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UConn women’s hockey closes out BU, 5-2

The Huskies scored three goals in the third period as head coach Chris Mackenzie became the winningest coach in program history.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

UConn women’s hockey (14-6-2) defeated the BU Terriers at the Toscano Family Ice Forum, 5-2, in a rollercoaster of a game. The win was head coach Chris Mackenzie’s 164th at the helm, the most of any coach in program history.

Brooke Campbell (Forward, Sophomore) sent in a one-timer from Kyla Josefovic (F, Soph.) to open the scoring. Then Coryn Tormala (F, Grad) took a pass from Camryn Wong (Defender, Grad) across the blue line and skated up from the left side, sending a wrister top-right to make it 2-0 with 8:17 left.

BU scored on a power play to make it 2-1 after a first period where UConn went 0-for-2 on the power play while shots were fairly even with the visitors holding a 12-11 advantage.

The Terriers tied it up in the second period as the Huskies failed to score with another two power-play chances. They went into the second intermission tied at two with the visitors looking like they’d captured momentum.

But the third period was all Huskies. Just under four minutes in, Riley Grimley (F, Junior) skated behind the net to its left and sent a pass across to Jada Habisch (F, Junior) who finished for the go-ahead goal. Freshman forward Ashley Allard notched an assist for her pass to Grimley and also made a great play to assist the fourth goal.

Allard skated around her defender to the left, nearing the boards as she crossed the goal line, and sent a laser to Claire Peterson for the insurance goal, making it 4-2. Josefovic added an empty-netter as the Huskies secured the victory — their third in a row — and inched closer to Boston College at the top of the Hockey East standings.

BC has 35 points in 17 games played while UConn has 34 points in 15 games. Northeastern is third in the standings with 27 points in 16 games while New Hampshire has 26 points in 15 games in fourth place.

Next up, UConn hosts Maine on Friday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Toscano Family Ice Forum. Then they visit New Hampshire on Sunday, January 21, in Durham, NH, where the puck will drop at noon.