STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut women's hockey team shut out the University of Maine Saturday afternoon to split the weekend series. Junior Jada Habisch and Senior Coryn Tormala scored for the Huskies.
From first puck drop, both teams would rely on goaltending and defense for the second night of the back-to-back. Both teams were held scoreless in the period, as Tia Chan would make six saves in the period and Brooklyn Oakes would make seven. The Huskies looked to get on the board first when a Maine penalty would give them the skater advantage, but Maine's penalty kill would stay strong and prevent the Huskies from scoring.
UConn would start the second period strong as they would pressure the Black Bears defense looking to force turnovers and miscues. UConn would score the first goal of the match as Jada Habisch would steal the puck at the blue line and take it all the way to goal before lifting a shot right past the goaltender's shoulder. UConn would head into the period break with the one goal lead as Tia Chan would make 14 saves in the second period, blanking the Black Bears.
Maine would not go away without a fight as they would fire 21 shots on goal in the third period. Tia Chan and the Huskies defense would step up to the challenge blocking numerous attempts and saving others. UConn would extend their lead midway through the second period when freshman Christina Walker would steal the puck and skate down the ice before finding senior Coryn Tormala for the goal. Maine would pull their goaltender with time running down in the third period but would be unable to net a goal with the extra skater, as UConn would shut out the Black Bears and come away with the victory.
UConn will begin preparing for a home and home series next weekend with Boston College. UConn will welcome Boston College to Freitas Ice Forum November 4 with puck drop at 6pm. Both games can be streamed live on ESPN+.