BURLINGTON, Vt. - Jennifer Chaisson scored twice and added an assist as Connecticut handed Vermont a 5-1 loss in women’s Hockey East action Friday evening at Gutterson Fieldhouse. After UVM had battled back with a strong second period, the ninth-ranked Huskies put the game away with a pair of early third period goals.
“I wish we could bottle the way we played in the second period,” said Vermont head coach Tim Bothwell. “We moved the puck well, created good chances and played with a lot of determination and energy. We did some of that in the first and some in the second but we need to play harder for the entire 60 minutes. If anything, I did like the character we showed in scratching back to make a game of it after being down in the first period.”
The Huskies (14-4-3, 5-2-1 Hockey East) went after Vermont early and often outshooting the Catamounts, 15-1, in the first 20 minutes. UVM goalie Kristen Olychuck (Kelowna, B.C.) was superb in the early going before Brittany Murphy broke through with a power play goal at 14:43 and a minute later Chaisson made it 2-0.
Dominique Thibault put UConn ahead 3-0 with her 15th of the season 3:38 into the second period before Vermont began its comeback bid, The Catamounts outshot the Huskies, 10-4, in the frame and had several good scoring opportunities before with Molly Morrison (So. Burlington, Vt.) found the net at the 10:33 mark. Jackie Thode (Aurora, Colo.) and Brittany Nelson (Shelburne, Vt.) assisted on Morrison’s fifth goal of the season and her fourth on the power play.
Olychuck finished with 29 saves as UConn had a 34-18 advantage in shots. Brittany Wilson made 17 stops for the Huskies. Both teams had a power play goal as Connecticut went 1-for-8 and Vermont went 1-for-7 with an extra attacker. UVM has now tallied a power play goal in five straight games, a team Division I record, after going the 10 previous games without one.
Vermont (4-14-1, 0-7-1) and Connecticut wrap up the series Saturday at 4:00pm at Gutterson Fieldhouse. For ticket information, please contact the UVM Athletic Ticket Office at 1-866-4CAT-TIX or log on to uvmathletics.com. UVM students (with a valid ID) and all Rally’s Round Up members are admitted free to all home women’s hockey games.
Saturday’s game with the Huskies will be broadcast on the radio on WVMT AM-620 and on the internet at www.uvmathletics.com with the audio stream provided by sportsjuice.com. Live video of all Vermont home games is available on the web via the B2 Networks also on www.uvmathletics.com.