Junior Bailey Habscheid's first goal of the season was a big one, as her tally at 11:04 of the third period helped the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team earn a 2-2 tie with the University of Connecticut on Sunday afternoon in Storrs, CT.
The tie is the first of the season for the Saints, now 7-6-1 overall, while the Huskies move to 2-10-2 on the year thanks to a 41-save performance by goaltender Elaine Chuli.
"Chuli played great and UConn made us work for everything," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "They played a strong team-game and had four great chances in overtime. Carmen (MacDonald) made a couple key saves when we needed them to keep the game tied."
St. Lawrence had the better of the play throughout regulation and finished with a 43-28 advantage in shots on goal. However, the Saints lost the special teams battle with a disappointing 0-for-8 mark on the power play while the Huskies finished 1-for-4 and UConn had the better overtime bids.
Chuli and MacDonald each posted perfect first periods, with the opening goal coming at the 2:05 mark of the second when Casey Knajdek put the Huskies on top 1-0. Emily Snodgrass assisted on the first goal.
Though St. Lawrence would own a 19-11 advantage in shots in the second period, Chuli kept the Saints off the scoreboard and kept her team on top 1-0 through two periods.
Senior captain Kelly Sabatine would need only :07 seconds to change that in the third, however. The Hamilton, ON native took the opening faceoff, darted through the Huskie defense and scored on Chuli to tie the game at 1-1 with her eighth goal of the season.
Snodgrass would give UConn its lead back at 2-1 at 7:09 of the third, scoring a power play goal off a feed from Brittany Berisoff. However, Habscheid would respond only 3:55 later, beating Chuli for the game-tying goal on a rebound off a shot from Ellie Williams. Williams and Kayla Raniwsky each were credited with assists.
MacDonald, who made 21 saves in regulation, delivered a clutch performance in the extra session. UConn had a power play in the final minutes of the game and had a 5-1 advantage in shots, but the Saints' netminder helped her team solidify the 2-2 tie.
St. Lawrence will have next weekend off following Thanksgiving and will close the first semester with a four game home stand against Colgate (11/30), Cornell (12/1) and Penn State (12/7 and 12/8).