STORRS, Conn. (December 5, 2006) – Kristen Russell scored with 3:14 to play in the game, lifting the University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team to a 3-2 win over No. 5 Harvard on Tuesday night at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs. The win, which came on the heels of a 4-2 win over No. 9 Boston College on Saturday in Chestnut Hill, lifts the Huskies to 11-4-1 on the year while the Crimson slips to 11-2-0.
UConn scored first when Jaclyn Hawkins tallied on the power play at the 17:39 mark of the first period when Katherine Van Deveire slipped the puck across the crease, giving Hawkins an open far side to shoot at that the program's all-time leading scorer would not miss.
The Crimson tied the score 7:01 into the second period on Randi Griffin's goal but the Huskies got the equalizer just one minute and eight seconds later from freshman Dominique Thibault.
Harvard tied the score at the 14:36 mark of the third period when, on the power play, Jenny Brine centered a pass from behind the net to Sarah Wilson in the slot for the game-tying goal. The final few minutes were played at a fast pace and featured quality scoring chances for each team. Finally, at 16:46, Russell would secure UConn's victory. Britney Chandler took a high shot from the face off circle which hit off of the shoulder of Harvard netminder Brittany Martin. The puck fell to the ice in front of the net and, just before Martin could cover it up for a face off, Russell snuck her stick in to poke it home for the game-winning goal.
Tested often in the game, making 25 saves in all, UConn goaltender Brittany Wilson made some solid saves down the stretch to secure the Husky win.
The only other time that UConn has ever defeated ranked teams in consecutive games was on Feb. 12-13, 2005 when the Huskies swept a weekend series against No. 10 Providence. The Huskies continued that roll the following weekend, recording a tie and a win against No. 8 New Hampshire on Feb. 19-20. Tonight's win was UConn's first ever in five meetings against the always-potent Crimson. The Huskies also now have a win this season over each of the four "Beanpot schools," Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern.
The Huskies will take the next three weeks off for exams and break, returning to the ice on Dec. 29 when they travel to Yale to open play in the annual Nutmeg Classic.