STORRS, Conn. - Despite a Taylor Wabick goal and outshooting Merrimack 42-24, the UConn women's hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision to conference foe Merrimack College Saturday afternoon at the Freitas Ice Forum.
After a tightly contested scoreless first period, Merrimack jumped in front 2-0 following a Paige Voight second period goal and a Jessica Bonfe third period score. Sophomore Taylor Wabick cut the UConn deficit to 2-1 following a goal at 17:03 in the third period.
Following the Wabick score, the Huskies' gamble to swap goalie Morgan Fisher for an extra attacker ultimately didn't pay off, as Katelyn Rae iced the game with an empty net goal at 19:37.
The first period was a tightly contested, but scoreless twenty minutes. UConn held a 10-6 shot advantage, and its best scoring attempt came at 9:27 - Catherine Crawley nearly snuck the puck in through Samantha Ridgewe's legs but the shot was saved at the last second.
After nearly 25 minutes of scoreless action, Merrimack jumped ahead 1-0 after Paige Voight netted a goal off the assist from Dominique Kremer and Megan Fergusson at 14:40.
The Warriors extended their lead to 2-0 late in the third period after Kate Bukolska's pass led to Jessica Bonfe's goal at 15:56.
Less than two minutes later, the Huskies finally got on the board after Natalie Snodgrass and Catherine Crawley teamed up to feed Taylor Wabick who put the biscuit in the basket. The score brought UConn within one goal (2-1) with more than enough time to pursue a game-tying score.
Down a point with three minutes to go in regulation, the Huskies swapped out their goalie for an extra attacker as they looked for the equalizer. UConn's gamble backfires, as Katelyn Rae slipped in an empty-net goal to secure the Merrimack win.
The Huskies travel to Providence, R.I. to take on Brown in a Tuesday night tilt. Puck drop is slated for 6 p.m.