DURHAM, N.H. - Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.) scored a goal and assisted on three others to lead the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 4-3 ECAC victory against Princeton University at the Whittemore Center.
The Wildcats (11-7-0 overall, 7-4-0 ECAC) trailed 3-1 at the start of the third period. Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.; goal, assist) ignited the comeback at 5:52 when her shot from the top of the slot hit the upper-right corner of the net. Thornton and Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) set up the tally.
Thornton tied the game, 3-3, at 12:59 when Goulet fed her a centering pass from the right corner. Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) broke the deadlock with 2:51 remaining. Princeton goaltender Megan Van Beusekom (22 saves) stopped Thornton's shot but left the rebound in front, where Fahlenbock deposited the puck into the open net. Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.; goal, assist) also earned an assist on the game-winner.
The Tigers (6-7-2, 2-7-2) took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Gretchen Anderson opened the game's scoring at 8:49 with the help of Abbey Fox and Andrea Kilbourne. Kilbourne gave the visitors a two-goal lead at 19:14 when she tipped Wanda Mason's shot into the net. Fox was also credited with a helper on the tally.
Anderson potted her second goal of the game and seventh of the season to give Princeton a 3-0 advantage at 6:02 of the second period. New Hampshire's trimmed the deficit to 3-1 when she scored a power-play goal on a rebound from Thornton's shot that caromed off the left post.
New Hampshire goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) stopped 21 shots.
New Hampshire returns to action Sunday against Yale University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.