the period limiting to 10 total shots on goal for both teams. Then, the Huskies would find a glimpse of a breakthrough as senior captain Coryn Tormala would tap in the first goal with two minutes left in the first with the setup by Ainsley Svetek and Ava Rinker. Soon after, before the first period buzzer would sound, Carlie Magier would get a stick on it by a rocketing delivery by Ava Rinker. UConn ended the first period with a two-goal lead against Holy Cross.
Period 2: The Huskies would start the second period coming out swinging, pouring on 19 additional shots on goal. UConn would earn two power play advantages, but the Crusaders would kill both penalties. Then, Kathryn Stockdale would add a third goal for UConn with a beautiful setup by Rinker and Svetek for a second time in the game. The Huskies would remain up three at 3-0 after the second period.
Period 3: Defensive pressure would carry out in the third period from UConn limiting Holy Cross to only six shots on goal. The Crusaders would earn a power play with a tripping penalty on Kate Thurman; however, the Huskies would hold them off and get the penalty kill. UConn would keep the score at 3-0 to shut out the Crusaders and get the weekend home and home series sweep.
The Huskies will look ahead to the Hockey East Tournament that begins on Wednesday, Feb. 22. UConn will play in the quarterfinals round as the visitors on Saturday, Feb. 25 against Boston College. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. EST.