Women’s Hockey: UConn struggles at Vermont


Women’s Hockey in action against Providence earlier this year (Jon Sammis/The Daily Campus)

The UConn women’s hockey team (11-12-9, 5-11-6 WHEA) had a difficult weekend at Vermont, losing on Friday and tying on Saturday, against the Catamounts.

On Friday, the Huskies broke their four-game winning streak with their loss to Vermont (10-17-5, 7-12-4 WHEA). The streak had been the team’s longest run since the 2014-15 season.

Despite the loss, UConn outshot Vermont by a +13 margin (41-28) on Friday. In the third period UConn outshot Vermont 16-3. However, one of those three shots was the game winner scored by Vermont’s Ali O’Leary.

UConn struggled to capitalize on power plays as the team went 0-for-6 in the contest.

The Huskies goaltender Annie Belanger had 27 saves in the game. Vermont’s goaltender Sydnee Scobee had an impressive 41 stops.

Freshman forward Natalie Snodgrass had a season high ten shots on target while senior Leah Lum recorded nine shots.

On Saturday, the Huskies tied Vermont 0-0 in an overtime match.

The game was Belanger’s third shutout of the season. She leads all of the Hockey East goalies in save percentage (.934).

Despite the score, UConn had a 27-22 shots advantage over Vermont. Lum tallied five shots on net.

The Huskies are now ranked eighth in WHEA standings. They hold the last playoff position with 16 points. This upcoming weekend the Huskies will duel with Merrimack. The last playoff position in WHEA will be on the line for UConn in the games.

The Huskies next game will be against Merrimack on Friday Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. The final game for UConn is scheduled for Friday Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.

Mariana Dominguez is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at mariana.dominguez@uconn.edu.

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