Richards' Hat Trick Helps Maine Defeat UConn 5-2
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Maine women's ice hockey team rallied to defeat the UConn Huskies 5-2 on Saturday afternoon. Audra Richards (Maplewood, Minn.) scored three for the Black Bears. Maine improves to a 7-19-5 on the season.
Maine and UConn faced off for game two of a two game series. Maine swept the weekend defeating UConn back-to-back afternoons.
The Huskies skated to a strong start putting a goal on the board just over a minute into the game. Rebecca Fleming found Michela Cava who fired the puck for a score at 1:08 into the first.
The Huskies ended the period with a goal when Alice Hughes passed the puck to Susan Cavangh who drove the puck by Maine goalie Meghann Treacy (Lake Peekskill, N.Y) at 18:58 into the period.
The first period closed with UConn on top 2-0.
The Huskies out shot Maine 13 to 5 in the first period.
The Black Bears recorded their first goal at 11:37 into the second period when Richards scored a power play goal on a pass from Kelsey MacSorely (Stratford, Ontario), cutting the Huskies lead.
Maine out shot UConn 7 to 6 in the second period.
Maine came out hot on the third period scoring four goals to seal the win.
Richards and MacSorley teamed up again for a goal and assist at 9:20 into the period. Richards notched her second goal of the night.
The Black Bears continued their scoring streak when Kelly McDonald (Ancaster, Ontario) hit the puck in the net on a pass from Jennifer More (Deloraine, Manitoba) to tie the game at 14:17 into the period.
The Black Bears took the lead at 19:13 into the third when Hailey Browne (Oakville, Ontario) notched an unassisted goal to give Maine the edge over the Huskies.
Richards had a hat trick, scoring her third of the night with just seconds left in the game leading the Black Bears to a 5-2 victory in their final regular season contest.
Maine had 17 shots on net in the third and held the Huskies to 8 shots on goal.
Treacy made 25 saves for Maine while Sarah Moses stopped 24 for UConn.