DURHAM, N.H. - The third-ranked University of Minnesota women's hockey team remained undefeated in January with Saturday afternoon's 3-1 non-conference victory against No. 9 University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center.
With their sixth consecutive win, the Golden Gophers improved to 17-4-1 overall (12-1-1 WCHA). UNH lost its third straight to fall to 14-11-0, 10-6-0 ECAC.
Leading 2-0, Minnesota built a three-goal lead at 11:06 of the third period when Nadine Muzerall scored a power-play goal. UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) had stopped the initial shot by La Toya Clarke, but Muzerall gathered the rebound in front.
New Hampshire closed the game with a flurry, including a Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) power-play goal with 31 seconds remaining. Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ont.), who won 21 of 23 faceoffs, set up the tally. UNH remained on the power play when Courtney Kennedy was whistled for slashing. The 'Cats sustained offensive pressure the rest of the way but could not put the puck past UM goalie Erica Killewald (28 saves).
Following a scoreless first period in which Huggon recorded six saves and Killewald stopped seven shots, Minnesota netted two goals in the middle stanza. Kris Scholz opened the scoring at 1:50 when Tracy Engstrom worked the puck out of the right corner to Engstrom behind the net. Engstrom circled in front and tucked a forehand past Huggon. Clarke scored on a breakaway to make it 2-0 at 11:14.
Huggon finished with 22 saves, including 12 in the final frame.
New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 3 (2 p.m.) at Harvard University.
The Wildcats play their lone home game in February against the U.S. Select Team on the 10th. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.