STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's Hockey team bounced back from last Sunday's setback in a major way, cruising to a 6-1 victory over the Merrimack Warriors Friday night at the Freitas Ice Forum. The Huskies (16-13-2, 13-9-2 WHEA) and Warriors (4-22-5, 1-18-5 WHEA) wrap up the regular season series tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.
Five different UConn skaters found the back of the net, including graduate transfer Jessie Aney who notched her first-career goal. Natalie Snodgrass paced the Husky offense with pair of goals, Catherine Crawley right behind with a goal and an assist. Danielle Fox and Savannah Bouzide also chipped in a goal apiece, respectively. Morgan Wabick, Taylor Wabick, and Tristyn Svetek provided an assist each, while Morgan Fisher picked up 18 saves in net to grab her ninth win of the year.
Additionally, history was made as Briana Colangelo became just the fourth Husky all-time to surpass the career 100-point mark. The senior notched a pair of assists to push her point total to 101.
Merrimack struck for the game's first goal 4:34 into the first. Mikyla Grant-Mentis tallied her 20th of the season off a rising shot to put the visitors ahead 1-0. UConn remained poised and leveled the score just past the midway point of the period.
After taking the feed from Camryn Wong, Bouzide wheeled her way through the center hitting the blue line with speed, skated up the wing before dropping one into the far right post at 11:26 to tie the game at one.
After ending the first tied 1-1, the Huskies notched a pair of goals in the second to gain some separation. As Merrimack attempted to advance the puck up ice, Aney came across with a poke check to force the puck out, then went backhand on the breakaway to give UConn a 2-1 lead. Fox cashed in her sixth goal of the year to double the lead six minutes later. After forcing a turnover, the Unionville, Ontario native blazed down the ice, turned the corner then slipped one into the back of the net.
The Huskies notched their second short-handed goal of the season 46 seconds into the final period. An attempted one-touch pass by the Warriors was one-touched and picked by Snodgrass, and the junior beat Grant-Mentis and Merrimack netminder Lea-Kristine Deme for the coast-to-coast score. Crawley gave UConn a 5-1 lead at the 2:36 mark after tipping in Svetek's shot from the point, and Natalie Snodgrass put the finishing touches on the win with her second tally at 13:19.