BOSTON - University of New Hampshire goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) made a season-high 42 saves, but the Wildcats were defeated by second-ranked Northeastern University 3-2 in Saturday night's ECAC Eastern Women's Hockey League Action at Matthews Arena.
UNH is now 15-10-2 overall and 8-5-1 in the conference. Northeastern, which has won four straight in the series - all by one goal, won its ninth consecutive game to improve to 23-2-0, 13-2-0 in the league.
Chandy Kaip (Radville, Sask.) gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 4:20 of the first period. Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) charged the slot from the blue line and her shot was stopped by NU goaltender Chanda Gunn (28 saves). The rebound remained in front and Kaip's shot stayed on the ice and trickled past Gunn into the net.
UNH extended its lead to 2-0 at 12:57 of the opening stanza when Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) sent a pass down ice and Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.) utilized her speed to track down the puck, thwart off a defender and tuck a forehand into the net from point-blank range. Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) was also credited with an assist on the play.
Northeastern trimmed the deficit to 2-1 at 14:07. Huggon stopped the initial shot from the left point by Pamela Pachal but Lindsey Ball, alone in front, collected the rebound and shot into the open net.
The Huskies tied the game on a Brooke Whitney power-play goal at 5:06 of the second period and Ball's second tally of the night - at 11:09 from her own rebound - gave the home team a 3-2 advantage it would not relinquish.
New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 9 vs. Boston College. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 7 p.m.