DURHAM, N.H. - The third-ranked University of Minnesota women's hockey team withstood a late flurry by No. 9 University of New Hampshire to record a 2-1 non-conference victory Friday night at the Whittemore Center.
The Golden Gophers (16-4-1 overall, 12-1-1 WCHA) carried a 1-0 lead into the third period and extended it to 2-0 at 17:17 when Tracy Palinsky scored on a 2-on-1 with Nadine Muzerall. Laura Slominski was also credited with an assist.
New Hampshire (14-10-0, 10-6-0 ECAC) called time out with 1:50 remaining when Slominski was whistled for hooking. With goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) pulled in favor of an extra skater, another penalty was called on the visitors 36 seconds later. Huggon remained on the bench to give UNH a 6-on-3 advantage and Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) capitalized with a shot from the top of the blue line to trim the deficit to 2-1 with 48.7 seconds to play. Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) earned an assist on the tally, which was Thomas' ninth power-play goal of the season.
Still on the power play, New Hampshire continued to apply pressure in the offensive zone but could not net the equalizer against Erica Killewald, who recorded 11 of her 20 saves in the final frame.
Huggon finished with 22 saves.
Following a scoreless first period, Minnesota took a 1-0 lead on a La Toya Clarke power-play goal at 9:05 of the middle stanza. Ambria Thomas set up the goal, which was high to the short side, with a pass from the right corner.
The tally ended a scoreless streak of 94 minutes between these teams at the Whittemore Center. The Wildcats and Gophers battled to a 0-0 tie in the only previous meeting on Jan. 30, 1999.
New Hampshire completes its four-game home stand Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. against the University of Minnesota.