DURHAM, N.H.--Senior forward Melissa McKenzie (Bethel Park, Pa.) and junior center Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.) each scored two goals as the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team defeated Maine 6-1 Wednesday night at the Whittemore Center.
With the win, the Wildcats improve to 20-7-0 overall and 13-5-0 in ECAC play. Maine drops to 4-16-1 overall and 1-16-1 in conference action. It is the sixth year in a row that the Wildcats have recorded 20 wins in a season.
In the second period, Maine got on the board 1-0 when center Nicole Munro scored at 4:52. Colleen Baude and Tracy Caridade assisted on the goal. The Wildcats knotted the score 1-1 at 10:09 on a goal from McKenzie. McKenzie put in a rebound from senior forward Sabrina Monsen (Eagle River, Alaska).
The Wildcats scored came out strong in the third period with the Wildcats scoring five unanswered goals. Thornton scored what proved to be the game winning goal at 4:11 with a shot from the point for a 2-1 Wildcat lead. McKenzie scored her second goal of the game at 6:34 for a 3-1 UNH advantage. With UNH on the powerplay, senior forward Tina Carrabba (Billerica, Mass.) scored her 16th goal of the season at 8:37 to give the Wildcats a 4-1 lead. UNH went up 5-1 when senior defenseman Kerry Maher (Chittenango, N.Y.) added another powerplay goal at 12:11. Thornton closed out the scoring 6-1 at 13:44 with another powerplay goal.
The two teams battled through a scoreless first period with Wildcat freshman goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) stopping one shot and Maine netminder Amanda Cronin making 10 saves.
Huggon finished with eight saves and Cronin turned away 33 shots on net.