TROY, N.Y. (Oct. 31, 2007) - Sophomore Dominique Thibault (L'Orignal, Ont.) netted her tenth goal of the season as she scored the game winning goal in overtime to lift the No. 8 University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 3-2 on Wednesday in the Houston Field House.
After a late Rensselaer goal in the third period by Laura Gersten to tie the score at two and force overtime, Thibault connected for her 24th career goal to lead the Huskies to their eighth straight victory this season.
After a scoreless first period, Rensselaer got on the board first with a goal by Nicole McDonald off a pass from Kendra Dunlap in the second period. UConn answered back with 10:42 left in the second period with a rebound goal by junior Nicole Tritter (Toronto, Ont.). Thibault, Hockey East's TPS Player of the Week for three straight weeks this month, and Brianna Uliasz (Chalfont, Pa.) earned the assists on the Huskies' first goal of the game.
In the third period of play, Thibault scored her ninth goal of the season with an unassisted shorthanded goal. Eight seconds after one of Connecticut's players was put in the penalty box by a checking call, the Huskies won the first face off, which led to a Thibault break-away. As she found the back of the net with 10:22 left in the period, she gave UConn a 2-1 lead.
But the Engineers were able to fight back into the game, out shooting the Huskies 35-26 throughout the entire game. With 3:32 left in regulation, Gersten found the back of the net to record the Engineers' first power-play goal of the night, to force the game into overtime.
In the extra period to play, as the Huskies were just three minutes away from their first tie of the season, Thibault broke away with the puck, firing a shot past Rensselaer goaltender Ashley Mayr to win the Huskies' eight game of the season.
Goaltender Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont.) earned her sixth win of the season as she collected a season-high 33 saves in goal. RPI's Mayr made 23 saves as the Engineers dropped to 5-2-0 on the season.
The Huskies, now 8-1-0 overall, will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 4 as they host Brown University in non-conference action. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.