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UConn women’s hockey falls to No. 7 Quinnipiac, 4-2

The Huskies battled to a tie through two periods but gave up two goals late in the third to lose their Nutmeg Classic opener.

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No. 11 UConn women’s hockey dropped a close one to No. 7 Quinnipiac, 4-2, at Ingalls Rink in New Haven for their first game of the Nutmeg Classic. The Huskies fall to 9-4-1 on the season and remain 8-3 in conference play.

Shots were even through the first period as the Bobcats took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission thanks to a nice individual effort for the goal.

In the second period, the Huskies tied it up and briefly held a lead. Kyla Josifovic spun around behind the net and sent the puck into the middle; Claire Peterson skated up to it and sent a wrist shot through to tie the game. Fifty seconds later, Camryn Wong corraled a loose puck going across the zone and fired it in to make it 2-1 with 7:02 left.

The lead would be short-lived, as 35 seconds later Quinnipiac tied it up. The game stayed tied into the second period and through the halfway point of the third before the Bobcats regained the lead. Julia Nearis scored her second goal of the day with 6:26 left. They added an insurance goal a few minutes later to put the game away.

UConn had a full power play at the end of the game and another one in the final 20 seconds in addition to a 6th skater but couldn’t cut into the lead. Goaltender Tia Chan made 32 saves on the day before being pulled at the end. QU had a slight advantage in shots overall, 36-34, and also in the face-off circle, 34-31.

Next up, the Huskies play Sacred Heart in the Nutmeg Classic’s consolation game on Saturday, which will be streaming on ESPN+.