STORRS, Conn. – The No. 9 Maine Black Bears stumbled on the road at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum as they dropped a match, 4-0, to the University of Connecticut on Saturday afternoon.
Striking first, just 1:58 into the match, Morgan Wabick gave the Huskies (9-11-8, 3-10-5 WHEA) an early 1-0 lead hugging the right post as she tapped the puck in just out of reach of Carly Jackson in net for Maine (16-9-3, 10-6-2 WHEA). Setting up the scoring opportunity was Natalie Snodgrass for an assist.
Snodgrass continued creating scoring opportunities with a goal of her own to put UConn up, 2-0, with 3:50 left to play in the opening stanza. Taking the puck and skating around the back of Maine’s net, she started towards her own defensive end before carving back in rather abruptly to send a shot through traffic blocking Jackson’s view in net.
Jackson once again kicked off the first period in between the pipes tallying double digits in saves (12). The Black Bears closed out the opening frame killing a 5-on-3 power play advantage for the Huskies.
Leah Lum potted a pair of goals for the Huskies at the end of the second period and opening up the third. Lum used her speed to skate past the defenders down the side of the ice leaving herself one-on-one with Jackson for her first goal. Just 45 seconds into the final frame on a power play, Lum roofed a hard shot off a pass by Taylor Wabick for her second goal of the day Both T. Wabick and Kayle Mee recorded a trio of helpers on the day to help UConn extend their lead to 4-0.
Both teams powered 26 shots on frame towards goal with Jackson recording 22 saves while Annie Belanger stopped all 26. In the circle, Lydia Murray stole the show, winning an impressive 12-of-19 face-offs for Maine.
Maine women’s ice hockey will return home for a two-game series hosting the University of New Hampshire, kicking off the weekend on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.