Durham, N.H.--Junior center Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.) scored two goals and added an assist as the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team recorded its third straight shutout and fourth of the year in a 5-0 win over Ohio State University Sunday afternoon. With the win, UNH improves to 11-2-0 overall and Ohio State falls to 3-16-1 overall.
Thornton put the Wildcats on the board 1-0 with just over a minute into the first period with a shot in front of the crease. Senior forward Sabrina Monsen (Eagle River, Alaska) and sophomore forward Kelly McManus (Dedham, Mass.) assisted on what proved to be the game winner.
In the second period, Thornton found the back of the net to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. With UNH on the power play, senior forward Samantha Holmes (Mississauga, Ont.) passed to Thornton who took a slapshot from just inside the blueline for her fourth goal of the season.
Thornton found freshman defenseman Nicole Stefanilo (Sanford, Maine) in the third period as Stefanilo took a shot that trickled past Ohio State goaltender April Stojak to extend the lead 3-0. Holmes scored her fourth goal of the weekend less than 11 minutes later off assists from senior forwards Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.) and Tina Carrabba (Billerica, Mass.) for a 4-0 score. Carrabba then tallied one of her own directly in front of the net to close out the scoring 5-0.
UNH senior goaltender Alicia Roberts (N. Muskegon, Mich.) stopped nine shots en route to her first shutout of the year. Stojak made 29 saves in a losing cause.
The Wildcats travel to St. Lawrence on Friday for a 7 p.m. start. UNH then takes on Cornell in Ithaca, NY on Saturday at 7 p.m.