Niagara, NY-Senior forward Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.) scored two goals and added an assist as the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team edged Niagara University 4-3 Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats improve to 7-2-0 overall and 5-2 in ECAC play. Niagara falls to 9-2-1 overall and 5-2-0 in league action.
Zaban scored her first goal of the game less than eight minutes into the game off assists from freshman forward Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) and senior forward Tina Carrabba (Billerica, Mass.) for a 1-0 Wildcat advantage. Zaban’s goal ended Niagara’s opponents scoreless first period streak this season. The Purple Eagles responded seven minutes later when sophomore forward Stephanie Romain knotted the score 1-1 off an assist from sophomore forward Brook Bradburn.
UNH regained the lead 2-1 in the second period as senior forward Samantha Holmes (Mississauga, Ont.) recorded her 150th career point with a power play goal at 5:31. Zaban and senior defenseman Kerry Maher assisted on the goal. Niagara evened the score 2-2 at 13:50 off a shorthanded goal by Bradburn.
The Wildcats took the lead back 3-2 in the third period as Zaban scored her second goal of the game at 3:35. Holmes recorded an assist on the power play goal. UNH extended its lead 4-2 at 9:39 when senior forward Melissa McKenzie (Bethel Park, Pa.) scored what proved to be the game winning goal off senior defenseman Jaime DeGriselles (Lakeville, Minn.) and sophomore forward Kelly McManus (Dedham, Mass.). Niagara responded with a goal at 13:44 by Bradburn off freshman forward Candice Ceelen and Romain for a 4-3 UNH advantage.
UNH senior goaltender Alicia Roberts (North Muskegon, Mich.) stopped 17 shots. Sophomore goaltender Tania Pinelli made 36 saves in a losing cause.
UNH and Niagara face off Sunday at 3 p.m. for the second game of the weekend series.