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Storrs, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's ice
hockey team returned to the rink for the first time since Dec. 14 and
promptly defeated Vermont by a score of 7-0 on Saturday afternoon. The
Huskies continued their now six-game winning streak at Mark Edward
Freitas Ice Forum.
Freshman defenseman Sami Evelyn (Nepean, Ont./Toronto Jr. Aeros Inter.
AA) scored a pair of goals and UConn (12-6-2, 5-4-0) scored three times
on the power play en route to its fifth consecutive victory over the
Catamounts in series history.
Vermont's Kristen Olychuck made a quick glove save on Nicole Tritter
(Toronto, Ont./Toronto Jr. Aeros Inter.) who arguably had the best
scoring opportunity for either team before UConn struck first. Jennifer
Chaisson (Cumberland, Ont./St. Peter Catholic) won the faceoff following
a Vermont (4-14-1, 2-6-0) penalty on Chelsea Rapin with just 55 seconds
remaining in the opening stanza.
Chaisson passed the puck to Michelle Binning (Oshawa, Ont./Toronto Jr.
Aeros Inter.) who put it past Olychuck on the blocker side to put the
Huskies ahead 1-0 going into the first intermission. It was Binning's
12th goal of the year and eighth on the power play, adding to her
team-best total power-play points this season.
Binning assisted Evelyn's goal a mere 11 seconds into the second period
for the 2-0 UConn lead. Amy Hollstein (Pembroke, Mass./Lawrence Academy)
also had an assist on the goal. Evelyn followed with her second goal of
the night this time on the power play with assists from Chaisson and
fellow rookie defenseman Rebecca Hewett (Oak Bluff, Man./APHA Rangers).
Tritter was responsible for the Huskies fourth goal of the game, also a
power-play goal to put the team ahead 4-0 just past the midway point of
the second period. Cristin Allen (Pickering, Ont./Durham Lightning AA)
added to her team-best assist total on the goal while Jody Sydor (St.
Alberta, Alta./Sturgeon Composite) also had an assist.
The Huskies fell back on to their heels during the second power play,
with a 4-0 lead in hand UConn was caught a bit off guard by a pair of
shorthanded attempts by Vermont. Celeste Doucet's shot was stopped by
Brittany Wilson (Nepean, Ont./Ottawa Inter. AA) and Brittany Nelson's
shot went wide.
UConn recovered and maintained its momentum with its fifth goal of the
game as Olychuck came out of the crease to challenge the Husky offense
and break up the play. The goalie was caught out of position as
Hollstein netted her ninth of the season with assists from Binning and
Kristen Russell (Dauphin, Man./Parkland Panthers).
Entering the third period, UConn possessed a 5-0 lead with four players
recording two or more points.
Wilson fed the puck to Allen behind the UConn net and the Husky
defenseman took it from end to end, going in on Olychuck alone only to
fire one over the Vermont goalie's glove side. The Vermont netminder was
stunned and failed to react as the Huskies obtained a 6-0 lead.
With her third goal of the season, Allen's goal also marked the first
time since February 2007 that a UConn netminder recorded a point. Wilson
added her first assist of the season to her career total of five.
Hewett beat Olychuck on the left side immediately following a face off
to the right of the Catamount net. Brittany Murphy (Tewksbury,
Mass./Lawrence Academy) won the faceoff passing the puck to Lauren
LeMond (Vista, Calif./Pacific View Charter) who had the primary assist
on UConn's final goal of the game.
The final five minutes of the game went by without incident as the
Huskies stretched their winning streak to six and Vermont fell in its
sixth Hockey East game of the season.
The Catamounts have a chance to avenge the 7-0 loss at 1 p.m. on Sunday
at Freitas Ice Forum. The two teams faceoff for the final time this