NORTHFORD, Conn. - Debbie Bernhard (Acton, Mass.) scored two goals, including the game-winning goal, to lead the ninth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team to Friday evening's 5-3 non-conference victory against Quinnipiac University at the Northford Ice Pavilion.
UNH, which outscored Quinnipiac 27-0 in three games last season, improved to 4-0-0 while this was the season opener for the Bobcats.
With the game tied, 3-3, in the third period, Bernhard potted her second goal of the game at 12:49 to give the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish. Kristen Thomas (Wilmington, Mass.; three assists) and Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) set up the tally.
Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.), with the help of Thomas, scored an empty-net goal with 13 seconds remaining to secure the victory.
UNH goaltender Jen Huggon (Plymouth, Mass.) finished with 13 saves for her 52nd career victory, a total that is tied for the second-best mark in the program's history. Mel Courtemanche made 39 saves for QU.
In the first period, the Bobcats took a 2-0 lead on goals by Gillian Gallagher (at 6:20) and Megan Young (12:50). UNH pulled within 2-1 at 16:22 of the opening stanza on a goal by Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.).
The Wildcats tied the game at 12:32 of the second period on Bernhard's first tally, then took a 3-2 lead 22 seconds into the final frame on a goal by Kristine Butt (Pembroke, Mass.). Gallagher struck again for Quinnipiac to tie the game, 3-3, at 3:40.
UNH concludes its two-game series at Quinnipiac on Saturday (5 p.m.). The next Wildcat home game is their Women's Hockey East conference opener, Nov. 2 vs. Maine. The game, which will be broadcast live by NHPTV, begins at 2 p.m.