New Hampshire women's hockey falls to Providence, 2-1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Kim Mathias netted two goals to lead the Providence College women's hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 2-1 ECAC victory against eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire at Schneider Arena.

New Hampshire, which entered the game with a 9-0-2 record in the 11 previous meetings against Providence dating back to the 1996-97 season, fell to 9-4-0 overall and 6-4-0 in the conference. PC won its seventh consecutive game to improve to 11-2-1 and 6-2-1.

UNH took a 1-0 lead at 16:50 of the first period when Allison Edgar fired a wrist shot from the slot into the upper shelf.

Providence tied the game, 1-1, at 7:08 of the middle stanza when Mathias scored on a rebound in front of the net. She scored 2:27 later to give the Friars a 2-1 advantage.

The Wildcats successfully killed a 5-on-3 disadvantage late in the final frame, then pulled goaltender Jen Huggon with 69 seconds remaining in regulation. The 'Cats fired three shots the rest of the way but could not net the game tying goal.

PC goalie Crystal Nicholas made 28 saves, including 12 in the third period. Huggon stopped 37 shots.

New Hampshire returns to action next weekend at Minnesota-Duluth. The next Wildcat home game is Dec. 15 against Mercyhurst College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.


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