DURHAM, N.H. - Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) recorded her second consecutive shutout by stopping 29 shots to lead the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday night's 3-0 victory against No. 4 University of Wisconsin at the Whittemore Center.
UNH, which won its seventh consecutive game to improve to 7-1-0, broke a school record for consecutive shutout minutes. The Wildcats entered the game with a streak of 185 minutes, 10 seconds and extended it to 245:10 with their fourth consecutive shutout, a feat never accomplished in the program's initial 24 years. The previous shutout minutes benchmark was 223:05 in the 1999-2000 season.
Steph Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) gave New Hampshire a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 16:21 of the first period. Carolyn Gordon (Brigden, Ont.) cycled the puck down low to Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.), who found Jones in front of the net. She tucked her shot past UW goalie Jackie MacMillan (24 saves).
Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) extended the lead to 2-0 on a breakaway goal just 57 seconds later. Huggon earned her second career assist on the play by starting the scoring sequence with an outlet pass to Debbie Bernhard (Acton, Mass.). Berhnard made a two-line pass to Fahlenbock, sending her alone on MacMillan. Fahlenbock faked to her backhand, pulled the puck to her forehand and lifted her shot into an open net.
Wisconsin (6-3-2) peppered Huggon late in the third period, forcing the UNH netminder to make 15 saves in the final stanza. The Badgers pulled MacMillan with 1:30 remaining in regulation, which led to an empty-net goal by Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) at 19:53.
These two teams conclude the two-game weekend series Nov. 17 at the Whittemore Center. Game time is 7 p.m.