Storrs, CT - Despite a goal from Juana Baribeau (Amos, QUE) that broke the early-season scoring slump, the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team couldn't get into the win column Saturday afternoon, falling to the University of Connecticut 3-1.
The Golden Knights, who are receiving votes in the latest USCHO poll just outside the top 10, fell to 0-3-0 on the season with the loss, while UConn evened its record at 1-1. Clarkson will play at Providence College Sunday afternoon, another squad that picked up notice in the last national poll.
Following a scoreless first period, the Huskies jumped on the scoreboard early, gaining a power-play score at 2:19. Maude Blain scored her first of the young season, with assists being awarded to Sami Evelyn and Alexandra Vakos. UConn scored 13 minutes later at 15:36, with Taylor Gross earning her first goal of the season, with assists going to Blain and Jennifer Chiasson.
In the third period, Clarkson ended its season-long scoreless streak, a stretch of more than 161 minutes. Freshman Jamie-Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) took a shot from the outside that sailed wide, but Baribeau picked up the loose puck at the bottom of the right face-off circle, scoring into the vacant right side of the net at 1:20 of the third.
Clarkson trailed by just a single score for the majority of the third period until Kelly Horan scored into an empty net at 19:24.
Senior goaltender Lauren Dahm (Baldwinsville, NY) made 31 saves, including 15 in the first period. Alexandra Garcia was steady throughout for UConn, recording double figures in saves in each period for a game-total of 34. Clarkson had a narrow 35-34 edge in shots and both teams had three power-play opportunities, with the Huskies cashing in one.