DURHAM, N.H. - Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.) netted two goals and set up another to propel the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's hockey team to Saturday night's 6-2 ECAC victory against 10th-ranked Providence College at the Whittemore Center.
It took just 15 seconds for the Wildcats, who improved to 14-8-0 overall and 10-5-0 in the conference, to take a 1-0 lead as Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) scored on a centering pass from Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.). The 'Cats quickly built a two-goal advantage on a Nicole Stefanilo (Sanford, Maine) tally at 2:13. Goulet and Butt earned assists on the play.
The visitors called time out and responded with a Kim Mathias goal at 2:48. UNH regained a two-goal cushion, 3-1, at 12:03 when Thornton redirected Marybeth Marren's (Alton, N.H.) slapshot from the right point.
In the second period, the Friars (12-7-2, 7-6-2) closed within 3-2 with a Jenn Butsch power-play goal at 8:03. The Wildcats answered with a power-play goal at 19:09 when Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) scored from the right circle.
New Hampshire pulled away in the third period with a Deborah Bernhard (Acton, Mass.) goal at 7:45 and Thornton's second tally of the night at 10:18. Jenn Wildman (London, Ont.) assisted on both goals.
UNH's Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) finished with 15 saves. Her counterpart, Amy Quinlan, stopped 22 shots.
New Hampshire continues its four-game homestand Sunday afternoon (3) against another ECAC rival, Northeastern University.