No. 7 UNH women's hockey defeats Boston College, 8-2

DURHAM, N.H. -- Senior forwards Annie Fahlenbock (Toronto, Ont.) and Chandy Kaip (Radvile, Sask.) sparked the Wildcat offense with two goals and three assists, respectively, and senior goaltenders Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) and Hillary Ensor (Grapevine, Texas) combined to make 12 saves to lead the seventh-ranked University of New Hamsphire to Sunday afternoon's 8-2 Women's Hockey East victory against Boston College on Senior Day at the Whittemore Center.

UNH improved to 26-6-2 overall and 13-2-0 in the league while Boston College ends the season at 12-17-3, 2-10-3. The Wildcats are the second seed in the Women's Hockey East Championships and will play third-seeded Maine in a March 15 semifinal game at Northeastern University's Matthews Arena. Top-seeded Providence will play UConn in the other semifinal game.

Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.) began the scoring with a power-play goal at 9:54, then struck again at 15:48 to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. She netted her power-play tally from the left circle with the assistance of Randi MacMaster (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.), who was credited with her team-high 23rd assist of the season. On the second goal, Edgar snuck into the slot from blue line and wristed a high shot into the net. Stephanie Jones (Kimberley, B.C.) hit the tape of Edgar's stick from the left corner.

The Wildcats scored three goals in 53 seconds early in the second period. Vicki Davis (Edmonton, Alb.) scored at 2:22 and linemate Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) potted a goal 19 seconds later to extend UNH's lead to 4-0. Kaip assisted on both goals, while Davis and Hansen registered a helper on the other's goal.

Fahlenbock, with the assistance of seniors Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.; two assists) and Nicole Stefanilo (Sanford, Maine), completed the barrage at 3:15 to increase the Wildcat advantage to 5-0. BC's Kaitlin McGrath interrupted UNH's string of scoring with one of her own at 9:05. Natalie Hummel and Heidi Seidewand assisted McGrath in scoring BC's first of the game. Fahlenbock returned fire late in the second with a tally at 17:25 to give the 'Cats a 6-1 lead.

Jones scored her team-leading 21st goal of the season 1:33 into the final frame for a 7-1 advantage. BC's Heidi Seidewand struck at 7:06 to trim the deficit to 7-2, then Thomas capped the scoring with 3:38 remaining.

Huggon stopped eight of nine shots in two periods of play. Ensor made four saves and allowed one goal in the third period. BC goalie Alison Quandt made 28 saves.

This was the final home game for seven UNH Wildcats, including defenseman Randi Hickox (Mississauga, Ont.), who recorded her first goal of the season Saturday vs. BC.

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