STORRS, Conn. - Freshman Jada Habisch scored her first career hat trick to lift the Huskies past Merrimack, 4-0, on Friday afternoon at the Mark Freitas Ice Forum.
The Buffalo, Minnesota native collected her first milestone 7:41 into the first period by throwing a shot through traffic that found the back of the net, giving her the first goal of her UConn career.
The score remained that way until past the midway point of the second, Morgan Wabick, Danielle Fox and Natalie Snodgrass played a little tic-tac-toe that resulted in Snodgrass' second goal of the season to give UConn the two-goal advantage.
It looked like the teams would head back to the locker room with the score at 2-0 but Viki Harkness streaked into the zone and found Habisch for her second tally with just six seconds left in the second period.
Sam Carpentier-Yelle was solid in net for the Huskies, recording her first shutout of the season with 14 saves including a game-high seven in the second period.
Habisch and the Huskies closed out the win her third goal coming with just three seconds left in the game. Habisch becomes the first UConn freshman since Jaclyn Hawkins in Feb. 2005 to record a hat trick.
Harkness finished the game by assisting on all three of Habisch's goals and now leads the team with five assists on the season.
The Huskies wrap up the series with the Warriors on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Lawler Rink in North Andover, Mass.
- Habisch is the first UConn freshman to record a hat trick since Jaclyn Hawkins scored a pair of hat tricks during her first year in Storrs. Her most recent came against Northeastern on February 26, 2005.
- Junior Viki Harkness set a career-high with three assists on Friday. The Berwick, Ontario native now leads the Huskies with five helpers on the season.
- Sam Carpentier-Yelle recorded her first shutout of the season and the fifth of her career.