DURHAM, N.H.-Senior forward Samantha Holmes (Mississauga, Ont.) recorded a hat trick as the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team defeated Mercyhurst College 6-1 Saturday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.
Senior forward Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.) put the Wildcats on the board one minute into the first period off an assist from senior forward Tina Carrabba (Billerica, Mass.) and Holmes for a 1-0 lead. Holmes scored her first goal of the game less than three minutes later to extend the lead 2-0. Zaban and junior defenseman Brandi Kerns (Colorado Springs, Co.) recorded assists.
Zaban struck again in the second period for her second goal of the game and third of the season for a 3-0 lead. Senior forward Melissa McKenzie (Bethel Park, Pa.) scored two minutes later for a 4-0 lead heading into the third period.
Holmes scored twice in the third period to complete her hat trick, including a short handed goal as the Wildcats gained a 6-0 advantage .
Mercyhurst cancelled the Wildcats hopes for a shutout as defenseman Randi Pilger put one past UNH freshman goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) to close out the scoring 6-1.
Huggon made six saves and Mercyhurst goaltender Tiffany Ribble stopped 34 shots.
The Wildcats host Concordia Sunday, October 31 at 3 p.m. in an exhibition game.