STORRS, Conn. - Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) made 22 saves to record her 10th shutout of the season and 22nd of her career - both school records - to lead fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire to Sunday afternoon's 3-0 Women's Hockey East victory against the University of Connecticut at the UConn Ice Arena.
UNH improved to 19-4-1 overall and 9-0-0 in Women's Hockey East while UConn is 7-12-4, 1-4-3.
With the Wildcats holding a 1-0 lead, Huskies goaltender Shannon Murphy was pulled in favor of an extra skater with 1:30 remaining in the game. UNH's Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored into an empty net 11 seconds later to give the 'Cats a 2-0 advantage.
Murphy, who finished with 26 saves, was pulled again with 1:02 to play, and Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) scored from mid-ice with 22 seconds remaining to secure the victory.
Vicki Davis (Edmonton, Alberta) gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 17:22 of the first period when she beat UConn goaltender Shannon Murphy to a loose puck, shifted control to her forehand and fired a shot into the open net. Murphy had stopped the initial shot by Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) but the rebound trickled into the slot, where Davis won the race to the puck. Chandy Kaip (Radville, Sask.) recorded her team-leading 25th point with an assist, her 17th.
UNH, which was outshot 8-6 in the opening stanza, recorded a 12-6 shot advantage in the middle frame. Kaip had the best scoring opportunity when a UConn turnover in the neutral zone resulted in a breakaway. Kaip skated down the slot but could not force Murphy to react to a maneuver, and Murphy turned aside the shot at the top of the crease.
New Hampshire returns to action Jan. 24 at the University of Wisconsin. The next Wildcat home game is Feb. 2 vs. Providence College (2:00 p.m.).