Friday, December 7, 2007
CONNECTICUT TOPPED BY HARVARD, 2-0
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Dec. 7, 2007) - The No. 10/10 University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team fell to No. 2/2 Harvard 2-0 in non-conference action on Friday night in the Bright Hockey Center.
After 52:53 minutes of scoreless play, the Crimson's Sarah Vaillancourt netted the game winner past the Husky defense to put her team up 1-0 late in the game. Vaillancourt added her second point of the game with an assist to teammate Jenny Brine, who scored the Crimson's second goal of the game, her sixth goal of the season.
Vaillancourt, Brine and Lisa Ryabkina each recorded two points for the Crimson while Ryabkina picked up her seventh and eighth assists on the year.
The Huskies, who were shutout for the first time all season, dropped their second straight game against a ranked opponent. With the loss, the Huskies fall to 11-4-1 overall on the year.
With the win, Harvard remains the nation's only unbeaten and untied team with a 10-0-0 overall record.
UConn's Jennie Bellonio (Guilford, Conn.) led the Huskies in goal, making 40 stops, a career high, including 15 saves in both the second and third periods of play.
Crimson's Christina Kessler made 14 saves in goal as her team out shot the Huskies 42-14 in 60 minutes of play.
UConn will return to action on Dec. 29-30 as the Huskies travel to Hamden, Conn. for the Nutmeg Classic, hosted by Quinnipiac University. UConn joins the Bobcats, along with Niagara and Yale in the two-day tournament. The Huskies are set to take on Quinnipiac at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29 before finishing competition on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 3:00 or 7:00 p.m.