STORRS, Conn. - Behind two goals from sophomore Natalie Snodgrass, the UConn women's hockey team closed out 2018 with a 4-1 triumph over the Dartmouth Big Green on Sunday afternoon at the Freitas Ice Forum.
In addition to Snodgrass's two goals, classmate Savannah Bouzide and junior Leona Sim each recorded a goal of their own.
Dartmouth outshot the Huskies 28-22, but UConn held a 28-21 advantage on faceoff wins and tallied six more blocks than the Big Green. Junior goalie Morgan Fisher manned the nets with precision as she recorded 27 saves.
Dartmouth held the advantage in shot attempts (13 to 7) and power play opportunities (0-2), but the Huskies had the lead where it mattered. Natalie Snodgrass tallied her fourth goal of the season at 9:28, slotting the puck top shelf to open up the scoring and give UConn a 1-0 lead. Morgan Fisher faced some pressure from the Big Green offense, but her 13 saves kept Dartmouth off the scoreboard.
UConn doubled its lead, 2-0, at 10:40 in the second stanza. Camryn Wong's shot from the point on the right side misfired, but Leona Sim was there to clean up the rebound to put the home team up by two scores.
Fisher registered eight saves in the period, including one diving deflection early in the second that kept the Big Green from tying the game.
The home team pushed its lead to 3-0 5:30 into the final frame after Savannah Bouzide found the back of the net off assists from Morgan Wabick and Briana Colangelo.
Dartmouth responded with its first goal of the afternoon just four minutes later, as Lottie Odnoga lit the lamp to cut the UConn lead to 3-1 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the period.
After intercepting a Dartmouth pass, Viki Harkness dumbed the puck off to Natalie Snodgrass. Snodgrass knifed through the Big Green defense, again going top shelf to push the Huskies lead back to three goals.
Game Notes/Husky Highlights...
- UConn improves to 9-9-1 on the season.
- Snodgrass's two scores give the sophomore five goals to go along with 10 assists