Duluth, Minn. - The University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team managed just nine shots on goal and struggled to get their offense going throughout the entire game as the Huskies fell at No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth, 8-0 this afternoon in The DECC.
UMD, the reigning national champion, posted a pair of goals in both the first and second periods and tallied four in the third, with three coming from sophomore Jessica Wong, for the 8-0 victory.
Alexandra Garcia (Pointe-Claire, Que.) posted a career-high 41 saves for UConn through 46 minutes in net, and sophomore Claire Francis (Stowe, Vt.) had 14 saves during 13 minutes in her first appearance as a Husky.
The duo of Taylor Gross (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Casey Knajdek (Woodbury, Minn.) combined for four of UConn's nine shots on goal against the Bulldogs, while Stephanie Raithby (London, Ont.), Jenny Saxon (North Plymouth, Minn.), Jennifer Chaisson (Cumberland, Ont.), Sami Evelyn (Nepean, Ont.) and Maude Blain (Magog, Que.) each recorded one.
The Huskies posted five of their shots during the final period, including three consecutive shots when they controlled play during the last five minutes of the game. Gross tallied the first shot on goal and was followed by a pair of Evelyn shots that went wide of the net at the 14 minute mark but UConn was unable to capitalize.
UConn (1-5) will stay in Minnesota to face the Bulldogs again tomorrow afternoon with action starting at 4:07 p.m. EST.