The UConn women’s hockey team (9-11-8, 3-10-5 WHEA) beat their first ranked opponent since 2014 this past weekend with a sweep against number nine Maine (16-9-3, 10-6-2 WHEA).
On Friday, the Huskies won in overtime with a shot by sophomore Briana Colangelo.
After the game, Colangelo talked about why she thinks the Huskies were able to pull off the win.
“We came out every period just hard,” Colangelo said in an interview posted on the team’s Twitter page. “I think we were consistent which is something we weren’t very good with in the first half so that helped us. And a lot of shots on net too.”
The shot disparity in the game was 47-26 with UConn leading the way.
Before that final shot by Colangelo, freshman Natalie Snodgrass scored her team-leading 15th goal of the season at 4:01 in the first period.
With a little over a minute left in regulation, Maine tied the score to take the game into overtime.
“Arguably, our best effort of the year-the execution, game plan, putting a lot of shots on net,” UConn’s head coach Chris MacKenzie said in an interview posted on the team’s Twitter. “I think we got what we deserved.”
The next day UConn came out ready to win and recorded a 4-0 shutout victory against Maine. It was goaltender Annie Belanger second shutout of the season. The win was UConn’s first four-point weekend of the Hockey East season.
Senior Leah Lum scored two goals, placing her in third place on UConn’s all time points list.
The other two scorers in the win were freshman Natalie Snodgrass and freshman Morgan Wabick. Snodgrass also tallied an assist making the game her tenth multi-point game of the season.
“I think we’re playing our best right now and that’s a good sign,” Coach MacKenzie said. “It’s great to get four points. Maine is a good team and they’re well-coached and they’re disciplined. We were fortunate to the get the lead and keep it.”
Next up, the Huskies will play Northeastern and Providence next weekend in Storrs.
Mariana Dominguez is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.