No. 5 New Hampshire women’s hockey defeats Yale, 4-1

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Kira Misikowetz (Missisauga, Ont.) and Nicole Stefanilo (Sanford, Maine) both recorded a goal and an assist to lead the No. 5 University of New Hampshire women’s hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 4-1 non-conference victory against Yale University at Ingalls Rink.

UNH, which is 6-1-0 in the ECAC East, improved to 11-3-1 overall and has won all 15 lifetime meetings against Yale. The Bulldogs (1-2-0 ECAC North) are now 4-6-1 on the season.

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal by Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.) at 14:57 of the first period. Debbie Bernhard (Acton, Mass.) initiated the scoring sequence with a pass from UNH’s defensive zone to Gordon. Gordon eluded one skater in the neutral zone and, wih Bernhard trailing, created a two-on-goalie breakaway. Gordon carried her puck down low and lifted her shot past Yale goaltender Nicolette Franck into the upper right corner.

New Hampshire extended the lead to 2-0 on a Misikowetz tally at 8:15 of the middle stanza. Misikowetz drew the faceoff from the right circle to Steph Jones (Kimberley, B.C.), who touched the puck bak to Stefanilo at the point. Stefanilo’s slap shot through traffic was stoped by Franck, but Misikowetz chipped the rebound into the net.

Yale, held without a shot over the first half of the second period, pulled within 2-1 on an Erin Duggan tall at 12:41 when Rory Neuner’s centering pass from the left corner found Duggan alone in front.

UNH reeastablished a two-goal advantage, 3-1, on Stefanilo’s goal with four seconds remaining in the middle stanza. Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.) controlled the faceoff from the right circle back to Stefanilo and this time her slap shot from the point beat Franck.

Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) netted her team-leading 12th goal of the season on the power play at 6:18 of the final frame to extend the lead to 4-1. Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Misikowetz were credited with assists on the goal.

UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) made 18 saves. Franck stopped 41 shots.

The Wildcats conclude the 2001 calendar year with a pair of home games 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.

 

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