DURHAM, N.H. -- Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) stopped 25 shots to record her third consecutive shutout and lead the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday night's 2-0 victory against No. 4 University of Wisconsin at the Whittemore Center.
UNH won its fifth consecutive game by shutout and eighth straight overall to improve to 8-1-0. The five back-to-back shutouts are a school record, as is the current shutout streak of 305 minutes, 10 seconds dating back to Oct. 27.
Following a scoreless first period, Steph Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) netted the game's first goal for the second consecutive night to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 15:26 of the middle stanza. Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) completed a two-line pass to Jones to send her alone on Badger goalie Jackie MacMillan (30 saves). After a quick head-and-shoulder fake, Jones roofed her shot into the net. Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) was credited with her team-leading 13th assist of the season on the play.
The Wildcats extended the lead to 2-0 on a power-play goal by Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) at 4:23 of the third period. UNH did not capitalize on a 50-second two-skater advantage, but Gordon scored from the low slot five seconds after the first Badger penalty expired. Jones and Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.) set up the tally.
Wisconsin (6-4-2) pulled MacMillan with 1:51 remaining, then had a two-skater advantage when Misikowetz was whistled for holding the stick at 19:10. UNH's stifling defense prevented a dangerous scoring bid, however, and MacMillan re-entered the game when Badger Kerry Weiland was sent to the penalty box with 17 seconds remaining.
Huggon has three shutouts this season and 10 for her career.
New Hampshire travels to Minnesota next weekend to play St. Cloud State (Nov. 24, 3 p.m.) and the University of Minnesota on Nov. 25 (2 p.m.). The next Wildcat home game is Dec. 1 against the University of Connecticut. Game time at the Whittemore Center is 2 p.m.