Busa stops 17 shots for second career shutout
STORRS, Conn. - Brittany Busa (Concord, Mass.) stopped all 17 shots to record her second career shutout as the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team skated to a 0-0 tie against the University of Connecticut in Hockey East action at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum.
UNH, which played to a scoreless draw for just the second time in its 741-game history, is now 19-5-5 overall and 11-1-3 in Hockey East. The only other scoreless tie was Jan, 30, 1999 vs. the University of Minnesota at UNH's Whittemore Center. UConn is now 11-11-7, 7-5-3.
Busa's biggest challenge came in the five-minute overtime session. With 1:30 elapsed, an Alicia Ramolla slapshot from the left point was redirected in front and Busa had to make a sprawling glove save at the left post. She also had to make a couple of diving efforts with 30 seconds left to keep the game scoreless.
UConn netminder Kaitlyn Shain finished with 34 saves, including one in overtime on a screened slapshot by Nicole Hekle (Winnipeg, Manitoba) from the left point midway through the extra session.
The teams slated to a scoreless tie through two periods with UNH generating a 23-11 shot advantage. UConn opened the game strong and held the Wildcats without a shot on goal for more than 10 minutes but the 'Cats drew even by the first intermission, 8-8. UNH controlled play through much of the middle stanza to record a 15-3 shot advantage and continued to carry play in the third period and had a 10-2 edge for a 33-13 overall differential through regulation.
With consecutive shutouts - UNH also, held Maine scoreless last Sunday - the Wildcats extended their shutout streak to 1.51:22.
This was the third time in UNH's history that a game was scoreless through regulation. The 'Cats lost a 1-0 overtime game Dec. 3, 2001 at Princeton University.
New Hampshire and UConn conclude the two-game weekend series Feb. 20 (2 p.m.) at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. The Wildcats' next home game is Feb. 26 against Providence College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.