STORRS, CT (Dec. 8) - Sara Mahoney (Lynn, MA) of the University of Connecticut women's ice hockey team put the Huskies on the board early in the game, but UConn was unable to hold on for a win against No. 5 nationally ranked New Hampshire on Sunday at the UConn Ice Arena. The Wildcats edged the Huskies, 2-1 in the Hockey East contest as they improve to 14-1-1 overall and 5-0 in Hockey East. The Huskies fall to 6-9-1, 1-3-1 in the conference.
The game started in a very different fashion than UConn's 8-0 loss to the Wildcats on Saturday. Mahoney scored for the Huskies just 3:03 into the game on the power play. Shannon Connolly (Baldwinsville, NY) sent the puck toward the net with Mahoney skating in. Mahoney slightly redirected the puck for her team-leading seventh goal of the season. Connecticut held New Hampshire scoreless for another 15 minutes, and allowed the tying goal with just under two minutes to play in the period. Debbie Bernhard took advantage of a tangle in front of UConn goaltender Shannon Murphy (Mapleville, RI) and put in the tying goal. Annie Fahlenbock was credited with the assist.
There was no scoring in the second period, as UNH put seven shots toward the net, including four on three power-play chances. The Huskies slowed down in the second, sending only three shots on net as compared to nine in the first period.
Stephanie Jones scored the game-winner for the Wildcats early in the third with a two- skater advantage at 1:27. She took a high slapshot from the middle of the two faceoff circles and got it past Murphy to go ahead, 2-1. Final shots on goal were 20 apiece.
Murphy stopped 18 in net for the Huskies, as UNH goaltender Jen Huggon denied 19.