DURHAM, N.H. -- University of Maine forward Cindy Biron slapped home a loose puck late in the third period to propel the Black Bears to Sunday afternoon's 2-1 ECAC Eastern Women's Hockey League victory over the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center.
As several players fought to control the puck in front of UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.), Maine's Jamie Hill was able to direct the puck to Biron, who put home the game-winner into an open net with only 90 seconds remaining in the game.
UNH then decided to pull Huggon with under a minute remaining in favor of an extra attacker and appeared to score the equalizer, as a Kristen Thomas slap shot found the back of the net. However, the goal was called off, as the puck was deflected into the net by a high stick. Maine was able to hold off the 'Cats the rest of the way to preserve the win.
Maine improved to 9-12-2 (3-9-2 ECAC East) on the year, while UNH dropped to 13-8-2 (7-4-1). The victory was the first in the all-time series between the two teams, with UNH winning the previous eight contests.
After a scoreless second period, Maine was able to tie up the game 1-1 in the third period on its only power play opportunity of the game. From the right corner, Meagen Aarts sent a cross-ice pass to teammate Kelly Nelson, who fired a wrist shot over Huggon's right shoulder from just inside the left face-off circle. Defenseman Tracy Caridade was also credited with an assist on the scoring play.
The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission when Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) scored with one minute remaining in the opening frame. Maine goaltender Dawn Froats stopped the initial shot by Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.) on the right doorstep. Fahlenbock collected the rebound at the top of the crease and jammed the puck into the net.
Huggon finished the game with 21 saves for UNH, while Froats kept Maine in the game with 32 saves of her own.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 25 (7 p.m.) at the University of Connecticut. The next Wildcat home game is Feb. 1 vs. intrastate rival Dartmouth College.