STORRS, Conn. (Oct. 25, 2007) - The No. 8 University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team shut out Providence College 5-0 in the Huskies' first Hockey East game of the 2007-08 season on Thursday night in the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
With the win, UConn improves to 6-1-0 overall and 1-0 in Hockey East play. The Huskies, who are currently on a program-best six game winning streak, controlled the pace of the game and out-shot the Friars 30-19.
The Huskies got off to a quick start, using their speed and quick passing to tire the Providence defense. In the first period alone, the Huskies out-shot the Friars 10-8. The first goal of the game was scored within the first minute of play as freshman Jody Sydor (St. Albert, Alta.) connected for her first collegiate point to put the Huskies up 1-0. Sophomore Amy Hollstein (Pembroke, Mass.) and freshman Jennifer Chaisson (Cumberland, Ont.) earned the assists on Sydor's power-play goal.
At 14:13 in the first period of play, freshman Brittany Murphy (Tewksbury, Mass.) used her speed to get down the ice and use a pass from senior Britney Chandler (Pickering, Ont.) to add to the Husky lead with her first collegiate point to give the Huskies a two goal advantage.
Jaclyn Hawkins (Manotick, Ont.) scored the only goal of the second period as she tipped the puck into the back of the net off passes from sophomores Cristin Allen (Pcikering, Ont.) and Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont.). This was the second time of the night where the Huskies took advantage of a power-play opportunity.
The Huskies dominated on shots on goal, with an 11-3 advantage in the second period.
In the third period the Huskies added to their score as junior Nicole Tritter (Toronto, Ont.) scored her third goal of the season as she fired the puck past three Providence defenders. Chaisson picked up her second assist of the night and the fourth of her career as Bridget King (Paxton, Mass.) also tallied an assist.
Thibault, the nation's scoring leader, recorded her sixth goal of the season, as she redirected a hard shot by Tritter, and put it in the back of the net. Both Tritter and Allen received the assists on the play.
Brittany Wilson (Neapan, Ont.) was solid in goal, recording 19 saves on 19 shots and earning her second shutout on the season.
Providence was led in goal by Danielle Ciarletta, who recorded 25 saves, including 10 in the second period. But the Huskies were too dominate on both offensive and defense and came away with the win.
The No. 8 Huskies will return to action as they travel to Hockey East opponent Northeastern on Saturday, Oct. 27. The conference game is set to start at 2:00 p.m.