STORRS, Conn. - UConn junior Tristyn Svetek scored the game-winning goal with just over five minutes to go in the third period to cap off the rally and give UConn a 3-2 victory over the Vermont Catamounts on Friday afternoon at the Freitas Ice Forum.
Kayla Mee, Taylor Wabick and Tristyn Svetek each found the back of the net for the Huskies, while netminder Morgan Fisher collected 22 saves. The win ends UConn's six-game skid and improves its record 14-14-2 overall, 9-12-2 in Hockey East. Vermont sees its record fall to 8-18-4, 6-15-2 in Hockey East.
Corinne McCool's goal at 8:56 opened up the scoring and game Vermont a 1-0 early on. Senior defender Kayla Mee recorded a goal four minutes later to level the score at 1, but another UVM goal just past the 16 minute mark put the visitors up, 2-1, heading into the second.
Neither team found the back of the net in the second period, so the action moved on to the third frame with the Huskies down one, searching for the equalizer. UConn tied the game 2-2 midway through the third after a collaboration from sophomores Taylor and Morgan Wabick, and then snatched the lead and the win, 3-2, after Svetek's score at 14:50.
UVM took a 1-0 lead after Corinne McCool's shot at 8:56 took a lucky bounce off the pad of Fisher and wiggled its way across the goal line to give the visitors an early one-goal advantage.
After a brief scrum in front of the net, Savannah Bouzide kicked the puck out to Mee, and the senior fired a diagonal shot from just outside the left faceoff circle into the bottom right corner of the net to tie the game, 1-1, at 11:46
Back-to-back UConn penalties resulted in a 5-on-3 advantage for the Catamounts, and the road team was able to tap one in at 16:21 to take a 2-1 lead into the second.
The Husky offense was all over UVM goalie Melissa Black in the second period, peppering the UVM goaltender with eight shots but couldn't sneak one past the junior. Fisher was equally up to the task, turning away all the eight shots she saw from the Catamounts.
UConn had plenty of possession and pressure in the third period and finally saw it paid off at the 10:52 mark. Moving the puck beautifully around the attacking zone, Morgan Wabick found twin sister Taylor Wabick at the top of the point, and the sophomore rifled home a shot straight past Black's shoulder into the cage.
Utilizing great puck movement again, Jaime Fox located Svetek on the right side and the junior lined up a shot that hit the top left corner of the crossbar and fell into the net to put the Huskies up 3-2 at 14:50, a lead they would not relinquish.