New Hampshire women's hockey ties up No. 4 Northeastern, 2-2

DURHAM, N.H. -- Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) and Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) each netted first-period goals to lead the University of New Hampshire to Friday night's 2-2 ECAC Eastern Women's Hockey League tie against fourth-ranked Northeastern University at the Whittemore Center.

UNH, unbeaten in its last five at 2-0-3, is now 18-11-5 overall and 11-6-4 in the conference. The Wildcats are third in the league standings with 26 points. Fourth-place Providence has 23 points and needs to sweep the home-and-home series vs. Boston College to pass the 'Cats in the standings; if the teams end tied, UNH wins the tiebreaker with a 1-0-2 mark vs. the Friars. Regardless, UNH will host a quarterfinal game March 9 at 2 p.m. NU is now 25-6-1, 15-5-1.

UNH junior goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) finished with 24 saves to break the program's record for career saves. She entered the game with 2,067 saves and increased that total to 2,091 to surpass former teammate Alicia Roberts' mark of 2,090. She broke the mark with her only save in the overtime session, a slapshot from the left point by Erica Archambeau.

New Hampshire took a 2-1 lead entering the third period. However, with just over three minutes remaining in regulation, Northeastern's Brooke Whitney collected the puck in the neutral zone and fed a centering pass to linemate Nicole Lewis. Lewis then eluded two UNH defenders and broke in alone on Huggon and slipped a shot past through the pads to tie the game up.

In overtime, the 'Cats had several opportunities to pot the game-winner, with Northeastern goalie Chanda Gunn making two point-blank saves on Misikowetz and another on a Jaime VanMassenhove (Alpena, Mich.) breakaway attempt.

Misikowetz celebrated 'Senior Night' by giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 9:16 of the first period when she maneuvered past a defenseman in the right circle and fired a wrist shot into the net. Gordon initiated the scoring sequence, in which Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.) set up Misikowetz with a pass from the right point.

Gordon extended the advantage to 2-0 at 12:14. An NU defenseman lost her balance, and control of the puck, in the slot. Gordon, who was forechecking on the play, corralled the puck and placed a wrist shot in the upper-left corner.

The Huskies faced that 2-0 deficit at the first intermission but made it 2-1 with the only goal of the middle stanza. Brooke Whitney scored her team-best 31st goal of the season at 7:53 when her shot from the high slot eluded Huggon.

Captain Brandi Kerns (Colorado Springs, Colo.) also played in her final regular-season home game. With 141 career games, she has played more games in a Wildcat uniform than anyone in the 25-year history of the program.

 

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