Women's hockey gets outscored 13-1 at Duluth
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 23:10
Whenever a team brings in a new head coach, growing pains are to be expected. There is a new system to adjust to, new personnel to develop chemistry with and, overall, an entirely new style of play. There are growing pains, as the opening games of the season are generally used to sort out problems and get used to new adjustments.
However, when looking to develop chemistry under a new system, facing the number one team in the country is less than ideal, as Chris MacKenzie’s UConn women’s hockey team was thrown into the fire against top-ranked Minnesota-Deluth over the weekend.
MacKenzie, who made his UConn coaching debut in last weekend’s loss to Union College, had a tough case on his hands, as the Huskies dropped back-to-back games to the Bulldogs by scores of 7-0 and 6-1.
The weekend’s opening game was a rough one for the Huskies, as Minnesota Duluth wasted little time in asserting their dominance. The hosts were able to score 13 seconds into Friday’s matchup, and refused to look back as the Bulldogs scored seven goals from six different goalscorers.
UConn’s Elaine Chuli was peppered by the Bulldogs offense, as the sophomore goaltender was able to set a career high with 45 saves before being replaced by Sarah Moses in the third period.
The Huskies were outshot by a total of 59-22, while also going scoreless on six power play opportunities.
The second game of the series was slightly better for the Huskies, as Sarah MacDonnel was able to light the lamp late in the first period.
Minnesota Duluth jumped out to a three-goal lead in the first on two power-play conversions. The Bulldogs were able to sandwich MacDonnel’s effort with three additional scores in the second and third periods, giving the hosts six on the day.
Moses, who played the entire game in net, was able to record a career high of her own, as the senior netminder picked up 45 saves on the day.
The Huskies will return to action this Friday, as they open up a weekend set against visiting Colgate.