UConn Edges Yale 2-1 to Win Inaugural Nutmeg Classic
Oct. 31, 2004
New Haven, CT - Jennifer Houlden's goal with 39 seconds left in regulation gave UConn a 2-1 win over Yale Sunday afternoon at Ingalls Rink. With the win, the Huskies claimed the inaugural Nutmeg Classic, a tournament featuring three Connecticut women's hockey teams. Both the Bulldogs and the Huskies had defeated Quinnipiac earlier in the weekend.
Husky goalie Shannon Murphy (37 saves), who would go on to win the Laurie Belliveau Award as the top goaltender in the Nutmeg Classic, was strong from the start. The Bulldogs also caught two tough breaks early on when shots by Regan Gilbride and Christina Sharun hit the post. The teams went scoreless in the first period.
Yale went on top when Jenna Spring backhanded a rebound past a sprawled Murphy at the 12:30 mark of the second. Deena Caplette and Kristin Savard assisted on the play. It looked like the Bulldogs would keep that lead into the second intermission until Tiffany Owens put one past Yale's Sarah Love (22 saves) with 1:10 left on the clock, assisted by Britney Chandler and Natlie Vibert. Owens would go on to earn MVP honors for the tournament.
Yale entered the third period with a 32-17 edge in shots but the final frame played out evenly. The Bulldogs missed an opportunity just 20 seconds in when a loose puck drifted through the crease with Murphy down on the ice trying to make a save, as Yale could not get a stick on the puck. Yale killed off three penalties in the third and eight overall, but Houlden's goal at even strength proved to be the game-winner. The Bulldogs ended with a frustrating 38-24 edge in shots.
"When you outshoot people by that much, you have to score goals," noted Yale head coach Hilary Witt, who was going up against her former coach at Northeastern in UConn's Heather Linstad. "We played well, but we made a few mistakes and took a few penalties we shouldn't have taken."
After a 1-1 opening weekend, Yale continues a stretch of home games by hosting Vermont and No. 2 Dartmouth next weekend. Tickets are available at the rink one hour prior to the game.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department