STORRS, Conn. – The University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team scored 2:11 into the game and recorded a 27-17 shot advantage but was defeated 2-1 by the University of Connecticut at Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum in Sunday afternoon's Hockey East action.
UNH is now 8-5-0 overall and 2-3-0 in Hockey East. UConn, which prevailed 1-0 at UNH's Whittemore Center on Saturday, improved to 4-7-1, 3-2-1 with the weekend sweep of the Wildcats.
New Hampshire pressured early and took an early 1-0 lead when Sarah Campbell (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) scored her first collegiate goal at 2:11 of the first period. Emma Clark (East Barre, Vt.) was credited with an assist.
UConn netted goals less than four minutes apart in the opening stanza to transform a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead. Taylor Gross, with the assistance of Rebecca Hewett), tied the score, 1-1, at 10:49 and then Kelly Horan struck at 14:39. Alexandra Vakos and Brittany Murphy set up what proved to be the game-winning tally.
The Huskies took that one-goal and 8-6 shot advantage into the first intermission.
UNH controlled the second period and generated an 8-1 edge in shots. The Wildcats went on the power play 27 seconds after the opening faceoff of the middle stanza, and Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) beat UConn goaltender Alexandra Garcia but the puck ricocheted off the post. Minutes later, Campbell nearly potted her second goal of the game but her shot also rang off the post.
The 'Cats carried momentum into the third period, but Garcia turned aside five shots in the opening 3:30 of the final frame to preserve the Huskies' one-goal lead. Just past the midway point of the period, Arielle O'Neill (St. Catharines, Ontario) became the third 'Cat to beat Garcia but be denied by the post.
UNH pulled goaltender Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas) in favor of an extra skater with 87 seconds remaining in regulation, but UConn's defense blocked aside the Wildcats' next three shot attempts, and then Garcia stopped bids by Raylen Dziengelewski (Southwick, Mass.) and O'Neill to secure the victory.
Minton finished with 15 saves. Garcia stopped 26 shots, including 13 in the third period.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 23 against the University of Maine in a game that will be played in Lewiston, Maine. The Wildcats' next home game is Nov. 28 (2 p.m.) against Boston College. Tickets are available at the Whittemore Center Box Office, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by clicking here.