DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore Kira Juodikis (LaSalle, Ontario) recorded two goals and an assist to propel the University of New Hampshire women's hockey team to Monday night's 4-2 victory against Saint Anselm College at the Whittemore Center.
Juodikis matched her season and career highs of two goals and three points. Junior Brianna Brooks (Whitby, Ontario) equaled her personal best of two points with a goal and an assist while grad student Emily Pinto (Mulmur, Ontario) tied her career high of two assists.
Grad student and captain Ava Boutilier (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) made six of her 11 saves in the first period. Saint Anselm goalie Allie Kelley made 41 saves, including 19 in the opening stanza.
The Hawks' goals were scored by Kelly Golini and Audrey Jackson.
UNH improved to 5-6-0 at home and 7-14-0 overall while Saint Anselm moves to 11-10-1.
- New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 6-7 at the East/West Showcase, which is at the University of Minnesota's Ridder Arena. UNH faces off against 15th-ranked St. Cloud State on Jan. 6 (3:30 p.m. Eastern) and then No. 5 Minnesota on Jan. 7 (5:30 p.m. Eastern).
- The Wildcats' next home game is Friday, Jan. 13 vs Maine. Purchase tickets online at unhwildcats.com, by calling (603) 862-4000 or by visiting the Whittemore Center Ticket Office.
- UNH recorded a 19-7 shot advantage in the opening 20 minutes by the visitors took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on Golini's goal at 12:58.
- The Wildcats recorded 19 more shots and outscored the Hawks 3-1 in the second stanza to hold a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes.
- New Hampshire capitalized on its third power play of the game to tie the score, 1-1, at 5:44. Jones received a return pass from senior captain Annie Berry (Milton, Mass.) in the top of the left circle and snapped a shot through traffic into the upper-right corner. Senior Jada Christian (East Caledon, Ontario) was credited with the secondary assist.
- Jackson responded with a goal 34 seconds later, however, to put Saint Anselm back on top, 2-1, at 6:18.
- With both teams serving a penalty, Pinto led a 2-on-1 rush down the slot and slipped a pass to the right. Juodikis skated onto the puck and ripped a shot from the inner-right circle under the crossbar to once again tie the score, 2-2, at 13:38.
- The Wildcats scored another power-play goal at 17:29 to take their first lead of the night, 3-2. Pinto initiated the scoring sequence with a pass from the left circle to the near post, where Juodikis was denied by Kelley. Brooks charged to the top of the crease and poked the puck into the net before Kelley could cover it with her glove.
- The 'Cats were whistled for the only two penalties in the final frame but recorded a 7-3 shot advantage.
- UNH executed a tic-tack-toe sequence to extend the lead to 4-2 at 8:59. Grad student Emily Rickwood (Brantford, Ontario) snapped a diagonal pass from the left circle down low to Brooks, who quickly moved the puck to the front of the net for Juodikis' one-timer into the open net.
- New Hampshire finished with a 45-13 shot advantage and 34-14 edge in the faceoff circle.
- The Wildcats were 2-for-5 on the power play while the Hawks went 0-for-5.
- Saint Anselm recorded 13 blocked shots, whereas UNH was credited with seven blocks.
- Rickwood tied the school record for career games played at 150; Maddie Truax (2018-22) also played in 150 games as a Wildcat.
- The third-period marked Rickwood's 50th career point (10 goals, 40 assists).
- This marked the fourth career two-goal game for Juodikis and third career three-point effort. She accomplished both most recently Nov. 15 at Boston U.
- This was Brooks' third two-point game of the season and 10th career.
- Brooks led all skaters with 11 faceoff wins.
- Grad student and captain Lauren Martin (Cambridge, Ontario) won all seven of her faceoff draws. Both Jones and junior Chavonne Truter (Uxbridge, Ontario) won 6 of 7 faceoffs.
- Pinto now has seven career games with two assists, but this was her first multiple-assist game as a Wildcat.
- This was Boutilier's first game since Nov. 19; senior Nicky Harnett (Plymouth, Minn.) had started each of the past three games.
- Boutilier extended her school record for career saves to 3,192. She is No. 3 in career minutes at 6942:18 and ahead of her is Melissa Bourdon at 7022:21.
- Junior captain Charli Kettyle (Perth, Ontario) led UNH with three blocks.
- UNH has a 33-11-2 record in first games of a new year, and that includes 14-1-1 in home games.
- This was the first meeting between the UNH and Saint Anselm women's hockey programs.