NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Junior goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, MAss.) recorded 33 saves for eighth-ranked University of New Hampshire but No. 6 Niagara University was a 5-1 victor in ECAC Eastern Women's Hockey League action Friday night at Dwyer Arena.
UNH, which had won all six previous meetings vs. the Purple Eagles, is now 12-6-2 overall and 7-2-1 in the conference. Niagara improved to 15-5-0, 9-2-0.
The Wildcats took a 1-0 first-period lead on a shorthanded goal by Steph Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) at 2:36. Jones, who has a team-high 14 goals, picked up a loose puck at center ice and broke in alone on NU goalie Tania Pinelli (14 saves). In front of the crease, Jones pulled the puck back to her forehand and tucked a shot inside the left post.
Niagara took a 2-1 lead with goals 76 seconds apart late in the stanza. Valerie Hall, alone at the left post, redirected a Brooke Bradburn pass into the open net for a power-play goal at 14:36. Candice Moxley scored from the low slot to give the Purple Eagles a lead they would not relinquish.
The hosts extended the lead to 4-1 by the second intermission. Bradburn scored at 1:57 of the middle stanza and then netted a power-play goal at 12:59. Teresa Del Monte scored Niagara's third power-play goal at 10:00 of the third period to complete the scoring.
New Hampshire and Niagara complete the two-game weekend series Jan. 12 (7 p.m.) at Dwyer Arena. The next Wildcat home game is Jan. 18 vs. St. Cloud State University. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.