STORRS, Conn. - Behind 32 saves from netminder Morgan Fisher, six penalty kills by the special teams and goals in the second and third period, the UConn women's hockey team shutout New Hampshire, 2-0, Friday night at Freitas Ice Forum. UConn improves to 12-9-1 on the season, while UNH drops to 8-10-4.
Sophomore Savannah Bouzide tallied a goal in the second period to get the scoring going for the Huskies and then classmate Natalie Snodgrass added an insurance goal in the final minute to secure the win.
Junior netminder Morgan Fisher recorded her first shutout of the season, turning away 32 shot attempts from the Wildcats.
The Husky offense applied a bit of pressure to Kyra Smith in the first period, peppering the UNH netminder with six shots in the opening period, but were unable to find the back of the net. Fisher was equally up to the task, turning away all 12 attempts she saw from the Wildcats, including several diving saves in front of the goal.
Additionally, the UConn special teams accounted for three penalty kills to help keep New Hampshire off the board.
UConn kept the pressure on as they fired 18 shots in the second stanza. After some good defensive saves by the Wildcat goalie, the Huskies were able to find the back of the net at the 8:02 mark. After knifing her way through the New Hampshire defense, Briana Colangelo attempted a shot in traffic that was blocked. The puck deflected out to Bouzide who was trailing the play, and the sophomore ripped a shot into the bottom right of the net to give UConn a 1-0 lead.
UConn wrapped up the shutout in the final period, with Morgan Fisher tallying 12 saves while the defense recorded two more penalty kills. Natalie Snodgrass added an insurance goal for the Huskies, scoring an empty netter at 19:17 to give UConn a 2-0 lead and the win.
Game Notes/Husky Highlights...
- UConn's defense asserted its dominance as it recorded six penalty kills on the night.
- Goalie Morgan Fisher earned her first shutout of the season and finished the game with 32 saves.
- The Huskies increase their win streak to five games.
- Natalie Snodgrass has tallied a goal in each of UConn's last four games.
UConn returns to the ice tomorrow afternoon for the third and final game of the season series against New Hampshire. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.