DURHAM, N.H. -- Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) had two assists to lead the University of New Hampshire women's hockey team to Saturday night's 3-2 ECAC victory against Niagara University at the Whittemore Center. New Hampshire improves to 9-2-0 and 6-2-0 in the ECAC. Niagara, which lost their seventh straight game, fell to 5-7-0 and 1-7-0 in the league.
The Wildcats led 1-0 after the first period. Freshman Deborah Bernhard (Acton, Mass.) scored in front of the net on a pass from Carolyn Gordon (Watford, Ontario). Jenn Wildman (London, Ontario) also assisted on the goal.
Both teams scored early in the second period. UNH would double the lead just 1:03 into the period when Michelle Thornton (Gloucester, Ontario) scored in a 4-on-4 situation for the 'Cats. Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) and Thomas assisted. The Purple Eagles got on the board 1:54 later when Valerie Hall scored on a power play, with Amanda Reid assisting.
New Hampshire extended the lead to 3-1 21 seconds into the third period when Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ontario) would score, with Thomas and Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ontario) assisting on the power play goal. Niagara would score its own man-advantage goal at 13:29 when Stephanie Romain found the back of the net.
Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) had 35 saves for the Wildcats, while Tania Pinelli had 26 for Niagara.
New Hampshire hits the road for two weeks, starting with a Dec. 2 game at Northeastern University. The next Wildcat home game is Dec. 15 (7 p.m.) vs. Mercyhurst College.