BOSTON - The Boston University womenís ice hockey team suffered its third straight loss Saturday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena, falling to Connecticut 2-0. The Terriers (6-3-0, 2-3-0 HE) outshot Connecticut (8-3-0, 5-0-0 HE), but were unable to find the back of the net. The visiting team recorded a goal in both the first and second period and went 1-for-5 on the power play to pick up its fifth consecutive Hockey East win.
Connecticut opened scoring in the first period while on its first power play of the game. At 9:18 freshman Jonnie Bloemers (Brooklyn Center, Minn.) was called for tripping, giving UConn the player advantage for two minutes. With less than 20 seconds left on the penalty, UConnís Natalie Vibert scored her third goal of the year at 11:02, off of a pass from Nicole Tritter. The Huskies ended the first period up 1-0.
During the first intermission the 1980-81 BU womenís ice hockey club team was honored for capturing the 1981 Beanpot title. The team defeated Division I Northeastern in the first round 4-0 before facing Boston College in the championship game. The team downed the Eagles 4-0 in the game to win its first Beanpot championship. Members of the team were presented with an engraved silver platter.
Both teams picked up physical play in the second period as BU attempted to even the score. However, with 9:15 gone in the period, the Huskies increased their lead to two. During an initial save, sophomore Allyse Wilcox (Grand Blanc, Mich.) trapped the puck underneath her pad, waiting for a whistle. Before play was stopped, UConnís Katherine Van Deveire made contact with the puck and pushed it past Wilcox for the 2-0 lead.
The BU defense and Wilcox stonewalled the Huskies in the third period, keeping the game within two. Despite three power-play opportunities, BU was unable to convert and fell to UConn. The team went 0-for-5 on power-play conversions. Wilcox ended the game with 21 saves. With the win, UConn remains the sole team to remain perfect in Hockey East.
The Terriers continue conference play Sunday afternoon, facing Vermont at 4:00 p.m. in Burlington. The two teams faced off earlier in the season, with BU picking up back-to-back shutouts and outscoring the Catamounts 7-0.