Nov. 25, 2008
Storrs, CT - The Huskies came out strong on Tuesday night, knocking off Brown 4-0 while scoring a pair of goals in each of the first two periods. Senior goalie Nicole Stock (Buffalo Grove, IL) had 45 saves in the contest, but was unable to quell the offensive onslaught of Connecticut, which fell just one shot shy of 50 in the game.
The first period started quietly for both squads, as neither was able to get many quality looks in the early going. UConn finally broke through near the midway point, however, knocking a power play goal past Stock for a 1-0 lead. Just before the first intermission, the Huskies' Dominique Thibault scored the first of her two goals for a 2-0 advantage going into the locker rooms.
Thibault struck again to open the second period, striking just under four minutes into the frame, and giving the Huskies some added insurance. Though the Bears were able to get off three shots during a power play opportunity, they were unable to push through a score to get back into the game. With four minutes remaining in the period, Connecticut scored again on a power play of its own, capping off the scoring for the evening at 4-0.
Though they were unable to break onto the scoreboard, Brown continued to fight hard in the third period. The Bears had four power play opportunities, which they were able to convert into six shots on goal, but couldn't push the puck past Husky goalie Jennie Bellonio. Stock also played an impressive final period, stopping all 15 shots that were sent her way, and giving Brown a chance to get back into the game.
The Bears will be back in action on Saturday night, when they return home to host Providence College in the Mayor's Cup, as they will continue their inter-city rivalry.