Isabel Menard Logs Career Point 150 in Road Win over Huskies

Mark StaffieriContributor IIJanuary 9, 2013

Photo by Steve McLaughlin
Photo by Steve McLaughlin

Heading into their match with the Boston University Terriers, the Connecticut Huskies had some remarkable momentum. Not only did prized prospect Elaine Chuli win her first NCAA match, but Huskies player Kayla Campero entered the game being named the Hockey East Player of the Week. Despite holding the lead twice, the Huskies were eventually overtaken by a stronger Terriers team.

Despite the Terriers outshooting the Huskies by a 12-3 margin in the first frame, Chuli was solid between the pipes. The only goal in the period was scored on a Huskies power play as the nationally-ranked Terriers faced a 1-0 setback. Brittany Berisoff logged said goal, with assists going to Campero and Casey Knajdek.

Less than two minutes into the second stanza, the Terriers tied the game. The goal would signify a great milestone for Isabel Menard.  She would assist on the goal to reach the 150th point of her storied NCAA career. Said point was earned as she assisted on Louise Warren’s goal (her sixth of the season). With the assist, Menard only needs seven more to reach the century mark in career assists.

Eight minutes later, Campero scored on the power play to give back the Huskies the lead, with assists going to Berisoff and Leah Burress. Before the period would end, the Terriers responded by tying the game. At the 17:13 mark, the dynamic duo of Marie-Philip Poulin and Sarah Lefort connected for the Terriers. With the goal, Sarah Lefort tied for the team lead in goals with 10.

With the score tied in the final frame, Kayla Tutino provided the Terriers with their first lead of the game. A mere 36 seconds into the period, Tutino buried the puck past Chuli as Menard and Warren were credited with the assists. Finally holding the lead, the Terriers would not relinquish it as Menard notched her seventh score of the year at 6:56. Tutino would assist on the goal as both players enjoyed a three-point night.

Terriers backstop Alissa Fromkin stopped 19 shots while Chuli made 31 stops in a valiant effort. Menard also contributed to her own cause by winning 10 out of 14 faceoffs. The only other player to win 10 faceoffs during the contest was her teammate Marie-Philip Poulin. Tutino and Menard were recognized as the First and Second stars of the game, respectively, while Campero was named the Third Star.