NO. ANDOVER, Mass. - The University of Connecticut women's hockey team took game one of the home and home series with Merrimack College by a final of 3-0. Freshman Megan Woodworth scored her first career goal in the victory.
From first puck drop UConn came out firing. The Huskies would take possession of the puck and pepper the Merrimack netminder with shots. Just under two minutes into the start of the game freshman Megan Woodworth would take the pass from Jada Habisch and fire it on net for her first career goal. UConn wouldn't stop there as their speed would force Merrimack into committing a penalty. On their first power play of the afternoon, senior Claire Peterson would take the pass on the blue line and would take the slap shot that would make it past the goaltender for the Huskies second goal of the day. The UConn defense would stand strong in the first period, holding Merrimack to only four total shots.
Coming out in the second period, Merrimack would not back down. The Warriors would look for shooting lanes and test goaltender Tia Chan. Merrimack would fire seven total shots on goal in the second period, but all would be turned away by Chan. UConn would turn the defense into offense as late in the second period while on the power play, Claire Peterson would take a shot that would deflect to right to Carlie Magier who would tip the puck in to give the Huskies a three goal lead heading into the final period.
With a three goal lead the Huskies defense and goaltender Tia Chan would step up and look to prevent a Warrior goal. The defense would hold Merrimack to just three shots in the third period. With the shutout, UConn would secure their first conference win of the season. Tia Chan would make a total of 14 saves while the defense would make a total of four blocks.
The Huskies will return home as they will host Merrimack Saturday, October 22 in Storrs, Conn. Puck drop is scheduled for 3pm and can be streamed on ESPN+.