Senior Julie Allen posts goal and assist for Wildcats

Senior Julie Allen scored a goal and an assist for the Wildcats

Durham, N.H. - Senior Julie Allen (Brampton, Ontario) tallied a goal and an assist, including the game-winner, to lead the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to a 2-1 win against Clarkson University on Friday evening in the team's home opener at the Whittemore Center.

The Wildcats' third-straight win improves their record to 4-2-0, while the Golden Knights fall to 1-5-1.

With the game tied at one and just 1:08 remaining in the second period, Allen potted the eventual game-winner. Senior Courtney Sheary (Melrose, Mass.) sent a cross-ice pass from the top of the right circle to the bottom of the left circle, where Allen collected the puck and shot it over the right pad of Clarkson goaltender Erica Howe and into the back of the net for the 2-1 lead. Sophomore Katie Brock (Marblehead, Mass.) also earned an assist on the play.

UNH goaltender Lindsey Minton (Richardson, Texas) stopped 14 shots, including eight in the third period to make Allen's goal stand up. Howe, meanwhile, made 27 saves, including 15 in the middle stanza.

Clarkson jumped out to the 1-0 lead 12:28 into the game when Juana Baribeau's pass from the high left slot to the right circle set up Melissa Waldie, whose wrist shot beat Minton glove side. Jamie Rattray also was credited with an assist on the play.

The Wildcats nearly tied the game five minutes into the second period when sophomore Kristine Horn (Utica, Mich.) buried a loose puck on the doorstep. The goal was called back, however, as the referees declared that it came after the whistle had blown.

The 'Cats did eventually net the equalizer in the middle period, however, when Allen set up freshman Nicole Gifford (Peterborough, Ontario) for her second-career tally. Allen drove the puck down the left side and around the back of the net to the far post where she dished it back across to the left slot for Gifford, who went five-hole on Howe.

UNH outshot Clarkson, 29-15, including 17-2 in the game-changing second period.

The Wildcats return to action Saturday evening (Oct. 23) when they play host to St. Lawrence University at the Whittemore Center. The puck drops at 5 p.m.