PRINCETON, N.J. - Gretchen Anderson scored an unassisted breakaway goal at 2:54 of overtime to lift the Princeton University women's ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 1-0 victory against No. 5 University of New Hampshire at Hobey Baker Rink.
UNH, with a 6-1-0 record in the ECAC East, is now 10-3-1 overall. Princeton, which is 3-2-0 in the ECAC North, improves to 6-3-2.
With the Wildcats caught in a line change, Anderson broke in behind the defense alone on UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.). She shifted across the slot from the right circle and tucked the shot beneath Huggon to end the game with 2:06 to play in the extra session.
Princeton goalie Megan Van Beusekom finished with 25 saves, including two in overtime to record the shutout. Huggon stopped 18 shots.
Princeton held a 9-2 advantage in shots in a scoreless first period. One of UNH's most dangerous chances in the opening period occurred six minutes into the game when a low shot by Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.) sailed just wide of the left post.
The Wildcats generated a 9-6 shot advantage in the second period in which the Tigers successfully killed consecutive bench minors for too many skaters on the ice at 14:21 and 16:57.
In the third period, the 'Cats outshot their hosts 12-3. One of the best opportunities in the game was produced by Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.), who corralled a loose puck low in the right circle and fired a shot to the near post. Van Beusekom made a sprawling stick save to keep the game scoreless.
In the extra session, Steph Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) almost ended the game, but she was denied by Van Beusekom at the right post. Thirty seconds later, Anderson netted the game's lone goal.
New Hampshire concludes its weekend road trip Dec. 9 (2 p.m.) at Yale University. The Wildcats conclude the 2001 calender year home at the Whittemore Center next weekend. The 'Cats play host to Harvard University on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast by WTSN-AM 1270. UNH plays St. Lawrence on Dec. 15 (7 p.m.). That game will be broadcast by the UNH Sports Network .