No. 7 New Hampshire women's hockey edges Brown, 3-1

DURHAM, N.H. -- Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) recorded two assists, including one on the game-winning goal, to lead the seventh-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Saturday afternoon's 3-1 victory against Brown University, 3-1, at the Whittemore Center.

UNH ended a two-game losing streak to improve to 15-3-1 while Brown, which had won four straight in the series against the Wildcats, is now 5-6-3 on the season.

New Hampshire sophomore forward Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) broke a 1-1 tie with the game-winning goal at 5:13 of the second period. Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.) carried the puck deep into the left circle and her centering pass was redirected into the net by Jones. Edgar was also credited with an assist.

Debbie Bernhard (Acton, Mass.) netted a power-play tally at 13:28 to extend UNH's advantage to 3-1. Edgar's initial shot from the right point was tipped in the slot by Bernhard and caromed off the left post. Bernhard, alone on the right doorstep, tipped the puck into the open net.

Still facing that two-goal deficit with 2:38 remaining in the game, Brown called time out and pulled goaltender Pam Dreyer. UNH goalie Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) was not forced to make a save in the next 1:27 and Dreyer then re-entered the game with 1:11 to play. Dreyer exited again for the final 16 seconds. Huggon stopped 21 shots for the Wildcats, while Dreyer posted 23 saves in the losing cause for the Bears.

In the first period, Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) gave UNH a 1-0 lead at 4:06. Chandy Kaip (Radville, Sask.) initiated the scoring sequence with a pass from behind the net to Hansen, whose low shot from the left doorstep trickled inside the far post.

Brown tied the game with 1:47 remaining in the opening stanza. A shot from the right circle by Karen Thatcher was redirected to Jessica Link in the low slot, and her shot beat Huggon five-hole. Amy McLaughlin also earned an assist.

New Hampshire returns to action with a two-game home series against Northeastern University next weekend, which is being celebrated as Alumni Weekend. Game one is Friday, Jan. 10 and the teams face off again Jan. 11. Both games at the Whittemore Center begin at 7 p.m.

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