No. 10 New Hampshire women's hockey routs St. Cloud, 7-3

DURHAM, N.H. -- Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.), Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) and Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) each recorded four points to lead the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 7-3 victory over St.Cloud State at the Whittemore Center.

With the win, UNH snapped a three-game winless streak and improved its overall record to 13-7-2 on the season, while SCSU dropped to 4-17-1. This was also the second win for the 'Cats over SCSU, as the team posted a 3-1 win earlier in the season.

New Hampshire scored three goals, including two on the power play, in the second period to erase a 2-0 deficit. The comeback began with a Misikowetz (two goals, two assists) power-play tally at 2:00. The scoring play was initiated in the left circle by Jones (goal, three assists), whose pass found Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) at the point. Her slap shot was saved by SCSU goalie Ellen Brinkman, but Misikowetz collected the rebound at the left doorstep and shot into the open net.

Edgar (two goals, two assists) scored a power-play goal on the rebound of a Jones shot to tie the game at 15:22. Jones, on yet another rebound, gave the 'Cats a lead they would not relinquish, 3-2, with three seconds remaining in the second period.

UNH carried that momentum into the final frame and Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) extended the lead to 4-2 at 7:04 on UNH's third power-play goal of the game. St. Cloud pulled within 4-3 on a Melanie Pudsey power-play tallhy at 11:01, but the Wildcats reestablished a two-goal advantage, 5-3, 35 seconds later on Edgar's second goal of the night.

Chandy Kaip (Radville, Sask.) and Misikowetz scored at 13:43 and 15:53, respectively, to close the scoring.

Roxy Stang scored first-period goals six minutes apart - at 12:47 and 18:47 - to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead. The first goal was produced by a 2-on-1 rush in which Andrea Keller's pass from the right circle was redirected by Stang into the open left side of the net. Kobi Kawamoto sent the pass through the neutral zone to Keller to set up the sequence.

Standing in the low slot, Stang chipped the puck over UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.), who was lunging forward to pokecheck away the pass, to give SCSU a two-goal advantage.

Huggon finished the contest with 19 saves to earn the victory, while Brinkman made 40 stops in defeat.

New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 20 vs. Maine. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.

 

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