STORRS, Conn. - Senior Jennifer Chaisson (Cumberland, Ont.) recorded the lone UConn goal late in the third period, but the Huskies were unable to come back from a 4-0 deficit, falling to No. 3 Boston University 4-1 this evening. The Huskies are now 12-15-1 on the year and 8-6-1 in Hockey East play, while the Terriers improve to 21-2-3 and 11-1-3.
Prior to today's contest head coach Heather Linstad, seniors Jody Sydor (St. Albert, Alt.), Brittany Murphy (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Chaisson along with junior Alexandra Garcia (Pointe-Claire, Que.) presented Hockey East with their donation for the Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer initiative. The 2010-11 season marks the fifth year for the Skating Strides program, and this season UConn raised over $8,600 through their fundraising efforts.
The Terriers, who posted a pair of goals in the first period and pair in the third period, were able to control the tempo for the majority of the game, holding a 25-19 advantage in shots on goal. BU's first goal came at the 8:47 mark of the opening period as Lauren Cherewyk was able to slide the puck into the right post behind Garcia for the score. BU's Taylor Holze followed this up as she posted the eventual game-winner in the final minutes of the first period after sending the puck into the net with a shot from the low slot.
The UConn defense held the Terriers off the board during the second period as they were able to deflect 18 shots, but this would only last until the fifth minute of the final period when the BU offense struck again with Kasey Boucher notching her second point of the game. Boston University's final goal of the game came 10 minutes later as Jenelle Kohanchuk put the puck in the back of the net for the 4-0 BU lead.
Chaisson's goal, her seventh of the season, came at the 16:06 mark of the final period as Sydor sent the puck towards the net from the blueline where Murphy then passed it up to Chaisson who was at the left post. Chaisson was able to corral the puck away from a pair of BU defenders and send it under the legs of Kerrin Sperry for UConn's lone goal of the contest.
Garcia recorded 21 saves on the night while Sperry made 18 for the Terriers as BU held the 25-19 advantage in shots on goal.
UConn will return to action next weekend when they travel to Boston College for a 2:00 p.m. contest on Friday, February 4. The Huskies will return to the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum that Sunday (Feb. 6) as they host Northeastern for the first time this season at 1:00 p.m.