STORRS, Conn. (January 6, 2007) Ė The second-ranked University of New Hampshire womenís hockey team scored the gameís first six goals en route to a 6-2 win over Connecticut on Saturday afternoon at the Freitas Ice Forum.
The loss drops the Huskies to 11-8-1 on the year overall and 7-3-1 in Hockey East play. The Wildcats improve to 15-2-3 overall and 7-1-0 in league action. The defeat is UConnís fourth straight after opening the season on an 11-4-1 clip.
UNH dominated the first period, outshooting the Huskies 18-6 and setting the tone early by scoring the gameís first goal 5:14 into the contest when Angela Taylor tipped in a Jackie Wedster slap shot from the point. UNH scored twice more in the second stanza. Just over eight minutes into the period, UNH caught UConn in a line change leaving Husky defenseman Bridget King to defend a three-on-one. Hockey East scoring leader Sam Faber ended up with the puck and buried it to put UNH up 2-0. Just 52 seconds before the end of the period, UNH made the score 3-0 when Leah Craig rifled a wrist shot from the right face off circle high over the shoulder of UConn netminder Brittany Wilson.
Each of the third periodís first three tallies went for the Wildcats as UNH opened up a 6-0 lead just 8:41 into the frame after Craig added her second goal of the day and Nicole Hekle struck twice. The Huskies kept plugging though and added a pair of power play goals late in the third to account for the 6-2 final. Jaclyn Hawkins netted the first at 13:01 while Amy Hollstein potted a rebound at 14:11. Katherine Van Deveire helped set up both goals while Hawkins made it a two-point day with a helper on Hollsteinís goal.
Wilson went the distance in the UConn net, stopping 32 of 38 UNH shots. Melissa Bourdon made 16 saves for UNH.
UConn returns to action on Thursday night, Jan. 11, when the Huskies play host to Boston University at 7:00 p.m.