STORRS, Conn. - Savannah Bouzide and Danielle Fox each notched a goal for the Huskies and netminder Samantha Carpentier-Yelle racked up 26 saves on the defensive end as the UConn women's hockey team got back in the win column Friday night, holding off Maine, 2-1, to grab two Hockey East points and snap a three-game skid.
The Huskies and Black Bears will wrap up the regular season series tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 pm.
Bouzide put UConn on the board first after lighting the lamp in the ninth minute. The Huskies defensive pressure led to a Maine turnover in their own zone, and the loose puck was scooped up by Tristyn Svetek before she dished it off to Fox. Fox sent a quick pass ahead to Bouzide, and the junior slotted one into the bottom right corner to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
Maine broke through and tied the game at the 14:10 mark of the second period, as Ida Kuoppala was able to snipe a high-arching shot into the top left. The Black Bears continued to be aggressive in the third period as they held an 11-5 shot advantage, but it was the Huskies who would deliver the final blows.
Jessie Aney beat her defender to the spot, getting just enough of her stick on the puck to flip a pass along the boards to Morgan Wabick. Wabick passed out front to Fox, and the sophomore's backhand snuck past the foot of Carly Jackson and trickled into the net to put UConn ahead 2-1 at 10:41.
The Black Bears swapped out their goalie for an extra skater as they looked for an equalizer, but stifling defense from the Huskies prevented Maine from getting off a quality attempt as UConn locked up the victory.