ERIE, Pa. — Junior Jaclyn Hawkins (Manotick, Ont.) scored twice in the third period and sophomore Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont.) made 46 saves, including 10 in overtime, as the University of Connecticut women’s hockey team skated to a 3-3 draw against No. 1 Mercyhurst on Friday afternoon at the Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pa.
With the tie, UConn now stands at 12-9-2 on the year and 3-3-1 against top 10 competition. The Lakers move to 20-1-2. UConn had never previously taken so much as one point from the top ranked team in the country. UConn’s highest-ever ranked win just came on Saturday, Jan. 13, when the Huskies dropped No. 4 Dartmouth 4-2. The Huskies played to today’s draw despite being outshot by the Lakers 49-24 in the game.
Meghan Agosta, the nation’s third leading scorer, opened the day’s scoring on the power play at the 9:21 mark of the first period for her 40th point of the season. The Huskies would not let the homestanding Lakers lead for long though as freshman Amy Hollstein (Pembroke, Mass.) knotted the score at a goal apiece, scoring at 15:46 of the opening stanza. Hawkins assisted on the goal, the first of a three-point day for her, while freshman Michelle Binning (Oshawa, Ont.) also picked up a helper on the Hollstein goal. Mercyhurst took a 2-1 advantage before the end of the opening stanza when Valerie Chouinard notched her 20th goal of the year at 18:44. Mercyhurst outshot UConn 16-4 in the opening 20 minutes of play. The Lakers scored the only goal of the second period at 14:10 when Natalie Payne tallied on the power play to put the Lakers up 3-1.
Playing in the 100th game of her UConn career, Hawkins extended her school records for career goals and point with a pair of tallies in the third period that lifted the Huskies to one of the most impressive decisions in school history. Her first goal came at the 8:19 mark off of feeds from senior Leslie Hurlburt (Markham, Ont.) and Hollstein. Hawkins tallied again, on the power play, at 16:07 to knot the score. Senior captain Alicia Ramolla (Barrie, Ont.) set up the goal from her defensive post along with senior Katherine Van Deveire (Brandon, Man.). It is Hawkins’ fourth multiple-goal game of the season as she now leads the Huskies in 2006-07 with 16 goals, 14 assists and 30 points.
Holding down the fort at the opposite end of the ice was Wilson whose 46 saves set a career high and rank as the fourth best single-game sum in UConn history. Mercyhurst brought heavy pressure after Hawkins’ final goal and outscored the Huskies 10-1 in the five-minute overtime period but Wilson turned all 10 shots away to preserve the tie. Laura Hosier made 21 stops in the Laker net.
The Huskies and Lakers will face off again at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in Erie.