Huskies erase 4-1 deficit; Sophomore forward Rachel Farrel ties game in final minute

Sophomore forward Rachel Farrel scored the game-tying goal for the Huskies

TROY, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Rachel Farrel (Cheshire, Conn.) tallied her second goal of the season with just 35 second left to play in the game and tie the score at 4-4 to force overtime in an eventual tie for the University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team.

The Huskies (0-1-1) erased a three-goal deficit to record the tie at RPI (0-0-1) on Friday night. Junior Kelly Horan (Methuen, Mass.) collected an assist on the game-tying power play goal.

The Engineers outshot UConn 5-0 in the extra frame.

RPI jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period and led 3-0 until midway through the second.

Alexandra Gruschow and Mari Mankey each posted first-period goals for the Engineers. Gruschow added her second of the night, a power play score, at the 3:16 mark of the second period.

UConn cut the lead to two at the 11:27 mark on freshman Brittany Berisoff's (Kelowna, B.C.) first career goal. Sophomores Sarah MacDonnell (Quispamsis, Que.) and Emily Snodgrass (Eagan, Minn.) picked up assists on the score.

The Engineers answered with a goal off the stick of Lauren Walsh at 14:48 and the Huskies again cut the lead to two at 16:10. MacDonnell found the back of the net for the first time this season, assisted by freshman Michela Cava (Thunder Bay, Ont.).

Snodgrass, UConn's leading scorer a year ago, brought the Huskies back to within one at the 13-19 mark of the third period off of assists from Horan and Farrel.

For the game, RPI outshot Connecticut 43-25. Freshman netminder Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) set a career-high with 39 saves, while Brianna Piper stopped 21.

The Huskies and Engineers take the ice tomorrow afternoon for a 3:00 pm rematch.