The UConn women’s hockey team advanced to the Women’s Hockey East championships this past weekend losing 2-1 to Northeastern.
It was UConn’s third ever trip to the Hockey East Championship Game and their first championship game since 2009-2010.
To advance to the championship, UConn defeated No. 3 Boston College 4-2 on Saturday.
Freshman Natalie Snodgrass scored two goals in the game. In the third period, junior Nora Maclaine tallied a crucial score. Senior Theresa Knutson scored late in the third on an empty net.
“Obviously it’s the result we wanted,” UConn’s head coach Chris MacKenzie said. “We came in here and played with a purpose and we’re super proud of the team.”
MacKenzie also talked about how hard it was to take on Boston College.
“We’ve really gone through a lot this season and its helped us get to this point here,” MacKenzie said. “Boston College is a top opponent and it gave us all we could handle. We were fortunate to come out on top and are excited to play tomorrow.”
Sunday was the championship game against Northeastern. UConn was the lowest seed ever to advance to reach the game.
Twenty-six seconds into the game Northeastern scored with UConn retaliating with a goal from freshman Morgan Wabick, mere seconds later.
That would be UConn’s only goal of the afternoon with Northeastern scoring one more to seal the deal.
“We’re just really proud of this team, regardless of the result. We finished the season competing at a high level,” head coach Chris MacKenzie, said. “It wasn’t meant to be, but we’re going to walk out of this building proud.”
MacKenzie also talked about how exhausting it was for UConn to take on two great teams back to back.
“I liked the way we played. You could tell we were a little tired. If you told me we had to come in here, beat Boston College and then whomever we play the next day, it’s going to be a tall order. But we were there right until the end,” MacKenzie said.
UConn’s squad will have eight seniors graduating at the end of this semester including goaltender Annie Belanger.
“I’m really thinking about the seniors, the ones who won’t be playing for us anymore,” MacKenzie said. “They’ll be Huskies forever and that’s a special thing. I can’t thank them enough for their contributions to our program.”
Mariana Dominguez is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.