New Hampshire women's hockey defeats Providence, 4-2

DURHAM, N.H. -- Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.) netted a pair of third-period goals to lead the University of New Hampshire to Saturday night's 4-2 ECAC Eastern Women's Hockey League victory against Providence College at the Whittemore Center.

UNH, which moved into a tie with Providence for third place in the conference standings with 23 points, is now 17-11-4 overall and 10-6-3 in the league. Providence is 16-12-4, 10-6-3. Both teams have secured home ice for an ECAC East quarterfinal game. The Wildcats would win the tiebreaker with a 1-0-2 record vs. the Friars this season.

Entering the third period tied at 2-2, Goulet netted the eventual game-winner at the 6:54 mark. Goulet redirected a pass from the right point from Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.). Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) also assisted on the goal.

Goulet extended the lead to 4-2 with a power-play goal at 17:00 when she scored on a rebound in front. Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.), whose shot from the slot was stopped by PC goalie Amy Thomas, and Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.) set up the goal.

Thomas was pulled in favor of an extra skater with 1:00 remaining in regulation, but UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) stopped all four shots the rest of the way, including close-range bids by Jenn Butsch and Beth Wolff.

Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 10:12 of the first period when her wrist shot from the right circle sailed inside the left post. Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) and Thomas set up the goal.

UNH extended the lead to 2-0 on a power-play goal by Chandy Kaip (Radville, Sask.) at 5:25 of the second period. PC goalie Amy Thomas stopped the initial slap shot by Thomas, but Kaip collected the rebound in front and tucked the puck into the net. Fahlenbock was also credited with an assist.

For the second time in as many nights, Providence erased a 2-0 deficit with a pair of second-period goals. Hilary Greaves trimmed the deficit to one goal when she scored in a pileup in front of the crease at 7:17. Jenn Butsch and Danielle Culgin set up the tally.

The Friars tied the game with their second power-play goal of the game at 12:24. Rush Zimmerman fired a wrist shot from the right circle into the upper-left corner. Darlene Stephenson began the sequence with a pass from the right corner.

Huggon finished with 24 saves for UNH while Thomas stopped 38 shots defending the Providence goal.

New Hampshire concludes the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home series against Northeastern University. The 'Cats travel to Matthews Arena Feb. 28 and wrap up the regular season with 'Senior Night' at the Whittemore Center on March 1. Game time is 7 p.m.

 

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