Women's hockey looks for first win
Published: Friday, October 11, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013 00:10
Still searching for their first win under new head coach Chris MacKenzie, the UConn women’s hockey team (0-3-0) welcomes Colgate University (0-2-0) to the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum for a doubleheader today and tomorrow.
The Huskies are coming off a pair of losses to the Bulldogs of Minnesota Duluth by scores of 7-0 and 6-1. The weekend started off horribly for the Huskies, as they allowed the opening goal just 13 seconds into the first period. It only got worse from there as Minnesota-Duluth peppered UConn goaltender Elaine Chuli all weekend long. Despite setting a career high with 45 saves, Chuli allowed six goals before being replaced by senior Sarah Moses in the third period. The Huskies were outshot 59-22 on the evening.
In the second game of the weekend, the Huskies fared little better, holding off the Bulldogs for just two minutes and 20 seconds before allowing the first goal. Two more would follow for the Bulldogs in the first period before UConn got on the board for the first time. Junior forward Sarah MacDonnel notched her first goal of the season for the Huskies off an assist from sophomore Cassandra Opela. The assist was the first point of Opela’s career. Moses was the second consecutive Huskies goalkeeper to set a personal best, as she made 45 saves in the game. The Huskies were outshot 51-16, bringing the weekend total to a whopping 110 shots for the Bulldogs, compared to just 38 for the Huskies.
Colgate University is coming off a similarly tough weekend, as they played the No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers in a two-game set, losing both games by a combined score of 11-4. MacKenzie and his Huskies have to hope for a better result as the puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. today, while a 2 p.m. start is scheduled for Saturday.