CONNECTICUT FALLS TO COLGATE, 5-3
COLGATE, N.Y. - Senior forward Jennifer Chaisson (Cumberland, Ont.) had a goal and an assist against Colgate this evening, but it would not be enough, as the University of the Connecticut women's ice hockey team lost their first road contest of the season, 5-3 against the Raiders.
Brittany Murphy (Tewksbury, Mass.) posted the first UConn goal early in the opening period, scoring just 2:30 into the game when Kelly Horan (Methuen, Mass.) and Rebecca Hewett (Oak Bluff, Man.) found her with an open shot at the net. Murphy was able to put the puck past Colgate's Kimberly Sass for the 1-0 UConn lead.
The goal was Murphy's first of the season while the assists were also the first for Hewett and Horan on the year.
The Huskies would not hold the lead for long though, as the Raiders posted back-to-back goals at the nine minute mark of the first period, with Jocelyn Simpson and Hannah Milan each recording a goal, giving the Raiders a 2-1 lead after the first period.
The Raiders would expand their lead to 3-1 at the 10 minute mark of the second period, with Jessica Hootz putting one past Alexandra Garcia (Pointe-Claire, Que.), who ended the game with 27 saves.
The Huskies answered with two goals during the final period, but they were matched by a pair of Colgate goals including the eventual game-winner at the six minute mark. Chaisson tallied her second goal of the season and the 22nd of her career in the fifth minute, with the assist from Monique Weber (Rogers, Minn.) to bring the Huskies within one, 3-2, before the Raiders were able to take back a two-goal lead just one minute later.
With just over two minutes left in the game, Garcia was pulled for the extra attacker and UConn was able to take advantage with Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) scoring at the 18 minute mark when Horan and Chaisson fed her in front of the net, bringing UConn within one, 4-3.
With Garcia still out of the net, the Raiders were able to post the final goal of the game with just 15 seconds left when Jacquie Colborne scored on an empty net, giving Colgate the 5-3 victory.
UConn (1-3-0) returns to action tomorrow (Oct. 16) when the Huskies stay in the state of New York for a 4:00 p.m. game at Syracuse.