DURHAM, N.H. - Freshman forward Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ontario) scored at 11:03 of the third period to break a 2-2 tie and Hillary Ensor (Grapevine, Texas) made it stand as the game-winner as the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team defeated Concordia University in Sunday's exhibition at the Whittemore Center.
Gordon gave the Wildcats a 3-2 lead when classmate Deborah Bernhard (Acton, Mass.) found her alone at the right doorstep. Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ontario), another rookie, also earned an assist on the goal.
Despite being outplayed and outshot, Concordia proved to be opportunistic when the visitors took a 1-0 lead on a Marie-Claude Allard goal at 7:53 of the first period.
New Hampshire, which outshot CU 14-2 in the opening stanza and 52-8 in the game, tied the game 1:59 later on the power play. Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ontario), another one of UNH's nine rookies, scored from point-blank range. Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) and Marybeth Marren (Alton, N.H.) were credited with assists.
The Stingers took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission when Annie Surprenant potted a power-play goal with nine seconds remaining in the opening period.
Senior captain Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ontario) scored the only goal of the second period at 3:42 when her shot hit the crossbar and trickled in. Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) found Thornton in the slot for an assist.
UNH continued to dominate play in the third period and finally broke the tie midway through the stanza on Gordon's tally.
Starting goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) played 29:49. She surrendered two goals and made two saves. Ensor, a redshirt freshman, stopped four shots in her relief role. Concordia goalie Lisa Herritt registered 49 saves.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 25 at the University of Findlay. The Wildcats also play a pair at Ohio State next weekend before playing their Nov. 4 home opener against Dartmouth College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.