The UConn women’s hockey team struggled with penalties and offensive production in their loss against Hockey East foe Vermont in their home-opener on Saturday.
The Huskies committed three penalties in the second period.
Early in the second, junior forward Rebecca Lindblad was called for roughing. While on the power play, Vermont was able to take advantage and tie the game.
Later in the second period, freshman defender Carley Olivier was called for hooking and junior defender Kayla Mee was called for roughing which caused UConn to be down by two players.
The Huskies also committed two penalties in the first period. They committed none in the third.
UConn’s head coach Chris MacKenzie addressed the Huskies penalties post-game.
“We took a few penalties, a few too many penalties in the second period and they capitalized,” MacKenzie said in an interview posted on the team’s website.
Both of Vermont’s goals came off of power-plays in the second period. Both teams had five penalties in the game. So far this season the Huskies are averaging 2.3 penalties per game.
Offensive production is something else the Huskies struggled with in the contest. Senior forward Leah Lum scored in the first two minutes of the game but after that the Huskies went quiet.
There was one opportunity with five minutes left in the third period where Lindblad had a breakaway, but Vermont’s goaltender Sydnee Scobee was able to make a kick save which preserved their lead.
Coach MacKenzie stressed the importance of having to capitalize and get offensive production.
“It was a hard fought victory [for Vermont],” MacKenzie said. I thought five on five we carried the play we just weren’t able to capitalize.”
Looking towards next weeks’ games against Union, Coach MacKenzie said that the team will be focusing on their offensive production.
“A little bit of everything, where we can get some offensive production and hopefully just keep working on the things we do,” MacKenzie said. It’s still early in the year. I’d rather have us working things out now than say February. So take it as a positive, learn from it and get better.”
The Huskies first game against Union will be on Friday Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.
Mariana Dominguez is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.