Durham, N.H.-Senior center Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.) of the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team scored two goals, including one on the power play as the Wildcats defeated Providence College 3-1 Sunday afternoon at the Whittemore Center. UNH improves to 14-3-0 overall and 10-3-0 in the ECAC, Providence falls to 10-5-3 overall and 7-4-3 in league play.
Zaban put the Wildcats on the board 1-0 at the 3:29 mark of the first period when she took a feed from senior forward Samantha Holmes (Mississauga, Ont.) and found the right corner of the net. Less than two minutes later, junior center Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.) extended the Wildcat lead 2-0. Thornton took a centering pass from senior forward Sabrina Monsen (Eagle River, Alaska) and then redirected the pass to find the back of the net.
In the second period, Zaban scored her second goal of the game at 6:27 when she put one past Providence goaltender Sara DeCosta to give the Wildcats a 3-0 advantage.
Junior forward closed out the scoring in the third period when she scored a power play goal at 19:25 to prevent the Wildcat shutout.
Senior goaltender Alicia Roberts (North Muskegon, Mich.) finished with 14 saves and DeCosta made 33 in a losing cause.
The Wildcats take on the U.S. National Team Wednesday night at the Whittemore Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m.