Women's Hockey: UConn ties up No. 3 Boston College, but falls to Boston University

UConn faces off against Boston College in Freitas Ice Forum on Friday Oct. 20. The Huskies held an early lead, but the Eagles rallied and tied it up in the second period. The game finished tied up at 2 a piece. (Jon Sammis/The Daily Campus)

The Huskies women’s hockey team came in hot Friday for the tie against No. 3 Boston College, but came up short against Boston University Sunday.

Senior goalie Annie Belanger played strong against Boston College (4-0-1) during the 2-2 tie, saving 45 shots for the Huskies (3-3-1). UConn head coach Chris Mackenzie said that she has been a huge factor for the team.

“Annie is great. She has been a consistent contributor for us,” Mackenzie said. “I think she’s one of the best goalies in the country and I think it’s evident when she performs like that. It was a really good job by Annie tonight and we will need that going forward.”

Senior Theresa Knutson got the Huskies going early, as she scored the first goal. Senior Leah Lum would score the second later on. Senior Justine Fredette, junior Kayla Mee and freshman Natalie Snodgrass all recorded assists.

Mackenzie said that the team wants more than just a tie in a game like that.

“Our team is holding ourselves to a pretty high standard this year and we are not happy with a tie,” Mackenzie said. “We had the lead and then we gave up two power-play goals. As the game went on, they started playing with more confidence and we were playing not to lose.”

Mackenzie said that there is much to learn from Friday night’s game.

Our team is holding ourselves to a pretty high standard this year and we are not happy with a tie,
— Head coach Chris MacKenzie

“I think that’s a learning moment and an opportunity for our team,” Mackenzie said. “We can hang with (quality teams), we can play … we will take the point and we will move onto the next game. But we want more for our program and we want to finish the job and win that game.”

For Boston College, Toni Ann Miano and Daryl Watts each scored a goal. Miano, Caitrin Lonergan, Makenna Newkirk and Kenzie Kent all recorded assists. Goalie Katie Burt had 28 saves and she now has 111 on the season.

Boston University (1-4) got their first win of the season Sunday by the score of 6-2 at the Walter Brown Arena after Rebecca Leslie dominated and recorded a hat trick.

The Terriers were successful on power plays, as they scored three times on five opportunities


Michael Logan is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at michael.logan@uconn.edu.