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Junior forward Taylor Wenczkowski scored two goals in the third period for the Wildcats
Wenczkowski's Two Goals Push New Hampshire Past Boston College, 3-2
Junior forward Taylor Wenczkowski scored two goals in the third period for the Wildcats

DURHAM, N.H. - Junior forward Taylor Wenczkowski (Rochester, N.H.) tallied two goals in the final 15 minutes of play as the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team came from behind to take down #10 Boston College by a score of 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

Wenczkowski's goals were her eighth and ninth of the season, as she now leads the team in that stat. The Wildcats also got a goal from senior Jenna Rheault (Deering, N.H.) to tie the game in the second period, and a game-high 23 saves from senior captain Kyra Smith (Littleton, Colo.) who is now 6-4-2 on the season.

The Wildcats continued their unbeaten streak, extending it to eight games without a loss, dating back to before the winter break. UNH travels to Yale on Tuesday evening, January 8 at 7 P.M. for the first game of a five-game January road trip. New Hampshire returns home Saturday, Janaury 26 to face Hockey East foe Holy Cross for the Hockey Fights Cancer game at the Whittemore Center.

For tickets to all home games, visit UNHWildcats.com or call (603) 860-4000.


SKATING STRIDES:

Saturday's game was the annual Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer game, where UNH wore special edition pink jerseys, and sold special pink merchandise and raffle tickets with all proceeds going to the Ellie Fund. The raffle tickets were for fans to win some of the special pink game-official jerseys.


UP NEXT - SKATE WITH THE 'CATS

Back by popular demand is the annual Skate with the 'Cats in Portsmouth, New Hampshire! Join members of the men's and women's hockey teams and the UNH mascots at Labrie Family Skate at Puddledock Pond in Strawbery Banke on Sunday, Jan. 6 from 9:30-11 a.m. Enjoy hot chocolate and a poster signing! Regular admission rates apply. Rentals available on site.


GAME INFORMATION:

Date: Jan. 5, 2019
Location: Whittemore Center - Durham, N.H.
Attendance: 291
Score: UNH 3 (7-9-4, 5-8-1) BC 2 (13-8-0, 10-6-0)

Goals:

UNH (3) - Jenna Rheault, Taylor Wenczkowski (2)
BC (2) - Lindsay Agnew, Daryl Watts

Assists:

UNH (6) - Grace Middleton, Taylor Wenczkowski, Tori Howran, Lauren Martin, Paige Rynne, Emily Rickwood
BC (2) - Megan Keller, Serena Sommerfield

Goaltenders:

Kyra Smith - 13-6-4 - 23 (2 GA) {60:00} (W)
Maddy McArthur - 4-7-8 - 19 (3 GA) {59:06} (L)


GAME RECAP

- The Wildcats had a powerplay with 10:23 left in the first, but failed to convert, despite several promising scoring chances. Boston College answered with a flurry of shots, which were all turned away by goaltender Kyra Smith.

- After a lengthy back and forth period, the Wildcats took a tripping penalty with 56 seconds remaining in the opening period, but the Eagles would not convert. Smith turned away all 13 shots that came her way, including four from BC Junior Caitrin Lonergan.

- UNH killed the penalty that carried over from the first period. Shortly after, Carlee Turner (Scottsdale, Ariz.) shot the puck off the post, just barely missing a goal.

- After taking a penalty for holding 4:22 into the second period, the Eagles scored on a short-handed breakaway, opening up the scoring.

- Both the Wildcats and Eagles took minor penalties just seconds after the goal, though neither team scored on their ensuing powerplays.

- Shortly after the halfway mark of the second tilt, the Wildcats went on another powerplay, with Devan Taylor (North Billerica, Mass.) shooting the puck off the pipe, but failing to score on the man advantage. Jenna Rheault scored her first goal of the season, rifling in a shot from the blue line, scoring high glove side, shortly after both teams returned to full strength.

- With the game tied, the Eagles struck back to regain the lead, after a missed shot by the Wildcats led to a BC rush, resulting in a goal by Daryl Watts. The Wildcats trailed 2-1 through 40 minutes.

- The Wildcats got their best scoring opportunity of the game when two Eagles were called for cross-checking and slashing on the same delayed play 5:21 into the third period. Taylor Wenczkowski took just 10 seconds into the advantage to score the game-tying goal, assisted by Tori Howran (Bancroft, Ontario) and Lauren Martin (Cambridge, Ontario).

- The score remained tied for another 10 minutes before UNH got a 2-on-1 advantage going into the offensive zone. Paige Rynne (Ancaster, Ontario) passed across the offensive zone to Wenczkowski, who was hooked and brought down as she fired a shot past McArthur. The Wildcats took the lead 14:21 into the period, but were unable to convert on the following power play.

- Boston College had one more late chance on a tripping call on Wenczkowski 17:29 into the period. Halfway through the power play, the Eagles pulled their goaltender and attempted to tie the game, but the Wildcat defense held strong and preserved the win.


BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

- The Wildcats have not lost a game since November 10, 2018. In the eight games since that loss, they are 6-0-2, with wins over Boston College, Merrimack, and Dartmouth, a win and a tie over Rensselaer, and a tie against Harvard.

- Lauren Martin continued her point streak; she has two assists in as many games.

- The Wildcats allowed the first goal in their last two games; they are now 3-9-2 when their opponent scores first.

- The win was the first all season for UNH when trailing after two periods. (1-5-1)

- Taylor Wenczkowski tallied a new career high with three points in the contest, notching her third career multi-goal game and eighth career multipoint game.


PENALTIES

UNH: 4-8 BC: 8-16


POWER PLAYS

UNH: 1-7 BC: 0-2


NEW HAMPSHIRE LEADERS:

Points (3): Taylor Wenczkowski
Goals (2): Taylor Wenczkowski
Assists (1): Six players
Shots (6): Devan Taylor
Blocked Shots (2) Tori Howran
Faceoffs (7): Lauren Martin


BOSTON COLLEGE LEADERS:

Points (1): Four players
Goals (1): Lindsay Agnew, Daryl Watts
Assists (1): Megan Keller, Serena Sommerfield
Shots (6): Makenna Newkirk
Blocked Shots (4): Kali Flanagan
Faceoffs (14): Kelly Browne

Game Summary

Saturday, January 5, 2019

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3
Game statistics
25 Shots 22
0 / 2 Power Plays 1 / 7
8 / 16 PIM 4 / 8
13-8-0 Records 7-9-4
GOAL SCORERS
Boston College New Hampshire
Lindsay Agnew (6)
2nd/4:57 SH
Jenna Rheault (1)
2nd/12:57
Daryl Watts (12)
2nd/17:38
Taylor Wenczkowski (8)
3rd/5:31 PP
Taylor Wenczkowski (9)
3rd/14:21  DP GW
GOALTENDERS
Boston College New Hampshire
Maddy McArthur
59:06, 19 Saves, 3 GA
(L, 12-7-0)

Empty Net
0:54, 0 GA
Kyra Smith
60:00, 23 Saves, 2 GA
(W, 6-4-2)