PRINCETON, N.J. - Carolyn Gordon broke a 1-1 tie with 13:13 remaining in the game to lift the eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 2-1 ECAC victory against Princeton University at Hobey Baker Rink.
UNH, which clinched an ECAC Tournament berth with Saturday's 2-0 victory at Yale couple with Maine's loss to Princeton, is now 17-14-0 overall and 13-9-0 in the conference.
Gordon gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 2-1, with an unassisted goal at 6:47 of the third period. A Princeton defenseman lost control of the puck in the left circle, where Gordon charged and swept a backhanded shot into the net.
UNH goaltender jen Huggon, who recorded her fourth shutout of the year vs. Yale, stopped 19 Princeton shots. PU goalie Megan Van Beusekom, who was pulled in favor of an extra skater for the final 27 seconds, registered 22 saves.
New Hampshire tied the game, 1-1, at 12:53 of the middle stanza when Annie Fahlenbock shifted from the right side of the slot and tucked a backhand inside the right post. Nicole Stefanilo and Kristine Butt earned assists on the goal.
Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Candidate Michelle Thornton did not figure in the scoring column but did excel yet again on faceoffs by winning 29 of 35 draws.
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.