Saturday, November 14, 2009
BC TIES UCONN, 0-0; EAGLES EARN SHOOTOUT VICTORY
Kiera Kingston makes 33 saves for Eagles; Allie Thunstrom nets lone shootout goal
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team battled Boston College to a 0-0 overtime tie in Hockey East action on Saturday afternoon at Mark E. Freitas Ice Forum.
The Huskies outshot the Eagles 33-18 on the day, including a 10-6 clip in the first period of play and a 15-5 showing in the second period. Jennifer Chaisson (Cumberland, Ont.) and Monique Weber (Rogers, Minn.) led the Huskies with seven shots a piece.
After regulation and a five-minute overtime period, the score remained tied at zero. Boston College's Allie Thunstrom scored the only goal in the shootout in the Eagles' first attempt to lift the Eagles to a conference victory.
UConn netminder Alexandra Garcia (Pointe-Claire, Que.), who finished the day with 18 saves, led the charge in today's contest, recording six saves in the first period, including two key stops on Boston College's two best scoring opportunity in the first 20 minutes of play. With less than six minutes left in the first period, Thunstrom broke away down the middle of the ice and fired a shot at net but Garcia made a kick save to keep the score knotted at zero.
With three minutes remaining in the first period, Boston's Blake Bolden drilled a shot between UConn defenders but Garcia made a solid stick save across her body as she picked up six stops in the period. Garcia finished the contest with 18 saves.
In the second period, the Huskies outshot the Eagles 15-5 and had some good looks at the net but their scoring chances were halted by Boston's Kiera Kingston, who made 25 stops in the first two periods.
UConn's best scoring opportunity in the second period came at the 10:10 mark as Brittany Murphy intercepted a Boston College pass and went one-on-one against the BC goalie, but her shot was saved by Kingston. The BC sophomore finished the afternoon with 33 saves.
The Huskies will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 15 with a Hockey East match-up at Boston College. The start of the contest is set for noon.