NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) stopped 17 shots to record her fourth shutout of the season and lead the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 2-0 ECAC victory against Yale University at Ingalls Rink.
UNH, with its 14th victory in as many lifetime meetings vs. Yale, improved to 16-14-0 overall and 12-9-0 in the conference. The Bulldogs are now 3-20-2, 2-18-1.
Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.) opened the scoring 1:26 into the game when her shot from the low slot beat Yale goaltender Katie Hirte (29 saves) between the leg pads. Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) and Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.) set up the tally, which was VanMassenhove’s sixth of the season.
Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) gave UNH a 2-0 lead at 8:22. Hirte surrendered a long rebound on a Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) slapshot from mid-ice and Fahlenbock swooped into the slot to collect the puck and deposit it into the net for her seventh goal on the year.
Following a scoreless second period, Huggon preserved the shutout by stopping Lisa Meyers on a breakaway four minutes into the final frame. She made 15 of her 17 saves over the final 40 minutes.
Hirte, who was pulled in favor of an extra skater with 50 seconds remaining, stopped seven shots in the third period to keep New Hampshire scoreless for the final 51:38 of the game.
New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 25 at Princeton University. The Wildcats close’ the regular- season next weekend with home games against Brown University (March 3; 7 p.m.) and Harvard University (Feb. 4; 3 p.m.) at the Whittemore Center.