CANTON, N.Y. - Rachel Barrie stopped 34 shots to lead the third-seeded St. Lawrence University women’s hockey team to Saturday afternoon’s 1-0 ECAC quarterfinal victory against the sixth-seeded University of New Hampshire at Appleton Arena.
UNH finishes the season with a 17-17-0 record. The Saints, who also won both regular season meetings against New Hampshire, is now 23-6-3 and advances to next weekend’s ECAC semifinals.
SLU netted a 1-0 lead - and the only goal of the game - on a Jessica Wilson tally at 9:24 of the first period. UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) stopped the initial shot by Sara Simard, but Wilson gathered the loose puck in the right circle and fired it into the open right side of the net.
In a scoreless second period, New Hampshire outshot its hosts 14-7, including a shot by Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) that caromed off the right post with two minutes left in the stanza. In the closing seconds, Barrie stopped an Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) shot from the slot. The puck deflected high behind Barrie and Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) knocked the puck into the net, but the goal was disallowed because of a high stick.
Gordon created another excellent opportunity 1:30 into the final frame when she drew both SLU defenders to the right side and feathered a centering pass to Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.), who redirected the puck just wide of the left post.
UNH continued its offensive pressure and Randi Hickox’s (Mississauga, Ont.) shot from the left pont hit the left post midway through the third period. Goulet was at the doorstep but could not poke the puck past Barrie.
Huggon was pulled in favor of an extra skater with 55 seconds remaining m regulation and UNH called time out nine seconds later. Huggon re-entered for seven seconds before exiting before the final 39 seconds.
Barrie stopped a Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) slap shot with 13.5 seconds to go, prompting an SLU timeout. The Saints won the ensuing faceoff but Thomas kept the puck m the zone and a backhanded shot by Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.) sailed through traffic and wide of the right post.
Huggon finished with 18 saves and completed the season with a school single-season record total of 842.
The end of the season brings an end to the Wildcat careers of four UNH seniors - Christen Leader (West Hartford, Conn.), Michelle Thornton (G1oucester, Ont.), Jenn Wildman (London, Ont.) and Kali Wilson (East Lansing, Mich.). Thornton, a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award candidate, was named third star of the game.