STORRS, Conn. - Senior Leslie Hurlburt (Markham, Ont.) scored twice, including the game-winner seven seconds into overtime, to lift the University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team to 3-2 victory over Northeastern on Sunday afternoon at the Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs. With the win, UConn stays perfect in Hockey East play at 6-0-0 and is 9-3-0 overall. Northeastern dips to 2-8-1 overall and 1-4-1 in league action.
After a scoreless first period, Northeastern took control of the game with a dominating second period in which the Huntington Hounds outshot UConn 16-8 and converted on two of their four power play opportunities. At the 5:05 mark, Lindsay Berman scored all alone on the doorstep off of a feed from the point. At the 18:46 mark, Northeastern scored an eerily similar goal when Chelsey Jones, right in front of the UConn net, put home a feed from the point by Amy Goodney.
The first half of the third period was evenly played but UConn cranked up the pressure in the second half of the period and wound up tying the game. The first goal came at the 12:16 mark when senior Natalie Vibert (Thunder Bay, Ont.) fired off a high slap shot from the point that worked its way through a screen and into the back on the Northeastern net. UConn struck again moments later when Hurlburt tallied at 14:01. Standing on the boards at the goal line, Hurlburt threw the puck on net and it caromed in off of the inside of the right leg pad of NU netminder Sarah Belliveau.
In overtime, UConn wasted little time in finishing off their guests in stunning fashion, just seven seconds into the extra stanza. Goodney won the face off for Northeastern and it cleanly went back to Katy Applin at left defense. Sprinting through the neutral zone from her left wing position, Hurlburt stole the puck from Applin, split the Huntington Hound defense and broke in alone on Belliveau, beating her low.
Sophomore Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont.) stopped 23 shots in the UConn net as the Huskies continue what is by far the best start in school history. Belliveau stopped 31 pucks for Northeastern.
The Huskies face the two other Bostonian Hockey East entries next weekend. UConn will play host to No. 9 Boston College on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1:00 p.m. in Storrs and then welcome Boston University to the Freitas Ice Forum on Sunday, Nov. 19, also at 1:00 p.m.