DURHAM, N.H-Senior forward Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.) scored one goal and added two assists as the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team shut out Mercyhurst College 6-0 Friday night at the Whittemore Center.
The two teams played through a scoreless first period with Mercyhurst goaltender Amber Natali stopping 22 shots and Wildcat senior goaltender Alicia Roberts (North Muskegon, Mich.) making three saves.
A scary moment occurred in the first period when senior Carrie Jokiel (Anchorage, Alaska) was hit from behind by two Mercyhurst players. Jokiel laid on the ice for 22 minutes before she was taken to Wentworth-Douglas Hospital in Dover. According to UNH Athletic Trainer Alecia Baran, Jokiel suffered a bruised spinal cord. At the time of this release there is no further information available.
The Wildcats got on the board in the second period when senior forward Samantha Holmes (Mississauga, Ont.) lost her stick, yet managed a pass with her skate to set up Zaban's first goal of the season. UNH struck again under five minutes later when senior forward Melissa McKenzie (Bethel Park, Pa.) scored a power play goal for a 2-0 lead. Zaban recorded the assist on the goal.
In the third period, senior forward Tina Carrabba (Billerica, Mass.) extended the Wildcats lead 3-0 off an assist from Zaban and freshman defenseman Randi Hickox (Mississauga, Ont.). Senior defenseman Jamie DeGriselles (Lakeville, Minn.), Carrabba and freshman forward Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) scored the last three goals for the Wildcats.
Natali finished with 59 saves and Roberts tallied 11 saves in the win.
The Wildcats host Mercyhurst Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Whittemore Center.