By David F.P. [Modest Image Gallery]
November 22, 2009 (Short version of the report.) (Note, this report was published a week late.)
STORRS, CT- The Boston College Eagles, long time rivals of the UConn Huskies for reasons on and off the playing surface, arrived in Connecticut on a November 14th and the two teams held each other scoreless through three periods and an overtime for a 0-0 tie. The netminders were Kiera Kingston in goal for BC, and Alexandra Garcia for the Huskies. It wasn’t until a shootout before the puck made it into the net when BC’s Allie Thunstrom backhanded a shot into the left corner of the goal, the only point of the shootout as well.
There wasn’t many penalties either as it wasn’t until a bit into the 2nd period that any were called. Caitlin Walsh was called for high sticking at 5:11 giving Connecticut a power play which they were unable to score on. Play continued until Monique Weber was called for interference at 9:28, but the Eagles were equally unsuccessful in their power play effort. The opportunities kept coming for both sides, but neither goalie allowed any points. Mary Restuccia was called for slashing at 18:36 but it also did not lead to any points. At the end of period 2 the shots on goal totals had Connecticut with 25 and BC with 11. Play resumed in the third with each side trying to break the deadlock. Danielle Welch was called for interference at 9:45 putting the Huskies on the power play, but it did not result in a goal, and Michelle Binning’s high sticking penalty took care of the power play, but UConn also killed off their portion and kept the game scoreless. That would be the last penalty of the game. At the end of three, Kingston had faced 33 shots, and Garcia 17. The two sides would continue their efforts in overtime, but aside from one shot on Garcia there was no other shots in the period. Ensuring a tie.
The shootout followed and Thunstrom swept in for her goal. Kingston stopped Amy Hollstein, Weber, and Maude Blain’s shot hit the cross bar. Blake Bolden and Restuccia also were unable to score against Garcia.
Usually these reports go into greater game detail but several reasons including the fact that a 0-0 game eliminates some of the suspense in reports, this report is more limited. There were plenty of scoring chances for both sides generated by a lot of players