MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) scored with 36 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the third-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-3 tie with No. 6 University of Minnesota at Mariucci Arena.
UNH, which has not lost since opening day on Oct. 19, extended its unbeaten streak to 10 games and the Wildcats are now 9-1-1. The Wildcats had not played to a tie since Jan. 30, 1999, when they played to a scoreless tie against the Golden Gophers.
With the game tied 2-2 entering the third period, Minnesota (9-2-3) took a 3-2 advantage at 7:59 of the final frame when Noelle Sutton collected a loose puck near the left post and swept her shot around UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) and into the open net.
With Huggon pulled in favor of an extra skater with 1:04 remaining, New Hampshire tied the game at 19:24 when Gordon, standing in the slot, redirected a shot by Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.). Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) earned her second assist of the game on the play.
Neither team generated a dangerous scoring chance in overtime as UNH had a 2-1 edge in shots.
Following a scoreless first period, UNH scored goals 1:54 apart to take a 2-0 lead early in the middle stanza. Steph Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) gave the Wildcats a 1-0 advantage at 3:31 when she tipped in a crossing pass from Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.). Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) scored at 5:25 on a rebound from a shot by Thomas.
Minnesota rallied to tie the game before the second intermission on a power-play goal by Kristy Ooninox at 15:48 and a 2-on-1 goal by La Toya Clarke at 19:00.
Huggon finished with 25 saves. UM’s Jody Horak stopped 31 shots.
New Hampshire returns to action next weekend with a two-game home series against Connecticut. Both the Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 games at the Whittemore Center begin at 2:00 p.m.