UConn was hoping to extend their two-game winning streak this past weekend, but they ultimately came up short against Northeastern and Providence.
UConn (14-12-2) came into this weekend playing very well. They secured two convincing wins last weekend against the University of Maine, and it appeared the team, had finally found the consistency they have been looking for the past couple of weeks. This weekend’s results will send the team back to the drawing board as they prepare for their next matchup.
Northeastern (23-3-1) is one of the toughest opponents that UConn has had to face this season. The Huskies have had their fair share of struggles against Northeastern this season. Earlier in the year they lost both of their matchups against Northeastern, and they were shutout in both of those matchups.
Providence (15-10-3) had a two-game winning streak coming into Saturday. They beat Merrimack on Friday 3-0. The Friars spilt their series last weekend against Boston College, losing and winning a game.
Northeastern got the scoring started Friday night, scoring a goal barely two minutes into the first period. The goal was scored by Alina Mueller, and her goal gave Northeastern a quick one-nothing lead. This was significant because Northeastern does not give up many goals. They have only given up 25 goals this season, while UConn, for comparison, has surrendered 55 goals this season.
If opposing teams cannot find a way to slow down this team, they will find themselves in trouble from the get-go. UConn, however, was able to tie the game up at 1-1 with a goal late in the first period. Danielle Fox scored the goal, her fourth of the season. Jessie Aney and Morgan Wabick assisted on the play. Neither team would score for the rest of the period, heading into the second period tied at 1-1.
Northeastern once again was on fire to start the period, as they scored a goal less than 30 seconds in the period. The goal allowed them to retake the lead, which was now 2-1. Alina Mueller scored the goal, her second goal of the night.
UConn had a couple of opportunities in the second period, but they were unable to capitalize. Going into the third period Northeastern still held a 2-1 lead. The Huskies ramped up their efforts on the both sides of the ice. With less than three minutes remaining in the period, UConn was able to tie the game up on a power play goal.
Neither team scored in the last couple of minutes in the third period, causing the game to go into overtime tied at 2-2. UConn had the momentum going into overtime, and the team was in a good position to get the upset win. However, it was not meant to be. Northeastern’s Codie Cross scored the game winning goal four minutes into the period.
UConn would get the chance to end the weekend on a high note with a matchup against Providence. For Providence this game provided an opportunity to move their winning streak to three. UConn and Providence split their last series against one another.
Unlike UConn’s game against Northeastern, neither team scored a goal early in the game. Both teams took a little bit of time to find their rhythm in this game. UConn struck first, taking a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Emily Reid scored the goal, her second on the year, and Jessie Aney and Danielle Fox assisted on the play. The first period would end with UConn holding a 1-0 lead.
The second period belonged to the Friars. They scored their first goal of the night halfway into the second period to tie the game at 1-1. Whitney Dove scored the goal. The Friars were not done yet. Several minutes later Providence struck again to tie the game up at 2-2.
UConn was held scoreless in the second period, so the game remained tied at 2-2 heading into the third period. Neither team was successful on capitalizing on their chances in the third period until the Huskies were able to tie the game late thanks to a power play goal. Danielle Fox scored her fifth goal of the season, and it tied the game at 2-2. Tristyn Svetek and Viki Harkness assisted Fox on the play.
Both teams were scoreless for the rest of the third, and UConn found itself in overtime for the second time this weekend. The Huskies and the Friars were unable to score in overtime, resulting in the game ending in overtime. So, while UConn did not suffer a second overtime loss this weekend, finishing with a tie does not feel much better.
Highlight of the Weekend: Danielle Fox was on fire this weekend, scoring two goals and she tallied an assist as well.
UConn will hope for better luck next week when they take on the University of Vermont.